The following report is from Dr. Robert Kittel, UTS ’93, who was in Kathmandu on April 25 and whose wife remains there. Dr. Kittel is temporarily visiting the United Statesand serves as the Universal Peace Federation Director for Education in Asia.

The Unification Theological Seminary welcomed two new trustees to the Board in April, Dr. Hugh Spurgin, UTS President announced.  “We are looking forward to the energy and talents of Dr. Thomas Ward and Dr. Christine Hempowicz of the University of Bridgeport,” Spurgin said.

uts leadership meets ffwpu leadershipAt table, l-r: Dr. Hendricks, Dr. P. H. Kim, Dr. Julia Kim, Dr. Lonnie McLeod; standing l-r: Mr. Antal, Dr. Mickler, Dr. Wilson, Dr. WiningsOn July 8, 2008, the core UTS leadership team were hosted by the incoming Regional President couple of the seminary’s sponsoring movement, Dr. Pyung Hwa Christopher Kim and his wife, Dr. Julia Kim, at the Unification Church New York headquarters building. Dr. Tyler Hendricks, Dr. Michael Mickler, Dr. Andrew Wilson, Dr. Kathy Winings, Dr. Lonnie McLeod and Mr. Chris Antal shared an intensive afternoon introducing the current work of the seminary to Dr. and Mrs. Kim.

Dr. Hendricks presented the new seminary DVD, “UTS Through Students’ Eyes” and led the group through a free-ranging discussion of seminary education in an interfaith setting, and the particular strengths and challenges facing UTS.

The group determined a number of important areas for attention, including student recruitment and spiritual formation, the UTS web site as a resource provider for education in ministry and interfaith peacebuilding, the developing of long-term investment instruments, the work of the Board of Trustees, and the potential for the expansion of the Extension Center as a vibrant center for ecumenism and social action under the leadership of Dr. McLeod.

The Kims accepted the UTS invitation to make a formal visit to the main campus in Barrytown after the beginning of the Fall semester.

Dr. and Mrs. Kim have experience in seminary leadership through their work with the UTS Asia graduate program in the Philippines. Dr. Kim is a graduate of UTS class of 1994.

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