You may be wondering: Will I fit in at United? Will I be both supported and challenged? Will I thrive? If you are intentional in your discernment and sincere in your agreement to do the work, we are confident the answer is yes.
At United, there is a community of learners that is unrivaled in its variety. In any given class, you might find:
- AME leaders and UU congregants
- Residents of Duluth who commute once a month
- Residents of on-campus housing who walk to class daily
- Recent undergrads, stay-at-home parents, and a retiree eager for reinvention
- Straight social justice activists and gay pastoral care ministers
- Full-time students finishing their M.A. in two years and “turtle track” M.Div. students working full time and taking one class a semester
Those spirited discussions often carry over into our Context Café, where students, staff and faculty alike are invited to pull up a chair and join in the conversation. We talk about things like the mysterious nature of God and the amazing new restaurant we stumbled upon last weekend. We question, we debate, we laugh.
Seminary is hard work. There are countless hours of reading and thinking and writing. But we are also a community that knows how to have fun. After an intense semester of studying the theology of Rudolf Bultmann, what better way to relax than a potluck karaoke party? After a life-changing few weeks in “Pastoral Care for the Shattered Soul,” what better way to reconnect with joy than an all-seminary Prom?
Community Worship is a central element of life at United. We gather as a community in the beautiful Bigelow Chapel for a short worship service twice a week. Services, derived from a variety of faith traditions, are led by students, faculty, staff and special guests. One day the service may be a quiet, contemplative meditation on peace; on another day, a rallying cry for social justice around a particular issue. And another time you’ll see an elaborately dressed altar ushering in a spirit-filled celebration of the Day of the Dead.
Student Leadership and
Students are also an active and integral part of administrative life at United.
Student representatives serve on Seminary Council and standing committees. The Student Executive Committee (SEC) hosts student events, advocates for student concerns and administers the student activity fund. The Committee Advocating for Racial Justice (CARJ) is charged with monitoring and assessing institutional life with respect dismantling racism. CARJ hosts diverse interactive educational events led by the student body.
A number of interest groups meet regularly on campus. For example, the Unitarian Universalist Students group meets for lunch every Tuesday after Community Worship. You may want to join one of the numerous study groups—the ones for Introduction to the Older Testament are especially popular around finals week.