Talk:Union Theological Seminary (New York City)

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"It is home to the Burke Theological Library which is second only to the Vatican's Apostolic Library in the scope of its collection."

This statement needs some support or reference -- what criteria are being measured here? (anon.)

The necessary modifying criterion I can think of is "in printed materials". --Wetman 12:06, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

"Bird's-eye view at Claremont Ave. & 122nd St." as a brief snippet of information for the second photograph is wrong, however, I am unsure as to how to correct it because simply clicking the edit tab for the page does not bring up the ability to edit the information grouped with the pictures. As for the picture in question, instead of pointing south, the camera is actually pointing north from between 120th and 119. This can be figured out because it is the chapel of Union that is the main focal point of the picture, but the chapel is south of the tower in the picture, as it is in reality. Also, you can see to the very right of the picture, barely edging its way in, is a section of a building belonging to Barnard, which is also south of Union. So someone with a little more technical expertise than I can fix this mislabeling to read, "Bird's-eye view at Claremont Ave., between 120th and 119th" or something like that (although technically, the picture is also not exactly on Claremont, but rather between Claremont and Riverside - but thats just splitting split hairs I suppose). Flyingfarther 05:13, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Doh, I figured it out. It was right in front of me. I've made the necessary changes. Flyingfarther 05:16, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Design sources for the tower[edit]

"Crossing tower of Durham Cathedral isn't accurate. For more likely comparisons, see, for example St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, and the later 15th-century illustrations to the List of towers in Somerset.--Wetman (talk) 16:54, 15 April 2009 (UTC)


I created a redirect from Union Theological Seminary, New York to here. But actually it probably was the wrong thing to do. Looking at WP:RS and WP:Commonname the mouthful "Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York" probably isn't the commonname. It's done now, but anyone feel free to RM. In ictu oculi (talk) 11:22, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Incorrect title[edit]

The official name of this institution is Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. That should be the title, since the colloquial "Union Theological Seminary" has multiple WP pages. I'm going to make a bold move. Carrite (talk) 15:48, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

I was unable to move. Carrite (talk) 15:49, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
I was able to move and renamed it Union Theological Seminary (New York) as its short name, but retained its official name in the opening section and infobox. The old page name, Union Theological Seminary (Manhattan) is never used by UTS, but the official name seems too long for a Wikipedia page name. Jm3106jr (talk) 07:06, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Requested move 13 October 2014[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: no consensus to move the page, per the discussion below. Dekimasuよ! 16:19, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Union Theological Seminary (Manhattan)Union Theological Seminary – The Union Theological Seminary is the main "Union Theological Seminary" out of the three such seminaries listed in the disambiguation page. --Relisted. George Ho (talk) 03:14, 21 October 2014 (UTC) – Epicgenius (talk) 13:29, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

This is a contested technical request (permalink). Gregkaye 14:21, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

Opposition to Move - Disagree[edit]

Many thanks to Epicgenius for making this request, even if it seems he would prefer that it not be moved.

I am not sure why Gregkaye and Anthony Appleyard feel this move is unwarranted.

I first moved this article to Union Theological Seminary (New York) as at least more accurate as far as its name and now it is known. It was listed before as Union Theological Seminary (Manhattan) as it still is. But this is too specific and no one knows this seminary as "Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan" even though it is indeed in the Borough of Manhattan. There is no seminary by this name in the United States and yes, it is most certainly the most preeminent seminary and the oldest that bears this name. The one in the Philippines was almost certainly named after it and is not an internationally known theological graduate school unlike its NY namesake.

The 7 organizations listed on the disambiguation page do not even use the same name - with the exception of the one in the Philippines. The other 5 listed are sufficiently distinct in name to not cause confusion. I can see having a message that says "for Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines click here" on the main UTS page, but other than that, I don't see why this is a contested issue. Jm3106jr (talk) 01:21, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

We can try again; the article can be moved to Union Theological Seminary (New York City), which is an amicable resolution for all. Epicgenius (talk) 01:23, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
You can always try the same move again if you can provide sufficient evidence to prove that your seminary comfortably meets WP:PRIMARY. However my personal research did not back this conclusion. In the RM you can also mention other optional names like Union Theological Seminary (New York) or Union Theological Seminary, New York, Union Theological Seminary (New York City) or Union Theological Seminary, New York City or other versions right up to Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Gregkaye 01:40, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
I agree with Epicgenius that moving the article to Union Theological Seminary (New York City) is the amicable solution that should be acceptable to all. Is there agreement? Jm3106jr (talk) 17:29, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
I also concur. Epicgenius (talk) 17:30, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
There being no further objections, I have moved the page to Union Theological Seminary (New York City) and I have updated the disambiguation page. Jm3106jr (talk) 19:18, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

Union and Columbia[edit]

Just to clarify: Union is not a graduate school of Columbia University. It is an independent seminary that is affiliated to Columbia along with several other institutions. Columbia does designate Union as its constituent faculty of theology, but it does not thereby incorporate the seminary or its faculty into the University. The only part of Union that is owned and operated by Columbia is the Burke Library which Union sold to Columbia to stabilize its finances with the proviso that the library would remain within Union and would be perpetually accessible to Union students, staff, and alumni. Interestingly, Columbia did offer to incorporate Union in the 1980s, but the seminary rejected the offer over concerns on academic independence. IACOBVS (talk) 05:33, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

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How is Union ecumenical? The word means "embracing the entire world" and hence "including all Christian denominations". Are there any Catholic or Orthodox faculty at all? You know, those two blocks that together make up more than 60% of the world's Christians? Even if there were, Union is obviously a Protestant seminary. Maybe the intended meaning is that it is "pan-Protestant", but that's not "ecumenical". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:42, 11 July 2017 (UTC)