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United Days: Reunite, Reflect, Reinvigorate

There is a new format and a new name for Spring Convocation. Your time is valuable, so we've streamlined United Days - where we reflect back on the year, and the years, at United - to make it easier for busy schedules. United Days sets aside time to:

  • Explore a new subject
  • Meet up with old friends
  • Make new acquaintances
  • Gather for worship
  • Share fellowship over meals
  • Learn what's been happening at United
  • Leave refreshed for your work or daily life

Please note the Alum Association will meet during the Alum Dinner, rather than over breakfast, so more are able to attend.


Exploring the role of individuals and faith communities in caring for the earth -- from theological, prophetic and practical perspectives.



REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Register Online or contact Renee Flesner, 651.255.6138

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8:30 AM   Check In
9:00 AM   Worship and Opening Communion with Alika Galloway, co- pastor at Kwanzaa Presbyterian Church
10:25 AM   Break
10:50 AM   Welcome and Announcements, President Barbara A. Holmes
11:00 AM  

Carlton Waterhouse, associate professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - "Ecological Ethics and Environmental Justice: Justice and Fairness in Caring for Creation"

12:00 PM   President's Lunch or Context Café (by preregistration)
1:45 PM   Diane Wilson, executive director of Dream of Wild Health - “Dream of Wild Health”
2:45 PM   Break
3:15 PM  

Panel Discussion
Gail Anderson
Panel participants: Tim Johnson, Brandon Krosch, Sally Mills, Jennifer Tacheny

Representatives of local faith communities share practical ideas about their environmental work and/or ministry.

4:30 PM   Closing
5:45 PM  

Alum Reception & Dinner (off campus - by preregistration)


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Alika Galloway is co-pastor of Kwanzaa Community Church in Minneapolis. Alika also is spiritual director and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education. She has served three years on the City of Minneapolis' Urban Health Task Force and is creator and executive director of the Sidewalks Saving Lives HIV/AIDS prevention arts initiative. Alika is nationally known as a womanist scholar and an expert in health disparities impacting African-American females.

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The Presenters

Carlton Waterhouse, associate professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, is nationally recognized for his work on environmental justice and internationally known for his research and writing on reparations for historic injustices and state human rights violations. Carlton began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he served in the Office of Regional Counsel in Atlanta, Ga., and the Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C.


Diane Wilson (Dakota) is a Master Gardener, Mdewakanton descendant, and executive director for Dream of Wild Health, a 10-acre nonprofit farm that helps connect the urban Native Community to indigenous foods and medicines. Diane brings a passionate commitment to the organization’s work on reducing American Indian health disparities. She is also a well-known author who has published two books about Dakota history and related topics: Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past and Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life.


The Panel

Gail Anderson ’05, moderator, is director of Interfaith and Intercultural Initiatives (III) at United. III is working to connect the seminary to other faith groups, multicultural organizations, social service agencies and nonprofits in the Twin Cities. United’s students will also benefit as they move outside the classroom to learn with and from others in the community. Prior to working at United, Gail served as director of Unity and Relationships at Minnesota Council of Churches.



Tim Johnson, panelist, has been the pastor of Cherokee Park United Church since 1981. He plays many leaderships role in the community and the wider church, including being active in antiracism work, helping found the Facilitating Racial Equity Network, and serving as moderator for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. In 2004, Tim helped organize an environmental conference that became the genesis for Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.



Brandon Krosch, panelist, is beekeeper and director of physical plant at United. At home, Brandon sells 100% pure, raw honey through Krosch Gardens, which is the name his grandfather had for his gardens and beekeeping in Clarks Grove, Minn. Brandon is a third generation Krosch beekeeper, keeping the name going and passing it to his children. The Krosch family promotes sustainability and family values connecting God and nature, and, as he says, "All in our backyard!!!"


Sally Mills
, panelist, is co-chair of the Green Sanctuary Committee at Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bloomington. She earned her MBA in sustainability and entrepreneurship and is the owner of Triple Green Solutions, LLC, a sustainability consulting company specializing in zero waste, energy efficiency and sustainability strategy. In Sally's spare time, she and her daughter Leslie, who graduates from United this year with a Master of Divinty, practice the Japanese martial art of Aikido.


Jennifer Tacheny, panelist, has a master's in pastoral ministry and 15 years experience in religious studies, social justice and spirituality education. She serves as co-director and community garden coordinator of Celeste's Dream at Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Paul, is a mentor for the Food Justice Coalition at St. Catherine University, and is on the board of directors for Appetite for Change. She and her husband Steve are performing musicians and run a small organic vegetable business in Mankato during the summer months.


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12:00-1:30 PM
Strobel Room (McMillan 209)

Hosted by President Barbara A. Holmes, this lunch celebrates anniversaries and memorable times at the seminary. Graduates from the classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 2004 will be honored and invited to share stories. All are welcome to attend. Advance reservations required.

Fee: $11.00

12:00-1:30 PM

Please register ahead.

Fee: $8.50

Reception: 5:45 PM, Dinner: 6:30-8:45 PM
Columbia Manor Golf Club
3300 Central Ave NE

Minneapolis MN 55418

The 2014 Distinguished Alums, Rufus Campbell '90 and Sharon Wilson '94, will be recognized along with retiring professor of New Testament theology, Marilyn Salmon (pictured). All alums are invited to a brief meeting of the Alum Association at 6:15. Advance reservations required.

Fee: $35.00

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Regular $100
Retired or Senior $55
Current United Student $0 (no charge)
Non-United Students $25


Register Online or contact Renee Flesner, 651.255.6138.

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United Days: Reunite, Reflect, Reinvigorate is presented with generous support
from the Picard Lectures in Environmental Theology and Ethics


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