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United Days: Reunite, Reflect, Reinvigorate

SPRING CONVOCATION HAS A NEW NAME!

Spring Convocation has a new name - United Days - and a new format this year. Your time is valuable, so we’ve streamlined United Days to make it easier for busy schedules. What remains the same is, we'll gather together so you can set aside time to:

    1. Learn something new
    2. Meet up with old friends
    3. Make new acquaintances
    4. Leave refreshed for your work or daily life
    5. Gather for worship
    6. Share fellowship over meals
    7. Find out what’s been happening at United

Also, please note the annual meeting of the Alum Association will take place during the Alum Dinner, rather than over breakfast, so more are able to attend.


“DOWN TO EARTH: FROM LEARNING TO ENGAGEMENT”
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014

We will take this day to explore the role of individuals and faith communities in caring for the earth - from theological, prophetic and practical perspectives.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
WORSHIP LEADER
PRESENTERS & PANELISTS
ALUM EVENTS & COSTS
PROGRAM COSTS

LODGING

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

     
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
11:00 AM  

Carlton Waterhouse, associate professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

12:00 PM   President's Lunch (by preregistration; lunch is available in the Context Café for other Convocation attendees)
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
Moderator:
Gail Anderson
Panel participants: 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  

Reception & Dinner for Alums & Friends (off campus - Columbia Manor Golf Course, Columbia Heights - by preregistration)

     

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WORSHIP LEADER

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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PRESENTERS & PANELISTS

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.

 

 

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 Green Sanctuary Committee at Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist UU Fellowship in Minneapolis.

 

Jennifer Tacheny, panelist, is co-director of Celeste's Dream Young Adult Spirituality and coordinator of the Community Garden at Sisters at St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Paul. A graduate of the Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings program in sustainable agriculture, Jennifer brings her education and experience to the Community Garden and to the Food Justice Coalition at St. Catherine University, where she serves as mentor. Jennifer also cooks, bakes and manages at St. Martin’s Table restaurant and bookstore.

 

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ALUM EVENTS & COSTS

PRESIDENTS LUNCH
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

RECEPTION & DINNER FOR ALUMS & FRIENDS
5:45-8:45 PM
Columbia Manor Gold Course, Columbia Heights
Reception: 5:45 PM, Dinner: 6:30 PM

The 2014 Distinguished Alum 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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PROGRAM COSTS

On or Before April 7 $80
After April 7 $100
Retired $55
Current United Student $0 (no charge)
Other Student $45

Registration required. Please check back to register. Questions? Call 651.255.6166.

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LODGING

Housing at United and nearby Hotels*


 

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