Friday, November 12, 2010

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 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

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.