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 over 20 denominations and faith traditions. And 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
United’s mission began with the formation of the United Church of Christ, a denomination established in 1957 when two theological schools merged. Yankton School of Theology, based in South Dakota, served the needs of German Congregational Churches, and Mission House in Wisconsin met the religious needs of German settlers, becoming the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
From the union of these seminaries, the UCC was born, and a new institution—United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities—was planted in Minnesota, opening its doors in 1962. This is the foundation upon which United’s Mission, Vision and Values are based.