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Music that Makes Community

Join us for a one-day Music That Makes Community workshop at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities on Saturday, January 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We’ll gather in The Bigelow Chapel, a beautiful interdenominational worship space, to learn and sing paperless music from varied religious and musical traditions.

Presenters Conie Borchardt and Paul Vasile will explore the basics of paperless music leadership, share songs and leadership practices that can enrich your community’s musical life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

The workshop is sponsored by the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and is free to students and faculty. Individuals from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and beyond are also welcome to attend with a donation to cover registration costs.

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Community Chapel – Lessons and Carols

Bigelow Chapel

Tom Witt, United Seminary Music Coordinator Leading. Students and staff of United participating

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Lessons and Carols is one of the most anticipated Community Worship services of the year at United. Based on the tradition at Kings College in Cambridge, UK, United’s adaptation makes the service contemporary and relevant, inviting you to slow down to be present to the sacred messages of the season as Christmas Approaches. Come and help create this liturgy of Advent through song, prayer and worship as we anticipate the coming presence of God.

Chapel service at United Theological Seminary is open to the public. It is an expression of our diverse community. Because of this, our worship will be an ongoing dialogue between particular traditions, ecumenical endeavors, and interfaith unity. Some services may be outside one’s practice. At those times, we invite all to engage in the ritual and choices made in constructing the worship that stems from a deep, authentic yearning to engage with the holy. The resonance and dissonance of other traditions may assist us in reflecting on our own journey of faith. At United, we believe this opportunity is a rare gift that can lead us to engage one another more profoundly and discover how our paths are woven together.

“Our [worship is] where we dip our tired bodies in cool springs of hope, where we retain our wholeness and humanity despite the blows of death.”                                                                                -Richard Wright Twelve Million Voices

 

Community Chapel – Methodist Center Worship

Bigelow Chapel

Methodist Center Chapel Service

Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas Preaching (Head Pastor, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Paul)

Chapel service at United Theological Seminary is open to the public. It is an expression of our diverse community. Because of this, our worship will be an ongoing dialogue between particular traditions, ecumenical endeavors, and interfaith unity. Some services may be outside one’s practice. At those times, we invite all to engage in the ritual and choices made in constructing the worship that stems from a deep, authentic yearning to engage with the holy. The resonance and dissonance of other traditions may assist us in reflecting on our own journey of faith. At United, we believe this opportunity is a rare gift that can lead us to engage one another more profoundly and discover how our paths are woven together.

“Our [worship is] where we dip our tired bodies in cool springs of hope, where we retain our wholeness and humanity despite the blows of death.”                                                                                -Richard Wright Twelve Million Voices

 

Ignited Souls: The Spirit of Social Transformation

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The intersection of spirituality and social transformation is one of the most compelling ways to create lasting change. Many of our most revered activists and leaders have used spirituality as the cornerstone of their work.

Gandhi. Martin Luther King, Jr. Desmond Tutu. The Dalai Lama.

All inspired and propelled by the power of spirituality and faith.

In the face of unprecedented social unrest, it’s time to talk about how faith and spirituality–things that often seem to divide us–can actually be among the most powerful and uniting forces on the planet. Our panel, “Ignited Souls: The Spirit of Social Transformation,” will explore how to galvanize the passion of spirituality and faith into socially transformative work that furthers the well-being of all.

Whether you’re a leader, activist, ally, or simply someone who has been shocked by the divisiveness and injustice of our world and feels compelled to act, this event will help you tap into that well of inspiration to resist oppression, advocate for justice, and participate in transforming the world–in whatever way you feel called.

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Six Intersections of Art and Theology

The arts are a conduit for the holy, inviting us to experience God in both creation and appreciation, calling upon us in familiar and surprising ways. Wilson Yates, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion, Society and the Arts, has defined and written extensively on six ways in which art intersects with theology; we’ll see how these intersections contribute to our spiritual understanding and expression. Join in this presentation by a critical thinker and founder of the field of theology and the arts.

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“John Wesley’s Theology: A Vision for the Future” with Dr. John Cobb

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Bigelow Chapel