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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 Catholic priest. [6][7][8][1] 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]



  • Tyler Hendricks - President of U.S. Unification Church (1991-2000), now president of Unification Theological Seminary (UTS).[10] Hendricks served as a vice president of the Unification Church of the United States from 1988 to 1995.[11] He was promoted to the position of church president, a post he held until 2000.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Yamamoto, J. I., 1995, Unification Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House ISBN 0310703816 (Excerpt:)
    "1. The Unification Theological Seminary
    a. The Unification Church has a seminary in Barrytown, New York called The Unification Theological Seminary.
    b. It is used as a theological training center, where members are prepared to be leaders and theologians in the church.
    c. Since many people regard Moon as a cult leader, there is a false impression that this seminary is academically weak.
    d. Moon’s seminary, however, has not only attracted a respectable faculty (many of whom are not members of his church), but it also has graduated many students (who are members of his church) who have been accepted into doctoral programs at institutions such as Harvard and Yale."
  2. ^ History UTS website. Accessed July 6, 2008.
  3. ^ Unification Theological Seminary, Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  4. ^ Tyler Hendricks, Unification Theological Seminary 28th Anniversary Talk - "Today's Jacob Needs Heart and a Competitive Edge", September 23, 2003.
  5. ^ a b Korean Moon: Waxing or Waning Leo Sandon Jr. Theology Today, July 1978, "The Unification Church purchased the estate and now administers a growing seminary where approximately 110 Moonies engage in a two-year curriculum which includes biblical studies, church history, philosophy, theology, religious education, and which leads to a Master of Religious Education degree."
  6. ^ Dialogue with the Moonies Rodney Sawatsky, Theology Today, April 1978. "Only a minority of their teachers are Unification devotees; a Jew teaches Old Testament, a Christian instructs in church history and a Presbyterian lectures in theology, and so on. Typical sectarian fears of the outsider are not found among Moonies; truth is one or at least must become one, and understanding can be delivered even by the uninitiated."
  7. ^ Where have all the Moonies gone? K. Gordon Neufeld, First Things, March 2008, "While I was studying theology, church history, and the Bible—taught by an eclectic faculty that included a rabbi, a Jesuit priest, and a Methodist minister—most of my young coreligionists were standing on street corners in San Francisco, Boston, and Miami urging strangers to attend a vaguely described dinner."
  8. ^ Helm, S. Divine Principle and the Second Advent Christian Century May 11, 1977 "In fact Moon’s adherents differ from previous fringe groups in their quite early and expensive pursuit of respectability, as evidenced by the scientific conventions they have sponsored in England and the U.S. and the seminary they have established in Barrytown, New York, whose faculty is composed not of their own group members but rather of respected Christian scholars."
  9. ^ Church urges Christian unity: Valley seminary open since 1975 Poughkeepsie Journal, 2003-12-11 "The seminary usually hosts about 120 students from all over the world, with the majority coming from Japan and Korea, where Unification has large bases."
  10. ^ Tyler Owen Hendricks, Unification Theological Seminary
  11. ^ New President for US Church, Peter Ross
  12. ^ Unification News for June 2000

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