Union Presbyterian Seminary

Union Presbyterian Seminary

We exist by God’s grace to educate, inspire, & support generations of bold, faithful servant leaders The campus is on the national historic registry.

Since its formation in 1812, Union Presbyterian Seminary has sustained the intention of its founders to provide education for Christian ministry that is scholarly, pastoral, and engaged with contemporary life. The seminary occupies a 56-acre campus in historic Ginter Park in Richmond's Northside, with classroom buildings, a mix of student housing options, landscaped grounds, and one of the finest

Operating as usual

28/03/2024

In observance of Good Friday the Seminary will be closed on March 29, 2024.

26/03/2024

Have You Got Good Religion? In celebration of Women’s HERstory month, Rev. Melanie Jones Quarles, PhD (KGCCWL Director), sits down with author Reverend AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D., to discuss her new book, Have You Got Good Religion?: Black Women's Faith, Courage, and Moral Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, on the official publication release day. Please join us via FB Live and YouTube for this exciting conversation on Tuesday, March 26th, at 7 PM ET!



The Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary (KGCCWL) recognizes the significance of centering Black women’s scholarship as viable sources and resources for theological education. Can(n)on Conversations is a new webinar series launched by KGCCWL that is all things womanist wisdom to support and encourage new titles, writers, and womanist ideas.

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It was a great day at the Seminary's Richmond Campus Union Presbyterian Seminary to celebrate the 2024 Student Awards!

19/03/2024

Theopoetics represents an emerging field within religious studies that integrates art, song, poetry, speech, and other embodied practices to emphasize faith, imagination, and wonder. Womanism, as a prophetic social movement that addresses the survival and liberation of Black women, reclaims Black women’s experiences, history, bodies, aesthetics, literature, and art as primary sources for theological reflection and biblical interpretation. This Just Talk/Talk Just conversation “Womanist Theopoetics: Embodied Intersectional Approaches” emphasizes the powerful influence of womanist approaches to theopoetics that values embodied ways of being and knowing while mapping intersectional realities of oppression and transformative possibilities for hope.

To register:

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Enjoy some beautiful spring images from around the Richmond campus Union Presbyterian Seminary

11/03/2024

During women’s history month, learn more about the Seminary’s eighth President Jacqueline Lapsley as she comments on the bond between the Richmond and Charlotte campuses Union Presbyterian Seminary. Check out all of Dr. Lapsley’s videos in the series via https://bit.ly/MeetJacq23

08/03/2024

Women's history month began with a funny and feminist view on Luke 10 in this sermon by Dr. Frances Taylor Gench in this week's chapel service Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. https://bit.ly/Gench10Luke

05/03/2024

The Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership welcomes ten Howard University students as service volunteers to scan, code, and sort the Cannon Library Union Presbyterian Seminary this week!

In line with our womanist witness and wisdom initiatives, KGCCWL welcomes ten Howard University students (in collaboration with Alternative Spring Break ) as service volunteers to scan, code, and sort the Cannon Library this week! 2200 HU students are participating in sites across the US this year. 108 students are serving in sites around RVA. Welcome !!!

Pictured here:
KGCCWL Director Rev. Dr. Melanie Jones Quarles pictured with students

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If you’ve thought about earning an advanced professional degree, it’s not too late...applications for the DMin program Presbyterian Seminary are open until March 15. Be sure to check out the admissions brochure to learn more at https://bit.ly/applyUPSem23

29/02/2024

Hot off the press...the latest edition of Sharon & Brook is available online now! Learn about the 2024 Sprunt Lecture speakers plus learn more about the inauguration of Jacqueline Lapsley the eighth president of Presbyterian Seminary! https://bit.ly/SharonAndBrookFeb24

29/02/2024

Grateful for the joy of collaborating with Gujranwala Theological Seminary in Pakistan! Union Presbyterian Seminary President Jacqueline Lapsley with Principal Khan and Khashia Emmanuel on the Richmond Campus of UPSem.

28/02/2024

Race - America’s original sin - continues to plague us as a nation. Despite hopeful strides made over the last 50 years, racial divisions in many areas remain. Though we made progress through legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and policies and practices like affirmative action, many of these policies and programs have since been overturned or undermined by partisan politicized courts. We are in desperate need of that elusive resolution to the problem of race in America.

Please join us for a discussion about the Reimagining America Project, a grassroots effort of clergy, activists, and local leaders in and around the Charlotte community. In this conversation, we will explore the impact race has on the systems of our society and how we might reimagine these systems for a more just society. The Reimagining America Project offers our nation hope that although this problem seems intractable, we can find our way toward an America that lives up to its exceptional promises.

Demonstrating Intersectional Justice: The Reimagining America Project 26/02/2024

Please join the Center for Social Justice & Reconciliation tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. for a Just Talk/Talk Just webinar about the Reimagining America Project, a grassroots effort of clergy, activists, and local leaders in and around the Charlotte community. In this conversation, they will explore the impact race has on the systems of our society and how we might reimagine these systems for a more just future. The Reimagining America Project offers our nation hope that although this problem seems intractable, we can find our way toward an America that lives up to its exceptional promises.
You can register for this event at the link below:

Demonstrating Intersectional Justice: The Reimagining America Project Join us for a conversation on intersectional justice and reimagining systems and society.

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Save the date! The 2024 Sprunt Lectures will be held at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond May 6-8. This year's lecturer is Dr. John J. Thatanamil, Professor of Theology and World Religions at Union Theological Seminary. Worship will be led by Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, past president of Princeton Theological Seminary. The Alumni Luncheon on May 7 will feature Rev. Lori Archer Raible of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. Registration information can be found at the link below.
https://bit.ly/Sprunt24

18/02/2024

Join the virtual book club on Thursdays beginning February 22 from 6-8 p.m. to discuss Rebellious Wives, Neglectful Husbands: Controversies in Modern Qur’anic Commentaries written by Dr. Hadia Mubarak. Sign up at this link: https://na.eventscloud.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=785284&

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We were all grateful to hear middle level MDiv student, Rev. Juliette Davis, give an impactful sermon about love during yesterday's chapel on the Richmond campus. Please copy and paste the link below for a message that everyone needs to hear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfMvrmYGKpU

13/02/2024

Save the Date for this year's Dawe Lecture on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Watts Chapel on Union Presbyterian Seminary's Richmond Campus. This year's lecturer is Dr. Hadia Mubarak, Assistant Professor of Religion at Queens University. Dr. Mubarak will explore the implicit ways one receives and learns Islamophobia. We also plan to stream this event for those who can't make it in person.
You can register for the event at this link:
https://bit.ly/24Dawe

Get ready for the Dawe Lecture by registering for the Dawe Lecture Book Club.
https://bit.ly/DaweBookClub24

Chapel - February 7 - Richmond Campus 13/02/2024

This month's chapels are hosted by the Black Caucus in honor of Black History Month. Last week, Alumnus Jabriel Hasan started off our celebrations with an inspirational message. You may watch last week's chapel via the link below. Don't forget, you can watch most Wednesday chapels live at 11:45 a.m. EST via our YouTube channel.

Chapel - February 7 - Richmond Campus

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Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Charlotte campus and Trinity Presbyterian Church would like you to Save the Date for Alumni Saturday: "Engaging a Fearless Faith" on March 9. Worship and Lunch will be led by Rev. Jimmie Hawkins at 11:45 a.m. Rev. Hawkins will also lead a workshop on Faith and Politics from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Rev. Kate Murphy and Rev. Jimmie Hawkins will engage alumni, students, Trinity Presbyterian members and the community in conversation about faith in the public square at Legion Brewing 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

RSVP to Saturday’s lunch [email protected]. For more information contact [email protected] .

04/02/2024

The Union Presbyterian Seminary Bible Department invites you to attend this Spring semester's colloquium on Tuesday, 2/13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Multi-media room of the library or via Zoom. The topic is "What Happens When a Girl Walks Home Alone at Night in the Bible?: Reimagining Gender Violence in the Prophets.” The speaker, Prof. Rhiannon Graybill, is the Marcus M. and Carole M. Weinstein & Gilbert M. and Fannie S. Rosenthal Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Richmond. The Zoom link for the event is here: https://bit.ly/Feb13Ezekiel .

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Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, the bishop in residence for the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, gave a wonderful message at Wednesday's chapel on Union Presbyterian Seminary's Richmond campus. District Superintendent Hyo Lee from the Three Notched District of the Virginia Annual Conference was also present and read scripture during the service. You may watch the entire service on our YouTube channel via the link below.
https://bit.ly/UMCBishop

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What a grand hotel for APCE’s national gathering this year, in downtown St. Louis! I love being here with countless former PSCE, and now UPSem alums, current students, faculty, and staff, as well as many other ‘church friends’ from across the U.S. I can’t wait for our seminary alum luncheon, Friday (1.26.24) at 12:45 in the New York / Central Illinois Dining Rooms, at this Union Station Hotel!

25/01/2024

Dr. Rebecca Davis and Program Associate Sarah Dianne Jones from Union Presbyterian Seminary 's Center for Excellence in Christian Education are present at APCE's Annual Event in St Louis this week! We are looking forward to seeing Alumni at the luncheon tomorrow afternoon.

21/01/2024

Did you know that Union Presbyterian Seminary has a mascot? Meet Elmo the Squirrel! Elmo's birthday is today, January 21, which also happens to be National Squirrel's Day.

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Since its formation in 1812, Union Presbyterian Seminary has sustained the intention of its founders to provide education for Christian ministry that is scholarly, pastoral, and engaged with contemporary life.

It occupies a 56-acre campus in historic Ginter Park in Richmond's Northside, with classroom buildings, a mix of student housing options, landscaped grounds, and one of the finest theological libraries in the United States. The campus is on the national historic registry. Worship is held several times a week when classes are in session. Students organize and lead worship, with additional participation and leadership from faculty, alumni, and staff. In addition, the community participates in meals, formal and informal fellowship gatherings, lectures and discussions, community service opportunities, social events, and athletic programs. Students are encouraged to become involved in the life of local congregations.

Union offers programs at a second campus in Charlotte, NC, where the curriculum is designed especially for second-career students who continue full or part-time work while pursuing theological study. The fellowship of the student cohorts along with the leadership and support of the faculty and staff is a particular strength of the program.

The Blended Learning Program provides a means to pursue part-time graduate study toward the Master of Christian Education degree without relocating by combining distance learning in one's home setting with intensive on-campus sessions in Richmond twice a year.

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Can(n)on Conversations: Women's HERstory Month
Womanist Theopoetics
Two Campuses, One Faculty at UPSem
Demonstrating Intersectional Justice: the Reimagining America Project
A few words from @UPSem President Jacqueline Lapsley on President's Day!
Meet the next VP of Advancement Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty in this less than 2 minute video! https://bit.ly/24UPSemVPadv
On campus Advent parties are a favorite tradition at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Students, faculty and staff come toget...
Is (Re)conciliation Possible?
Paving the Polls: Voting Rights and Equity
Just Intersections: Paving the Way of God
Diversity is part of life. Learn more from the eighth president of Union Presbyterian Seminary  Dr. Jacq Lapsley, as she...
Women in ministry are welcomed at UPSem! Hear from President Jacq Lapsley on leading the Seminary into today’s church Un...

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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday 08:30 - 17:00