Union Theological Seminary

Nonprofit Organization

Founded in 1836, Union is the oldest private, independent, non-denominational seminary in the United States, with a mission to educate leaders for ministry, extend the work of social justice and to enrich the academy.


Union Theological Seminary has always embodied the freedom to learn and the freedom to teach—ideals that may be more critical than ever to churches and society at this moment in history. Founded in 1836, Union forged a new vision for theological education: to center ministerial training in an urban context so that academic excellence and personal faith might respond to the needs of the city.

Today, a new Union in a world city remains faithful to that vision. With roots that are firmly planted in the Protestant, Reformed tradition, the Seminary continues to reform itself in response to the changing needs of the world and an evolving understanding of what it means to be faithful.