Degree awardees from Bachelor of Arts to Doctor of Ministry got their marching orders to go forth and be the light of the world on Saturday at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in Barrytown, New York.

Faculty and students of Barrytown College said goodbye to each other Friday, May 22nd, with their signature elements of emo, film, PowerPoint, poetry and – oh yes -- group dancing. By all appearances, a lot of memories had been packed into a short two-year span in which Unification Theological Seminary had launched its first undergraduate program.

eric sylteThis summer, UTS is welcoming Rev. Eric Sylte as its new Director of Student Life and Chaplain.

Before coming to UTS, Rev. Sylte was Pastor of the Seattle Family Church and Human Resources Manager at a seafood company in the Seattle area. Of Norwegian ancestry, Eric grew up in Coos Bay on the Oregon coast and joined the Unification movement in Eugene, Oregon, in 1976.

Rev. Sylte served as the Unification Church pastor in Nashville, Tennessee and as an educator at the Atlanta Workshop Center before matriculating at UTS in 1989. After completing his Masters of Divinity in 1992, Eric resumed the ministry in Portland, Oregon and then Seattle.

The Director of Student Life and Chaplain is a new position at UTS, expanding the former Dean of Students office. Student surveys have indicated a request for increased spiritual formation and counseling services. The DSLC will assume these functions, working with a team in a newly formed “Office of Spirituality and Community Life.”

 

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