Follow the Pathways to Learning and Leadership

Dear Friends, Mark your calendars! In September, we will launch a new program of online and hybrid courses that will help meet the educational requirements toward leading a congregation as a Commissioned Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Our Leadership Institute is proud to offer these five-week courses which will be taught by our … Continue reading Follow the Pathways to Learning and Leadership


Board Member Jonyrma Singleton in the Church Triumphant

By Helen Bessent Byrd (M.Div. ’07) In early June, President Brian Blount shared the sad news of the death of Reverend Jonyrma Singleton of Shaker Heights, Ohio with the seminary community.  Born on December 3,1948 in Savannah, Georgia, Jonyrma an alumna (M.Div. ’88), like me credited her life experiences at Boggs Academy, a now-closed Presbyterian boarding … Continue reading Board Member Jonyrma Singleton in the Church Triumphant


Professor Richelle B. White Authors New Book

By Helen Bessent Byrd (M.Div. ’07) Dr. White, Associate Professor of Youth Ministries and the first African American tenured faculty member at Kuyper College in Lansing, Michigan has written a new book entitled, “Repertory with Roots – Black Youth, Black History, Black Culture, Black Music and the Bible,” (Xulon Press, 9.781498476645, $18.49).  White, whose expertise is … Continue reading Professor Richelle B. White Authors New Book


Stewardship Begins in the Heart

By Helen Bessent Byrd (M.Div. ’07) Stewardship emanates from a commitment to God who owns the earth and all that is in it (Psalm 24:1).  As recipients of God’s favor, we enjoy the bounty of the earth.  In response, as children of God, it is incumbent upon us to manage well the resources that God … Continue reading Stewardship Begins in the Heart


Black Lives Matter! Selma!

By William R. Freeman (M.Div. ’01) Back in 1965, most people had never heard of this small town in southern Alabama.  Selma was just another place where Jim Crow was the way of life and a racist man named Jim Clark was the sheriff. I was a young man of 26 born in the even … Continue reading Black Lives Matter! Selma!


Gems for your Journey: Strength for the Task

By Veronica Martin Thomas (M.Div. ’07) The theme for this year’s Black Alumni Association Trailblazer Award was, “Strength for the Task.”  The New Testament foundation Scripture was I Peter 5:6-10 with emphasis on verse 10.  This verse assures us that after we have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace will determine what … Continue reading Gems for your Journey: Strength for the Task


UPSem alumni offer relief to flood-ravaged WV

By Crystal R. Sygeel  (M.Div./M.A.C.E. ’96) UPSem Communications On June 23, 2016, a phenomenon known as “train” flooding – which involves thunderstorms lining up over the same location like the cars of a freight train – hit West Virginia and nearby parts of Virginia. Before it stopped the region had received eight to 10 inches of water … Continue reading UPSem alumni offer relief to flood-ravaged WV


Pokémon Go or Pokémon No for Christians?

Pokémon Go was a Pokémon no go in Japan recently as the game-maker worried that the  hype generated by a leaked email might crash the system. With more than 30 million downloads in over 30 countries already, this app-based augmented reality game already has way more adherents than most Christian denominations in the U.S. That kind … Continue reading Pokémon Go or Pokémon No for Christians?


Incoming students enjoy face-to-face fellowship

By Sandy Irby Director, Communities of Learning Program The Richmond campus burst into life this summer as participants in Union Presbyterian Seminary’s (UPSem) annual Communities of Learning (CoL) program gathered for their greatly anticipated “Face-to-Face” (F2F) event. After eight weeks of small-group, online study and discussion, students, faculty advisors, and alumni mentors gathered during a … Continue reading Incoming students enjoy face-to-face fellowship


Statement from President Blount on the passing of Dr. Kenneth Orr

Dear Friends, It is too soon, it seems, for another statement announcing the passing of a beloved member of our seminary community. And yet, I am saddened to share the news of the death of Dr. Kenneth B. Orr (B.D. ’60; Th.M. ’61), president of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education from 1974-1979. Dr. Orr’s death … Continue reading Statement from President Blount on the passing of Dr. Kenneth Orr