Union Seminary Quarterly Review was founded in 1939 as a platform for inspired and socially-engaged religious thought. Prominent contributors in the early days of the review included Reinhold Neibuhr, Paul Tillich, Martin Buber, and Albert Einstein.

As a continuation of the intellectual rigor and creative voice that characterized our rich history, USQR has expanded its vision to embrace a multicultural outlook in theology and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion. Reflecting this new perspective, it has featured articles and book reviews by established and emergent biblical scholars, historians, ethicists, theologians, and other academic, church and social commentators.

Although editorially independent of Union Theological Seminary, USQR continues to be managed by doctoral students of Union, with support and participation from faculty and administration.