On Saturday, December 10, UTS will be hosting an Open House at its extension center in Manhattan at 4W 43rd Street. This is an opportunity for prospective students to visit the urban campus a few steps off 5th Ave, where they can learn about the degree programs that UTS offers and meet with current students, staff and faculty.
“Our seminary is one of the few accredited theological graduate schools in the United States that is interfaith,” according to Dr. Kathy Winings, UTS Vice President for Academic Affairs, who also noted the tremendous diversity of the student body.
Founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Mrs. Moon over 40 years ago in 1975, approximately one half of the students in the 2015-2016 academic year were from faith backgrounds outside the Unification faith.
Many students are earning their degrees in Master of Divinity as preparation for careers in pastoring churches, chaplaincy and diverse creative ministries. Others are seeking the Master of Arts in Religious Studies in order to work in the field of conflict resolution or in nonprofit leadership. Still others complete the Master of Religious Education degree to pursue a teaching ministry or to build a career in peacebuilding.
“The training I received at UTS has helped me birth a successful ministry and form a healthy body of believers. The fact that UTS had a fusion of Jewish, Christians and Muslims in the same classroom appealed to me, too,” says Rev. Raymond Dyer, pastor of the First Church of Illumination in Harlem. He adds: “The future shines bright; is pregnant with excitement and it is largely due to the training for Master of Divinity I received from the seminary.” Rev. Dyer graduated in 2012 with a Master in Divinity from UTS.
“...it [UTS] has deepened and given more meaning to my spiritual journey in life. The classes are pragmatic but highly reflective and inward looking.” Elena Bahian MRE candidate
“UTS has been a great help to allow me to fellowship with other nations and their cultures,”Apostle Nabiyah Baht Yehuda, M.Div. UTS Class of 2015
“Through my UTS experiences I am sharpening my vision and my goals” Arul Vellappan M.A. candidate
“At UTS I’ve learned how to truly appreciate people of all faiths.” Theresa Devore, UTS Class of 2013
“This is my first semester and I am loving it.” Marivir Montebon M.A. candidate