Episcopal Divinity School today formally announced their agreement with Union Seminary of New York and appointed the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas as their new Dean .
Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary announced May 19 that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in New York City beginning in the fall of 2018.
“We had three goals when we began to plan this news phase in EDS’s life,” said the Rev. Gary Hall, chair of the EDS board. “We wanted to continue providing Episcopal theological education within an accredited, degree-granting program, deepen our historic commitment to gospel-centered justice, and provide financial strength and stability for EDS’s future. Today, I am delighted to say that we have achieved all three.”
New Dean of EDS at Union appointed;
EDS appointed the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, currently the Susan D. Morgan professor of Religion at Goucher College in Maryland and Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral, as the first dean of EDS at Union. Douglas will also join the Union faculty as a professor. She is the author of many articles and five books, including “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” which was written in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
“Kelly Brown Douglas is one of the most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers, and activists in the nation,” Jones said. “We are confident that Union’s longstanding commitment to both the Gospel and social justice will be strengthened and enhanced under her leadership.”
Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union. Her academic work focuses on womanist theology, sexuality and the black church, and she is a sought-after speaker and author on issues of racial justice and theology.