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November

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.

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.

Register >

“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).

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FriNov 0 5

Community: BIPOC

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.

SunNov 0 7

Soup Singing

Soup Singing is an invitation to cook nourishing food, sing, and co-create togetherness grounded in a sense of reverence and justice for the Earth. Anyone is welcome to share a song or spiritual practice. Send an email to current UTS student and song leader Doe Hoyer (email address in this week’s Monday Morning) to express your interest in sharing something.

Save the date! Upcoming Soup Singing gathering will be 12/12.

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.

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus is Professor of Religion and Henrietta Jennings Faculty Chair for Outstanding Teaching at Wheaton College (MA). He is the author of Gastronomic Judaism as Culinary Midrash (Lexington Press, Dec., 2018) and has published numerous articles on food rituals and Jewish food in the Proceed­ings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, Studies in Jewish Civilization, and other journals, and has translated Rabbenu Bahya ben Asher’s fourteenth-century Hebrew mystical manual on food, Shulhan Shel Arba (Table of Four) into English which is available online. He has regu­larly taught “The Rituals of Dinner” First Year Seminar at Wheaton for over twenty years, as well as courses such as Gender and Violence in the Bible, Intro. to Comparison of Religions, Smells and Bells: The Sensual Dimension of Religions, and Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being from a Comparative Religious Perspective. He regularly stages meal rituals at home and at Wheaton and other places, even virtually. He’s currently working on a book on the myths and meal rituals of American Thanksgiving. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies (New Testa­ment) from Vanderbilt, and is ordained as Reconstructionist Rabbi. He lives, cooks, eats, and gardens with his wife Maia, an elementary school teacher in Providence, RI. You may know him best as Max Brumberg-Kraus’ dad.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link.

Join a contemplative chapel this evening with Rev. Emily Meyer, executive director of The Ministry Lab. Our focus will be Cultivating Gratitude through Simple Stillness. This will be a gentle time of prayer and song. All are welcome.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact chapel@unitedseminary.edu with questions or concerns.

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.

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.

Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 15
2:00 PM CT

A group for support, fellowship, and preparation for ordination and ecclesiastical council preparation.

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

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.

Sept. 8, 2:00 PM; Sept. 22 7:00 PM; Oct. 13, 2:00 PM; Oct. 27, 7:00 PM; Nov. 10, 2:00 PM; Nov. 24, 7:00 PM; Dec. 8, 2:00 PM CST

Who: LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members
What: Twice monthly queer-only space for fellowship, collaboration, and co-conspiring
When: 2nd Wednesdays at 2 PM, 4th Wednesdays at 7 PM (CST)

A space for LGBTQIA+ United students, staff, faculty, alums, and broader community members to meet for support, fellowship, learning and community building.

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

On Thursday, November 11 at 11:45 AM CT, United will be hosting a book event celebrating the paperback release of Dr. Wheeler’s Religion Within the Limits of History Alone. Join us on campus or via livestream for a discussion and Q&A with Dr. Wheeler and special guest Dr. Sheila Greeve Davaney. United Dean Kyle Roberts and Rev. Andrea Johnson (’17) will also offer responses to the book. They will discuss the pragmatic historicism Dr. Wheeler advances in his book: a historicism which takes religion seriously as part of a changing, messy, temporal, fragile, diverse, and vibrant world. This pragmatic historicism invites us to reconstruct our theologies for our time and place.

REGISTER >

This group is for any students with any disabilities, whether related to physical, intellectual, mental health, or a combination of any type. This will be for peer support. The first meeting is Friday, November 12 at 2 PM CT/3 PM ET. For any questions, please contact Stephanie Niemela. See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and contact information.

The Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 years later

On campus or via Zoom

United, along with United Church of Christ in New Brighton, the Amos Task Force of the Minnesota Conference UCC, and Living Table United Church of Christ, will welcome Phil Armstrong, Interim Director of the Greenwood Rising History Center, to speak with us about the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 years later. The program will also include music performed by the One Voice Mixed Chorus honoring the life and work of Bayard Rustin, organizer and right-hand-person to the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Contact Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis for more information.

Interim President Molly T. Marshall participates at the installation service of Rev. Charles Owens (’13)

From Spirit of Peace UCC Facebook page:

Spirit of Peace, in partnership with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, is excited to be welcoming Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall to our church. Dr. Marshall will be leading Adult Forum at 9:00am and preaching during worship at 10:30am. Her Adult Forum topic will be, “Formative Practices that Nurture Spirituality” and her sermon is, “Labor Not in Vain” based on 1 Corinthians 15:58.

Members of the Spirit of Peace community, friends and alumni of United Theological Seminary, and anyone who attends, will have an opportunity for a meet and greet with Dr. Marshall following worship.

Additionally, at 3:00pm the same day, Spirit of Peace will install Rev. Charles D. Owens as its new senior pastor. Dr. Marshall will be involved in the service, and a special offering will take place to support United Theological Seminary.

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.

Current DMin student Ellison Domkap will speak to the Arts Lunch about the journey and future of Elratam Ministry. The vision of Elratam Ministry is to engage the arts and equip artists for spiritual transformation.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link.

*Note: There will not be an Arts Lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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.

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.

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.

Sept 22; Oct 20; Nov 17; Dec 1
3:00 PM CST

A group for Secular Humanist, Christian Humanists, Religious Naturalists, and adjacent friends. Share the latest article from The American Humanist Association, debate an essay from the new Oxford Handbook on Humanism edited by Dr. Anthony Pinn, or share a film review. Open discussion.

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

Essentials for Ministry: Not-Your-Average Boundaries Training

Nov. 17 & 18, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM CT

LeaderWise’s online boundaries training workshop is lively and interactive, full of reflection and conversation. Attendees have given us feedback that our boundaries training was a great experience, AND caused them to re-evaluate some of their own practices.

Learn more & register >

Some scholarships are available for this Leaderwise workshop. Contact Rev. Karen Hutt for more information.

Essentials for Ministry: Not-Your-Average Boundaries Training

Nov. 17 & 18, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM CT

LeaderWise’s online boundaries training workshop is lively and interactive, full of reflection and conversation. Attendees have given us feedback that our boundaries training was a great experience, AND caused them to re-evaluate some of their own practices.

Learn more & register >

Some scholarships are available for this Leaderwise workshop. Contact Rev. Karen Hutt for more information.

Join us in Chapel this morning for a time of reflection in the Christian tradition. The message this morning will be led by UTS Assistant Professor of and Director for Interreligious Chaplaincy, Rev. Dr. Jessica Chapman Lape. All are welcome.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact chapel@unitedseminary.edu with questions or concerns.

Amplifying Black Narratives: The Creation of Black Narratives

Rev. Karen Hutt, Vice President for Student and Community Engagement, sends along information about an upcoming virtual event in the community. “Amplifying Black Narratives: The Creation of Black Narratives” will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, 7-8:15 PM CT. It will feature writers Larry McKenzie and Sagirah Shahid in a discussion with moderator Dara Beevas. They will talk about representation feeding their creativity, sharing to give voice to the voiceless, how they find their narratives, and supporting writers and creators of all styles and ages.

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.

Sept. 29; Oct. 29; Nov. 19; Dec. 8
3:00 PM CT

A group for mutuality, interdependence and support. Navigate the Aspirant/Candidate process, access grants, engage regional networks and meet with national leadership.

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

National Staff Visit from the Unitarian Universalist Association

Do you have a timeline for your ministerial credentialing mapped out?
Have you reached Aspirant status?
Do you know about the financial resources available to you when you become a candidate?
Do you know about internship options for chaplaincy students?
Are you familiar with the changes taking place with community ministry?

If you have questions we will have a guest that can answer these questions and more.

The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong (he/they), Ministerial Credentialing Director, Ministries and Faith Development, Unitarian Universalist Association

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link.

St. Anthony Park UCC
2129 Commonwealth Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

President Marshall will be preaching at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ this coming Sunday, November 21, 2021. Attend worship in person or via Zoom at 10:30 AM! Rev. Victoria Wilgocki (’06) is the pastor of SAPUCC. More details about worship here: https://www.sapucc.org/

SunNov 2 1

Soup Singing

Soup Singing is a creative hub for Eco-ministries…
… and you are invited to join us online from your kitchen!

Prepare ingredients for a favorite soup at home while learning a few original Earnest Earth songs from current UTS student and song leader Doe Hoyer. Doe teaches by aural repetition call and response, while all other participants are learning along, muted on Zoom. Then while our soups simmer, let’s connect! Soup Singing gathers a growing group of United seminarians, faculty, alumni, and friends/family holding shared and diverse visions and curiosities for Earth reverence and justice ministries.

Register here>

Questions? See this week’s Monday Morning for Doe’s contact information

Save the date! Upcoming Soup Singing gatherings: 12/5, 12/12

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.

Sept. 27; Oct. 25; Nov. 22
7:30 PM CT

For seminarians who are combining their service as a spiritual leader with membership in the armed forces. Those pursuing the Chaplain Corp., are currently in the reserves, or on active duty are encouraged to participate. This is also a space for veterans and those considering military service.

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

Sept. 20; Oct. 18; Nov. 22
3:00 PM CT

The Baptist community group is an invitation to all to gather and support one another in seminary and to explore issues, concerns, theology, and faith development. This is a new group at UTS and we are excited that you may join us.

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

TueNov 2 3

No Arts Lunch

No additional detail for this event.

Join us in Chapel this evening for a time of guided musical reflection led by Dustin Wilsor. Come as you are.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact chapel@unitedseminary.edu with questions or concerns.

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.

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.

Sept. 8, 2:00 PM; Sept. 22 7:00 PM; Oct. 13, 2:00 PM; Oct. 27, 7:00 PM; Nov. 10, 2:00 PM; Nov. 24, 7:00 PM; Dec. 8, 2:00 PM CST

Who: LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members
What: Twice monthly queer-only space for fellowship, collaboration, and co-conspiring
When: 2nd Wednesdays at 2 PM, 4th Wednesdays at 7 PM (CST)

A space for LGBTQIA+ United students, staff, faculty, alums, and broader community members to meet for support, fellowship, learning and community building.

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

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.

Sept. 23; Oct. 28; Nov. 25
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM CT

The Methodist Affinity Lunch Group welcomes all Methodist students, whether UM ordination track or not, to gather and support one another in seminary and to hear from Methodist denominational leaders, ministers, and others who can provide students resources in their journey through seminary and beyond.

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

No additional detail for this event.

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.

TueNov 3 0

Giving Tuesday

As we approach United’s 60-year anniversary, Holy Possibilities abound for the seminary. Our mission is expanding across the globe with our growing student body — a compassionate group called to create a society of justice, love, and inclusion for all. We hope you will join us this Giving Tuesday as, together, we Craft the Future of United and our world.

Our goal for our Annual Fund drive is to raise funds to support our growing student body and the services that guide their world-class education — books, financial aid, faculty, and more.

Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous alum, new or increased recurring monthly gifts from now until Dec. 14 will be matched with a gift of $500! Any donor who gives more than $50 per month will be added to our new Lydia Society.

Please help spread the word with your networks and ask them to join you in supporting United students on Giving Tuesday.

Click here to help us meet this challenge!

Found Object Theology: How pulp sci-fi book covers can teach us how to write about God

Join Ben Menghini and Natalie Wigg-Stevenson as they discuss three of the pulp sci-fi alternative covers Menghini designed for Wigg-Stevenson’s recent book, Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art. In this book, Wigg-Stevenson argues that theology done as performance art stops trying to describe who God is, and starts trying to make God appear. A daring vision of theology which will energise anybody feeling ‘boxed in’ by the discipline, Transgressive Devotion blurs borders between orthodoxy, heterodoxy and heresy to reveal how the very act of doing theology makes God and humanity vulnerable to each other. Menghini’s pulp sci-fi covers offer three entry points into the enthralling and interwoven themes of Transgressive Devotion.

Ben Menghini is a doctoral candidate in Theology at the Toronto School of Theology. He is currently writing his dissertation which interrogates the theological trope of a generous orthodoxy. This interdisciplinary work draws on sociology and cultural anthropology to describe a theological generosity with a disposition toward tragic receptivity. For a preview of his found object theological art project Theological Texts as Pulp Sci-Fi, visit @benbenghini on twitter.

Natalie Wigg-Stevenson is Associate Professor of Contextual Education and Theology at Emmanuel College, Toronto. Her research explores how ethnographic methods can help create theological conversations across church, academy and everyday life. Her work is interested in queer temporalities/historiographies, cultural theories of practice and practices for decolonizing higher education. She is the author of Ethnographic Theology: An Inquiry Into the Production of Theological Knowledge (2013) and Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art (2021).

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