United alumni are planted across the world, doing wonderfully brave, meaningful and creative work. You’ll learn about some of them below.
At Work in the World
For Margaret, the path seemed simple. Her job with the Minnesota Council of Churches required further study, so she embarked on a program to earn her Master of Arts in Religion and Theology (’00) at United. What ultimately happened wasn’t so predictable. She describes it as a tap on her shoulder, with God revealing an unmet need in her midst. Margaret knew families needed a place to go during the day, and thus she established the only program of its kind in the St. Paul area, The Family Place.
Leaving a career in advertising, Leslie earned her M.Div. in 2012 and has found her call leading a ministry at Wayzata United Church of Christ in suburban Minneapolis. Noticing how congregations marginalize some churchgoers, Leslie instituted the Parables service, which is becoming a model for worship communities everywhere. Have a look.
Steve’s road to ministering to two congregations is a prime example of the variety of ways people discover their call. During his career as a sports reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Steve sampled a few seminary courses. As the face of print journalism altered, Steve took a buyout from the paper and headed full-time to United, where he graduated with a M.Div. in 2010. His full story here.
This 1995 M.Div. graduate credits the global immersion trips she took as part of her studies at United for broadening her worldview. As a result, she grew from having a sheltered youth in Ohio to raising her own family in South Africa. Susan tells us more about her journey here.
If you were a fan of the hit TV shows “Lost,” “Brothers & Sisters” or “Six Feet Under,” you’re likely familiar with Craig’s (M.Div ’01) creative talent as a screenwriter. Or perhaps you’ve seen his work on Broadway. Craig says, “My studies at [United] gave me a vision of how to write about spiritual or religious issues with an essential humility…I’m writing about people…having experiences they’re calling “divine.” Read more from his interview in United’s 2011-2012 Annual Report.