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October 31 - November 06
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    31.October.Sunday
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  • 01
    01.November.Monday

    Symposium Week, November 1-3

    12:00 AM
    November 1, 2021-November 3, 2021

    Join us for United’s first Symposium Week on November 1-3! Our theme is “Back Together,” as we celebrate returning to campus in person. Professor Emerita Carolyn Pressler will deliver a plenary talk on what she’s learned from her students over the years. Artist and activist Daniel Arzola will speak about his exhibit for the second plenary session. Each day will feature workshops, papers, chapels and spiritual practices, an ongoing collaborative arts project with alum Sheryl Schwyhart (’20), and refreshments. All on-campus events will be accessible via Zoom.

    There will be a nominal registration fee ($10 for students; $20 for alums and general public); need-based exemptions can be requested.

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the complete schedule.

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    Arts Lunch: Community Art Project

    11:30 AM-1:00 PM
    November 1, 2021

    “Arts Lunch” during Symposium Week

    United alum Sheryl Schwyhart (’20) will be returning to campus to facilitate the creation of a community art textile-based sculpture during Symposium Week (week Nov. 1-3). The project will begin during the 11:30-1 PM time slot on Monday. Stop by the Intersection throughout Symposium Week to contribute to the project! All are welcome — there are many ways to participate (even for self-declared “non-arts” folks).

    Virtual Call and Response

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    November 1, 2021

    Come Collaborate in virtual Call and Response!

    “Back Together” we
    Will write lines of poetry,
    Gifting words to share

    Inspire, create, dare
    Friends near and far, united
    Makers we are all

    Finding ways to call
    And respond with artful song
    Words, paint, dance, and yarn

    Each with unique charm
    We offer our visual gifts
    That others are blessed.

    Join us in a collaborative Call and Response art activity, facilitated by current DMin student Andrea Rosselle! Together, at our Zoom meeting, we will write lines of poetry about being “Back Together”. (If you miss the meeting you can add your line on our collaborative Google doc linked in Monday Morning). Our individual “responses”, done throughout the week and inspired by a line from the collaborative poem, will be photographs of our creative artworks. Your creative response can be movement, drawings, sculptures, or whatever your creativity sparks! Our poetry and our photographs will be shared with the United Community after Symposium week.

    CPE Information Session

    12:00 PM
    November 1, 2021

    Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
    Information and Skill Building

    Every Monday at 12 noon CT

    If you’re enrolled in a degree program that requires you to complete one unit of CPE, these informational sessions will answer all of your questions. Prior to coming to UTS, Rev. Karen Hutt was a CPE Educator at four major hospitals in Chicago and most recently at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She is currently leading a local CPE Program in Public Chaplaincy. Given the nature of the pandemic, programs will vary throughout the country. This will require you to have a coherent plan for your application process and site selection. All sessions will be informational based on the questions you bring. Get familiar with acpe.edu. Individual meetings: calendly.com/khutt

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Karen Hutt for more information.

    An Evening of Recognitions

    5:30 PM-9:00 PM
    November 1, 2021

    Join us for an Evening of Recognitions and celebration as we gather back together on campus (or, if you prefer, via livestream). We are pleased to recognize these beloved faculty members and our distinguished alums on Monday, November 1, 2021.

    Be sure to register to join us for these events:

    5:30–6:00 PM CT: RECEPTION AND DISTINGUISHED ALUM EVENT
    2020: Minn. State Rep. Rev. Todd Lippert (’03); 2021: Bishop David A. Bard (’84)

    6:00–6:30 PM CT: LIGHT DINNER
    Due to the ongoing impact of COVID, we will not have a reception as planned, but instead we will provide boxed lunches from Cafe Latte. We encourage you to select a lunch and find a place that is socially distanced for eating. Please return to the chapel by 6:30 PM for the Nelson Room Dedication.

    6:30–7:15 PM CT: REV. DR. JAMES B. NELSON ROOM DEDICATION
    As a teacher, Jim pioneered new avenues of thinking and ethics. Jim’s early voice around human sexuality, in particular, shaped and prodded the church in significant ways that are still known and celebrated. We will dedicate our largest classroom in his name.
    If you have a Jim memory that you want to share, feel free to send it to Cind​i Beth Johnson. We will collect them and share them with others.

    7:30–9:00 PM CT: PLENARY TALK: PROFESSOR EMERITA REV. DR. CAROLYN PRESSLER
    Beloved professor, effective and powerful educator, and passionate activist for social justice, Carolyn Pressler will deliver a plenary talk: “Teachers as Learners and Learners as Teachers: A Message of Gratitude.”

    Sessions are held on campus, but will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Questions? Contact Andrew: afox@unitedseminary.edu.

    Please note: We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of everyone present. The seminary’s updated COVID policy requires event attendees to both wear a mask and to be vaccinated.

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  • 02
    02.November.Tuesday

    Artist Talk: "Artivist" Daniel Arzola

    7:30 PM-9:00 PM
    November 2, 2021

    Join us for Daniel Arzola’s first gallery exhibit in Minnesota. Having popularized the term “artivism” (art and activism), Arzola will offer an artist talk on his work to face homophobia and transphobia, break down queer stigma, and confront LGTBQ prejudice through the transformative power of the arts.

    Daniel Arzola is a visual artist, Human rights activist and lecturer winner of a Trailblazer Honor Award of Logo TV for its contribution to the LGBTQ community. Daniel Arzola popularized the term “Artivism” being the creator “No Soy Tu Chiste” (I’m Not a Joke), a series of posters with approaches that face homophobia and transphobia, work that was also translated into twenty languages and supported via Twitter by the American singer Madonna.

    Read more about Daniel Arzola and his artist talk, and Register for the event here.

    The artist talk will be held on campus, but also will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Questions? Contact Ashley: ahovell@unitedseminary.edu.

  • 03
    03.November.Wednesday

    Contemplative Prayer Gathering

    8:00 AM
    November 3, 2021

    All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week. Please use this form to submit your prayer request.

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and who to contact for more information.

    Midweek Retreat with the Ministry Lab

    12:00 PM
    November 3, 2021

    Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat every Wednesday at 12 PM CST. Take a half an hour each week to be present with God, your Self, and others. Develop your personal practice and discover how deepened awareness and greater emotional and spiritual balance enable you to engage more fully, creatively and energetically in the essential work of God’s Beloved Community. To learn more or to get on the weekly reminder email, contact Emily Meyer (’09): ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.

    Vocational Network Building

    12:00 PM
    November 3, 2021

    Every Wednesday – 12 noon to 1:00 PM CT

    You imagine yourself in a ministry, but you can’t quite visualize it. You think you understand what the job market is like for chaplains, but you are uncertain what path will fit your particular needs. Come meet with your future colleagues from around the nation, make connections, and ask practical direct questions about your future career paths.

    Stuff Chaplains Do (Sept.15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10)
    Stuff Ministers Do in Rural Areas (Sept. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 17)
    Stuff Ministers Do in Urban Areas (Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24)
    Stuff Non-Profit Directors Do (Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1)

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Rev. Karen Hutt for more information.

  • 04
    04.November.Thursday
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  • 05
    05.November.Friday

    Community: United Pagans

    11:45 AM
    November 5, 2021

    Sept. 17; Oct. 1, 15; Nov. 5, 19; Dec. 3, 17
    11:45 AM CT

    Our group seeks to facilitate mutual support and conversation between students who are under the broad umbrella of nominally Pagan traditions or approaches. We have self-identified Heathens, Wiccans, Druids, and, of course, Pagans among our known numbers. We also foster a space for sharing ritual notes, ideas about chaplaincy, and interfaith engagement. And we welcome any United student who is Pagan-friendly/curious/adjacent. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Sometimes just to chat. And, on occasion, to gather in ritual.

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and who to contact for more information.

    Community: BIPOC

    7:00 PM
    November 5, 2021

    Black, Indigenous, Multiracial and People of Color (BIPOC)

    Sept. 24; Oct. 1; Nov. 5; Dec. 3
    7:00 PM CST

    A time for reflection, resilience, and reverence. Let us build a community that sustains us beyond the “gaze.” Bring your concerns, your prayers, and your dreams for ministry. Bring a ritual that honors our BIPOC ancestors. Bring humor, love, and joy to this place for us to be.

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Rev. Karen Hutt for more information.

  • 06
    06.November.Saturday
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