Resources - 2013-2014
Welcome to the 2013-2014 academic year
at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Following is
important information and links to resources designed to help you
get off to a smooth start in your studies.
Announcing the Proposed 2014 Curriculum Revision!
We have designed the new curriculum to be as flexible as possible.
Check out the new requirements*:
The 2014 curriculum revision is subject to approval by the ATS; we hope to receive approval in February. Students who have matriculated under the previous curriculum may elect to stay with the previous curriculum, or transfer to the new one. More details, including the transfer process, will be available later.
*Your denomination may have specific requirements in addition to our basic core courses. Please check your denominational requirements when planning electives. Dr. Barbara Anne Keely, director of ordained ministry programs, will be available to assist.
Click here for a Power Point presentation on the proposed curriculum changes.
New Trimester Calendar
Next year we will be converting to a trimester system. The new calendar will be composed of three 12-week terms (versus the current 13-week terms), which allows us to schedule around Christmas and Easter in a more logical and consistent way each year. Here’s a recap of what this change looks like:
- Class sessions will be 15 minutes longer:
- Morning classes will be 8:00 – 11:30 AM with a 15 minute break
- Afternoon Classes will be 1:00 – 4:30 PM with a 15 minute break
- Evening Classes will be 5:30 – 9:00 PM with a 15 minute break
- The Fall term activities will start a week later – Orientation and Community Day will be the week after Labor Day.
- Thursday and Friday classes in the fall term will start the same week as Orientation and Community Day instead of wrapping around to Monday and Tuesday in December.
- There will be an average of 4 weeks between terms.
- To schedule around Easter, the Spring term has the most variable start day. The earliest it starts is the first full week of January and the latest it starts is the week after MLK Day. The term typically ends the 2nd or 3rd week of April.
- The Easter break will run from the Monday following Palm Sunday through Good Friday.
- Convocation will not be scheduled during a term, but will be scheduled during one of the breaks, probably between Spring and Summer terms.
- Summer term typically starts the week before Memorial Day and ends the 2nd or 3rd week of August.
You can stop by the registrar's office and look at the next three academic years in calendar form or click on these links:
Professor of constructive theology, Eleazar Fernandez, will be on sabbatical during fall and summer terms
Professor of new testament theology, Marilyn Salmon, will be on sabbatical during winter and spring terms 2013-2014. Letters to students with information about temporary advisors during her sabbatical will be sent from the associate dean in late December.
Chris Smith, professor of preaching, will be on short-term medical leave during fall term 2014.
We extend a warm welcome to adjunct
faculty teaching in 2013-2014:
|During Fall Term:
||TR250 Bearing Witness: The Power of Story
||TR408 Introduction to Feminist Theologies
|Rabbi Amy Eilberg
||TR736 Introduction to Judaism for Christians
||CL331 Worship Theory & Practice in the UUA
Trish Greeves and
|IS351 Final M.Div. Integrative Seminar
|Cindi Beth Johnson
|| TR272 Arts Practicum
||CH310 United Church of Christ History
and Polity I
||CL549 Urban Social Justice Ministry
TR107 Christian Ethics
TR522 Theories of Justice and Reconciliation
|Jann Cather Weaver
||TR271 Theological Interpretation of the Arts
||IS100 Principles of Writing and Critical
Thinking in Theological Interpretation
||TR248 Theological & Spiritual Reflections on 20th Century Art
|During Winter Term:
||TR545 Process Thought and Christian Faith: Theology of John B. Cobb, Jr.
CS746 Global Encounters at Our Doorstep
|During Spring Term:
||CH330 PC (USA) Polity (weekends)
||CH110 The Orphan, the Widow, and the Immigrant: Scripture & Social Justice
||CH261 New Testament Texts in Context
||CH320 UMC History & Polity
CH462 American Religious Histories
||TR675 Seminar in UU Theology (weekends)
||CL330 Worship of the Church and
Theologies of Atonement
||CH311 UCC History & Polity II
||TR249 Engaging Theology and Religious Imagination through the Arts (online only)
||IS152 Integration of Ministry & Local Theologies (co-taught
with Carolyn Pressler)
|Herbert Perkins and Margery Otto
||CL525 Multicultural Foundation for Helping & Healing Practices
||TR509 Comparative Religious Ethics
||TR749 Buddhism in America
|Jann Cather Weaver
||TR650 Theology in Contemporary Film
||IS100 Writing for Theological Study
|During Summer Term:
||TR421 Black Theology & Womanist Theology
Click here to read more about the courses and to register.
Online and Hybrid
must be prepared to logon to the courses using high speed Internet.
Visit the Course Schedules web page for more information.
Orientation to the Older Testament
Hybrid Online Course
Instructor: Carolyn Pressler, offered in fall term
CH474 Introduction to Mod en Theology and Modern Religious Thought
Hybrid Online Course
Instructor: Paul Capetz, offered in spring term
TR105 Constructive Theology
Hybrid Online Course
Instructor: Eleazar Fernandez, offered in spring term
TR249 Engaging Theology and Religious Imagination through the Arts
Instructor: Paul Myhre, offered in spring term
New and Revised Courses
We are pleased to announce the offering of several new and exciting courses this
academic year. Click here for a list of new/revised courses. Visit the online Registration
Bulletin for more information.
The Masters Student Handbook is available online at moodle.unitedseminary.edu in a searchable PDF format. Students are encouraged to refer to the Masters
Student Handbook (located in the Student Services area),
as it holds important information about programs, policies and procedures.
For the most up-to-date news about revisions to the Masters
Student Handbook, course offerings and seminary policies during the course of the academic year,
please read the seminary’s weekly e-newsletter, Monday
Morning. The e-newsletter will alert you when revised versions of the handbook are released.
from the Registrar’s Office
The letters from the registrar include helpful information about:
- The Student Information Form and the Religious
Affiliation Denomination release
- Student ID cards
- United seminary email
- Registration deadlines
- Registration forms - which one to use?
Information for New Students (PDF)
Information for Returning Students (PDF)
United posts course registration materials online. Visit the Registration
Bulletin page of the seminary’s website (under Academics),
and you will find convenient links to registration information for
each term of the coming academic year. In addition to course information,
you will find links to course descriptions, textbook lists and
syllabi, when available.
We provide an email address to every student taking courses for
credit. The account is yours as a student. Alums of the seminary will be provided with an email account upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FERPA laws require that United faculty/staff use student seminary email for all communications. In your United
email in box you will find:
- Tuition statements
- Monday Morning, the seminary’s
- Important communications
from United faculty and staff
New students will receive login information
in their summer letter or in their student mailboxes on Orientation
Day. See the PDF brochure on instructions
for email to learn how to manage your email.
the account can be set up to redirect email to an account you check
regularly. Please note that users who elect to redirect (forward) message sent to their official email address to another address (such as AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, or Hotmail) do so at their own risk. Email lost or delayed as a result of redirection does not absolve users from the responsibilities associated with communications sent to their official email address.
Student mailboxes are located in the first floor corridor
between the Context Café and the stairs to the library and
classroom wing. Lists are posted on the mailbox end caps with your
name and mailbox number. The mailbox is located below the
number plate. In your student mailbox you will find important
items such as:
- Your student ID card, which is also your United
- Graded papers and exams
- Important information/notices from Student Executive
Searching for a syllabus for a current course? The course offering schedules are linked to course syllabi as they are received from the instructors. For reference purposes, the most recent syllabus for a course is posted until the actual syllabus is submitted by an instructor. To avoid errors, please take note of the date on a posted syllabus.
Essential Student Services
New students receive a paper copy of this helpful resource in their
Orientation packets, but returning students may find it helpful
as well. You can find the Accessing
Essential Student Services document on Moodle.
The seminary’s weekly e-newsletter, Monday
Morning, is sent via Constant Contact so it arrives in your United email inbox every Monday during the school year. Please do not unsubscribe to receiving the issues.
Read Monday Morning regularly,
as it will list important things you need to know such as:
- changes to the Masters Student Handbook
- new courses or changes to current courses
- financial aid information
- guest lectures
- seminary events
- events of interest outside the United community
Morning is issued by the vice president for academic affairs/dean’s office. Announcements
for Monday Morning should be sent to Deb
Olsen by 5:00 PM on Thursdays. Please reference ‘Monday
Morning’ in the subject line.
United uses Moodle as our course management software. Moodle
uses the same password as email. Your instructor will advise if
they are using Moodle in a course. Click
here for more information about Moodle.
United is wireless throughout the classroom wing, Spencer Library,
Context Café, Strobel Room, and Steckel Learning Center. For information,
visit Student Services Computer Support on Moodle.
For assistance with computer questions, contact email@example.com.
Photos of new students will
be taken on Orientation Day. The photos will be added to the seminary’s
online directory. Look for photographers in the Context Café
as the day begins or during the lunch break. If you are a returning
student and would like to have your picture taken, please contact Sara Smalley in the
Law Compliance by Students
It is the policy of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
that its faculty, staff and students shall comply with the laws
of the United States pertaining to copyright, with particular attention
to Title 17. Read
more about the copyright laws (PDF)...
Central Ministry Development Center (NCMDC)
Consultation Schedule 2013-2014 - updated 9/5/13
Students in the master's degree programs at United are required to
participate in one or more developmental consultations at the North
Central Ministry Development Center (NCMDC) as part of their educational
program. Depending on the student’s program, one, two or three
units is required.
The seminary requires these assessments and consultations,
because religious leadership in all its many forms is deeply personal.
Thus deepening one’s self-awareness is an important part of
graduate theological education. NCMDC consultations are one of the
means by which we support you in cultivating such self-awareness.
These consultations are not used by the seminary to evaluate you.
Instead they are designed to be part of your educational process
- education about yourself. You are the primary “client”
in these consultations, not the seminary. Since we all bring some
degree of self-awareness with us to seminary, not everything the
consultations will tell you about yourself will be new. Some of
it will confirm things you already know about yourself. That too
is an important result.
Each unit involves a two-step process. The first
is your completion of certain psychological inventories during a
scheduled time period. The second is either an individual or group
consultation about what the inventories show. For Unit I this consultation
is individual and takes place in an appointment you make with a
member of the NCMDC staff. For Units II and III a group consultation
is used that is integrated into the teaching/learning processes
of a specific class (CS252 for Unit II; IS351 for Unit III).
The schedule for those consultations for the 2013-2014
academic year is as follows:
(Required of ALL M.Div., M.A.R.L., and M.A. students):
Thursday, September 26, 12:30-1:00 PM in the Strobel
Room, for orientation to the process and receiving the needed information
to take the inventories online. Students who miss this orientation
must contact NCMDC directly at 651.636.5120. In November, students
will schedule individual appointments directly with NCMDC for the
interpretation of results.
(Required of students in CS251-252):
Tuesday morning, September 17: introduction to completion of inventories
Tuesday morning, November 5: group interpretation of the results
(Required of students in IS351):
Friday, September 13, afternoon: completing inventories
Friday, October 18, afternoon: group interpretation of the results
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Theological Seminary Student Health Plan Options
Some or all of the options listed below are available, depending
on the plan selected:
- Co-pay or Major Medical Plans
- Preventive Care
- Co-pays for Formulary Generic/Brand Drug Prescriptions
- Unlimited Lifetime Maximum
For more information, such as Plan Benefit
brochures, rates and online enrollment, visit www.davidagencyinc.com.
For more information or if you have questions, call Tim Donovan
of The David Agency at 952.277.0674.