Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) has entered into a long-term lease for its remaining Cambridge, Massachusetts property, with a local Cambridge-area religious institution, The Church in Cambridge. The lease of the property represents the completion of EDS’ physical transition out of Cambridge, as EDS reaches the halfway point in its first academic year in New York City through its affiliation with Union Theological Seminary.
As part of the formal departure from Cambridge, EDS is pleased to have been able to enter into an arrangement which protects in equal measure both EDS’ financial future and its legacy in Cambridge. It is particularly heartening that the Church in Cambridge will use the property in the same manner as EDS, thus enabling more people to pursue their call to ministry.
“We are pleased to have this final piece of our transition in place as we move to secure EDS at Union’s future of providing support for students seeking an Episcopal theological education and upholding the EDS legacy of working for social justice,” said Bonnie Anderson, President of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Board of Trustees.
In 2017, EDS announced it would be closing its Cambridge campus and the Board of Trustees signed an affiliation agreement with Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The new entity, now called Episcopal Divinity School at Union (EDS at Union), is led by Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, who was appointed Dean in August 2017.