The United Church of Christ (UCC) chartered United as an ecumenical seminary that would embrace the universality of all Christian denominations and include faiths outside of Christianity. Today, the student body, faculty and staff of United represent more than 20 denominations and faith traditions. True to the UCC’s sensibilities, United continues to champion social justice, integrate arts and theology, and promote bold and respectful dialogue among people of all faiths.
Today’s Mission, Vision and Values
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities fosters intellectual, spiritual and personal growth to educate innovative and compassionate leaders.
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities values…
..its heritage as a seminary of the United Church of Christ and other faith traditions as the foundation for genuine dialogue and profound spiritual experience.
…rigorous academic study as an expression of the human spirit.
…life long learning that nurtures the journey of spiritual seekers from all walks of life.
…challenging conversations and bold partnerships for societal transformation.
…a culture of creativity where integration of the arts and theology is fundamental.
…promoting a just, peaceful and sustainable world through stewardship and courageous action.
United is recognized as a generous and welcoming seminary where all–trailblazers and tradionalists, questioners and yearning spirits–explore the boundless possiblities of loving and beloved community.
A Progressive Ethos Based in History
A school with deep roots in the Upper Midwest and an enduring dedication to ecumenical education, United was established in 1962 by the United Church of Christ through the merger of Mission House Seminary of Plymouth, Wis., and Yankton School of Theology in Yankton, S.D.
Mission House Seminary (pictured left)—the German Reformed Prophetenschule (“school of the prophets”)—was founded in 1862 to meet the religious needs of German immigrant settlements in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states. Mission House eventually became one of three seminaries of The Evangelical and Reformed Church.
Yankton School of Theology (pictured right) was established in 1869 to serve the needs of German Congregational churches in Middle America. Yankton was first located in Nebraska and Chicago, before settling in South Dakota.
In 1957, the United Church of Christ was formed from the union of Congregational Christian churches and The Evangelical and Reformed Church. As a result of this union, Mission House Seminary and Yankton School of Theology came together to create a new institution—United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities—which was planted in Minnesota, opening its doors in 1962.
Reflecting the uniting spirit that led to the formation of the United Church of Christ, the merging of the two schools responded to the need for an ecumenical center of theological studies in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. This is the foundation upon which United’s Mission, Vision and Values are based.