Statement from President Blount on the passing of Dr. Arnold Lovell

Dear Friends, I write to share the sad news regarding the death of Dr. Arnold B. Lovell. Dr. Lovell came to Union Theological Seminary as a graduate of Appalachian State University. A 1981 Doctor of Ministry graduate of UTS, he would also go on to earn a Doctorate in Education from the Presbyterian School of … Continue reading Statement from President Blount on the passing of Dr. Arnold Lovell


BBQ Church

By John Vest Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism I came to Richmond with a dream. One of the things that excited me the most about this new position—a partnership in evangelism between Union Presbyterian Seminary and the Presbytery of the James—is the opportunity to experiment with new forms of church and Christian community. My hope … Continue reading BBQ Church


Congratulations 2016 graduates

On Saturday, June 4, Union Presbyterian Seminary celebrated the 204th commencement service of the school’s Richmond campus. Retiring Samuel L. Newell, Jr. Professor of Preaching and Worship Beverly Zink-Sawyer presented the commencement address, “Begetting Demons and Angels,” inspired by the gospel of Luke. Union’s Charlotte campus celebrated the close of the 14th session, on Saturday, … Continue reading Congratulations 2016 graduates


Why should I consider making a gift from my IRA?

By Bernie Howell Advancement Operations Manager Married for 53 years, Tom and Ginger Scott delight in frequent family celebrations with their children and grandchildren both in their hometown of Columbia, Maryland, and during summer vacations at the beach.  Joyful moments can be at times small to sometimes grand – watching a trio of fox kits … Continue reading Why should I consider making a gift from my IRA?


Union witnesses history at GA

This year, Portland, Oregon played host to the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that kicked off June 18th. The week long event has already made history with the election of co-moderators for the first time, Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, as well as adopting The Belhar Confessions into the Book of Confessions. … Continue reading Union witnesses history at GA


For Orlando…

The Lord proclaims: A voice is heard in Ramah,    weeping and wailing. It’s Rachel crying for her children;    she refuses to be consoled,    because her children are no more. -Jeremiah 31: 15 Holy God, we  weep, we lament, and we trust that you hear our tears     before they begin to fall. … Continue reading For Orlando…


Ochs addresses religion-related violence

Peter W. Ochs, University of Virginia’s Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, addressed how to reduce religion-related violence at Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Dawe Lecture. “Recent news headlines seem to give secularists more courage to say ‘We told you so!,’” Dr. Ochs said. “Is religion itself really dangerous to humankind? Or has it taken … Continue reading Ochs addresses religion-related violence


Sprunt Lectures highlight modern urgency of Paul’s ancient letter to Romans

The Letter to the Romans gives voice to the apostle Paul’s conviction that “something has happened”—God has done something that changes things, freeing all humankind and the whole universe from potent anti-God forces and welcoming all people into God’s family. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, the 2016 Sprunt Lecturer, accented the timeliness of Paul’s message for our … Continue reading Sprunt Lectures highlight modern urgency of Paul’s ancient letter to Romans


Food and Faith

In celebration of Earth Day, participants of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s first Ecotheology Conference were challenged to think of the implications and relationship between food and faith. “If we’re interested in spirituality and relationship with God as a daily part of life, what better point to begin than in our eating?” asked Dawn DeVries, professor of … Continue reading Food and Faith


Anthropology, Astrobiology, and the Bible

“Do I view the cosmos with a certain sense of terror? I’m glad you asked that question,” asked William P. Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary’s William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament. With the audience at Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Howie Lectures in anticipation after this question, Brown continued to address the wonder that is discovered when … Continue reading Anthropology, Astrobiology, and the Bible