As the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) reaches its 40th year, faculty and staff are preparing for an unprecedented, three-day event to mark this milestone. That includes graduation of undergraduate as well as graduate students, a reception, a thinkers’ conference for alumni on Sunday and Monday, a documentary slide show, and an open discussion with President Hugh Spurgin– all at the Barrytown campus where the Founder began the school in September 1975.

A visitor to the chapel of the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in Barrytown today will open the door, and the first thing that hits him or her will be the light. His or her eyes will be drawn to shafts of light streaming down from 16 brand new, double-paned, tinted, argon-gas filled, segmented windows.

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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