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Trailblazers 2013: The Phoenix out of the Fire Recurring event

Thu, 14 Feb, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Trailblazers 2013: 
The Phoenix out of the Fire

February 7 - 28, 2013

"...and I shall multiply my days like the phoenix..."  --Job 29:18b [NRSV]

Union is pleased to announce Trailblazers 2013 honoring our Black Alumni/ae. This year's events include:

The Henry H. Mitchell Black Alumni/ae Preaching Series - evening services featuring Union's Black Alumni/ae.

Named after the “Dean of Preaching” - The Rev. Dr. Henry H. Mitchell ’44 - the preaching series is a central part of Trailblazers and Black History Month. It is a time of revival, rejuvenation and remembering, as well as a way to honor our Black alumni/ae and their gifts, while celebrating the unique spirit found within the varied African and African American worship traditions.

2013 Guest Preachers for the Preaching Series:

Hosted every Thursday at 7:00 p.m., for the duration of the month of February in James Memorial Chapel.

February 7:

The Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson, ‘87

February 14:

The Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, ‘05, ‘10

February 21:

 The Rev. Dr. Margaret Elaine M. Flake, ‘93

February 28:

 The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, ‘75

Register Online for the 2013 Guest Preaching Series>>

Please note:  Registration for the sermon by the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III is part of the Trailblazers Tribute noted on the right.

Trailblazers Tribute

February 28, 2013

Lunch 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Reception 5:00-6:30 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, '75, preaching


  • Ms. Betty Bolden
  • Rev. Tony Lee '97
  • Rev. Robina Winbush '87

Register Online for the Trailblazers Tribute>>

Trailblazers is sponsored by: the Black Caucus, the Black Women's Caucus, and Fierce, the Caucus for Queer People of Color – Union Theological Seminary; in association with The Office of Institutional Advancement, The Office of Student Life, and The Office of the President.

A Brief History of Trailblazers

In 2001, a few of the African American alumni/ae initiated a Union Black Alumni/ae Association. They reached out to many other alumni/ae that did return to Union for a memorable reunion and reconnected with each other and the institution. It was a few years later, in February of 2004 that the Black Caucus and Black Women’s Caucus of Union hosted the inaugural Trailblazers worship service and celebration.  This formal tribute was the embodiment of the organizers vision to continue the Association’s efforts and build on it, in order to connect the powerful legacy of spirituality and strength among the distinguished list of Black Alumni/ae and the current students of African descent.  The goal of Trailblazers is primarily to provide an opportunity to honor the ministerial work of Union’s Black Alumni/ae as well as provide a forum for ‘organizing’ around important and shared social justice issues. Read More>>

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