The mood of the first class of UTS at the Clinton Maryland satellite center was upbeat and veering toward the heights of optimism at its first convocation on Monday, Sept. 28th. The celebration began with prayer of blessing offered by Bishop David Billings, presiding Bishop, United Fellowship of Churches International and UTS Board of Trustees member.

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) provides an overview of enrollment, students, faculty, and finances at member schools. Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) is not yet a member of ATS, but our presidents and administrative staff have been welcomed at several ATS conferences over the last 15 years.

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Michael MicklerProfessor of Church History

- Dipl. R.E. Unification Theological Seminary
- M.A. Graduate Theological Union
- Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union

Dr. Michael Mickler is a church historian whose teaching and research interests include the history of Christianity, the American religious experience, the Unification movement, and interreligious peace-building. He sees his task as one of balancing faith with scholarly objectivity, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and a commitment to dialogue with representatives of diverse Christian traditions and world faiths.

Dr. Mickler is the primary historian of the Unification movement in America. His several books and numerous articles are recognized by the wider academic community and cited at length in major scholarly monographs on the movement. In recent years, he has contributed a number of articles on the Unification movement to mainstream encyclopedias. His 40 Years in America: An Intimate History of the Unification Movement, 1959-99 is the definitive account of the movement’s emergence and development in the United States.

Since joining the faculty in 1989, Dr. Mickler has served in a variety of administrative positions, including those of Academic Dean (1995-2000) and Vice-President (2000-2009). He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Unification Studies and serves as Academic Director of the Seminary’s Educational Resource Center (UTS-ERC).

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