Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Begins teaching at Union Theological Seminary

Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Begins teaching at Union Theological Seminary

Correspondence with UTS President Henry Sloane Coffin

Union Theological Seminary
Broadway at 120th Street
New York

President's Office
April 16, 1928

The Rev. Reinhold Niebuhr, D.D.
2726 Lothrop Avenue
Detroit, Michigan

Thank you heartily for your letter. We are delighted that your mind is made up.

If we can hear from you in the near future with regard to what you would like entered in the announcement of courses, it would help us but if you cannot do it at once wait until you come here and we will try to hold the proof and see that something is inserted. We are looking for you early in May as I understand from Harry Ward that you are to be here.

I pray that this decision on your part may be abundantly owned in days to come and that rich results will follow in the ministry of a great many men because of your presence here.

With sincere regards and also with sincere sympathy in the difficult period of re-adjustment, I am,

Cordially yours,
Henry S. Coffin

Reinhold Niebuhr Papers: Library of Congress, Manuscript Reading Room

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