Unification Theological Seminary

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The Unification Theological Seminary (UTS), is the main seminary of the international Unification Church. It is located in Barrytown, New York and with an Extension Center in midtown Manhattan. Its purpose has been described as training leaders and theologians within the Unification Church.[1] Its first classes were offered in September 1975. The seminary has had three presidents: David S.C. Kim (1975-94), Theodore Shimmyo (1994-2000) and Tyler Hendricks (2000 to date).[2] It offers a three-year Master of Divinity program, a two-year Master of Religious Education program and a Doctor of Ministry program. The Unification Theological Seminary is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a professional graduate school of religious education and ministry.[3][4]

While most, if not all, of the UTS's students have been Unification Church members,[1][5] the majority of the Seminary's professors have not, and have included a rabbi, a Methodist minister, a Presbyterian, and a Roman Catholic priest.[1][6][7][8] In 2003, the seminary had about 120 students from around the world; with most coming from South Korea and Japan, which have large numbers of Unification Church members.[9] Most students follow the two-year curriculum which includes biblical studies, church history, philosophy, theology, and religious education.[5] Many UTS graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs at institutions such as Harvard and Yale.[1]



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