Opportunities for United Students, Alums and Guests
United's Commitment to Global Education
Recognizing we live in an increasingly globalized
world, United is committed to the global awareness and engagement
of its students. One way it fulfills this commitment is the requirement
that each student take an immersion course in global justice.
courses make a significant impact on students' awareness of issues
surrounding economic justice and globalization, and participants
indicate a growth in their awareness of local and worldwide diversity.
These courses also help equip students to engage issues of global
interconnectedness and interdependence as related to the church's
mission, as well as preparing them to meet the multicultural leadership
needs they might encounter in their work after seminary.
Do I have to be a United student to attend?
Trips are open to alums, friends, family and the
wider community. All trip participants must be students and register
for the course, either as an auditor or for credit. Alums of United
or other trip participants who have a seminary degree may use our Continuing
Education Audit Registration form to register for the course. Other trip participants must apply and be admitted
as non-degree students and register for the course via our standard
For more information, contact Sara Smalley in the admissions
I'm a United student.
What are my options for fulfilling the Global Justice Requirement?
- Each academic year, United faculty lead two
international global immersion trips which fulfill the requirement.
- Every other year, a global immersion course
is offered in the Twin Cities area.
- Some students opt to take an independent study
course to fulfill the requirement.
For more information on the requirement and fulfillment
options, contact the registrar, Susan Hastings, 651.255.6120.
Global Justice Trips in 2014
Encounters on Our Doorstep (CS746, January 2014)
The class meets mornings (usually between 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM) in a variety of places in the Twin Cities during regularly scheduled, winter-term class sessions. In addition, there is a weekend trip January 17-19 to Shalom Hill Farm in Windom, Mnn. $350 deposit due December 17, 2013.
Global Justice Trips in 2013
Other Trips in 2013
- Iona Pilgrimage (October. This is not a global justice trip or for credit.)
Offered in the Past
Other Trips in 2013
October 4-12, 2013
Thank your so much for your vibrant interest in the Pilgrimage to Scotland and the Isle of Iona. Click here for the pilgrimage brochure.
We continue to work on the pilgrimage programming and are so excited to share this sacred journey with you.
Martha Postlethwaite, 651.633.4311, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramona Scarpace, 612.201.6634, Rscarpace@comcast.net
*This is not a global justice trip nor is it for credit or attached to any United course.
Offered in the Past
Global Justice Trip to the Philippines
June 10-24, 2013
Eleazar S. Fernandez, professor constructive theology
This trip offered participants an opportunity to broaden their understanding
of our global realities
as well as deepen their commitment to greater well-being in the
context of our highly globalized world. In particular, participants
were offered the privilege to live with the Filipino people,
listen to their stories, learn about people’s movements, share
their faith and hopes, engage in dialogue about global issues and
explore ways of global solidarity. Participants were exposed to the life and ministry of churches in the Philippines
and had the opportunity to explore or strengthen church
Global Justice Trip to South Africa
January 4-24, 2013
professor of preaching
Kim Vrudny, United alum and professor, University of St. Thomas
Richard Cogill, consultant
analysis of works of artistic resistance, students examined the interrelationships between two catastrophes of
the modern era in South Africa: Apartheid and AIDS. Students approached works of art with theological lenses to explore such themes
as lament, imago Dei, prophecy, theodicy, justice/charity, memory,
storytelling, covenant, forgiveness/reconciliation and hope. Artistic
examples were drawn from the visual arts (both “fine”
and “folk“ styles), music, literature (novel and poetry),
and film. Students learned about the arts of resistance through
guest presentations and tours of selected sites in Cape
Town and surrounding townships.
Global Justice Trip
June 18-July 2, 2012
Eleazar S. Fernandez,
professor of constructive theology
Peter Makari, area executive,
Middle East and Europe, Global Ministries
The Palestine-Israel Travel Seminar was an expression
of the church’s commitment to the formation of seminary students,
clergy, and lay leaders who embody a greater understanding of our
global realities, the interconnections of our lives, and the mission
of the global church. The trip provided an opportunity for participants
to see closely the Israeli-Palestinian context and listen to people’s
stories of survival, struggle and hopes. Part of the trip was engaging
in conversations with individuals who have devoted themselves to
the ministry of dialogue and peace-building. There were
opportunities to visit holy sites that are central to the major
religious faiths in the area.
Global Justice Trip to Chiapas, Mexico
January 16-26, 2012
Faculty Trip Leader: Chris
Assistant Leader: Don Christensen
In-country Trip Leader: Teresa Ortiz, Twin Cities
Mexican educator who lived and worked in Chiapas
Description: This trip focused
on the southern most state of Mexico - Chiapas. We visited co-operatives, ecological projects, and religious communities,
worshiped in Acteal with Las Abejas and spent time with some of
the Zapatista leaders. We experienced
the pervasive strength of Mayan indigenous culture and spirituality and met individuals and communities working for change and liberation, including:
1. The ongoing struggle for autonomy and liberation of the Zapatistas
2. The active non-violence strategies of Las Abejas
Liberation Theology influence of Bishop Samuel Ruiz who served the
Diocese of San Cristobal for over 30 years.
"I encountered the many
aspects of Christ in my spiritual journey to the Philippines.
The beauty of the islands and the amazing hospitality of the
Filipino people opened my eyes to the hope of the kingdom
in the midst of oppression. I am forever changed in who I
am, my relationship with God, and my ministry."
—Mickey Olson '07
"On our trip
to the Philippines, I was immersed in a culture deeply rooted
and connected to the land; they hold onto hope, live their
faith, and love one another. I experience transformation by
being in community with a people that struggle for justice
and peace everyday of their lives. It was a mountain top experience!"
—Rev. Karen J. Aitkens
Kansas City, Mo.
"Today, we had breakfast
where we are lodging and then watched a presentation with
a brief overview of Filipino history. After that we walked
to the mall two blocks away and had lunch. I had stuffed squid,
a crab dish, some kind of stewed pork and pancit (noodles).
I also bought some durian fruit for later to share with my
adventurous travel mates."
United M.Div. student