Union Presbyterian Seminary Uses Technology to Provide Community Resources

Union Presbyterian Seminary announces the launch of Union Live. Union Live is the seminary’s new communication channel which utilizes webcast technology to provide interactive learning opportunities. Now online audiences have the ability to participate in book lectures, guest speaker presentations and training classes no matter where they are physically located. Union Live presentations are offered at no charge to the participants as a resource for the church and anyone interested in theological education.

The first presentation of Union Live was The Dean’s Forum on Faculty Research which featured the recently published book by Professor Mark Valeri, Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America. The inaugural presentation was limited to a select viewing audience who actively participated by having an online chat and posting comments. When Pulitzer Prize winning author, Taylor Branch, visited Union Presbyterian’s Richmond campus on October 26, the program was webcast live to online audiences in Charlotte, NC.

“The creation of Union Live is one of many ways we plan to use the technologies and tools of the 21st Century in the training of pastors, educators, and church layworkers, as we realize our vision of forming leaders and transforming the church,” says President Brian K. Blount.

The prerecorded lectures are now available on the Union Presbyterian website. To access Union Live, visit www.unionlive.org to view lectures and see a listing of upcoming events. To participate in a live event, a user must create a login and preregister for each one individually.

Since 1812 Union Presbyterian Seminary (formerly Union-PSCE) has been dedicated to the vision of forming leaders and transforming the church. The Seminary has two campuses that serve a diversified student body in Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina. The Extended Campus Program offers an opportunity for students for whom graduate level education would be impossible without a hybrid format of mixing distance learning with intensive periods of on campus study.

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