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Martha Postlethwaite
Professor of Spiritual Formation
Chaplain
Ordained elder in the United Methodist Church
Appointed 2002

B.A. Carleton College
M.Div. Union Theological Seminary
M.A. Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago (Counseling Psychology)
Certificate Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation (Spiritual Direction)

Teaching and Formation

individual and group spiritual direction
writing as spiritual practice
nurturing the spiritual life of religious leaders
coordinator of worship
co-director of the Spiritual Journey Program

Courses Offered
CL330   Worship of the Church
CL482   Nurturing Your Spiritual Life as Religious Leaders

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Author. A Spiritual Chronicle. New Brighton, Minn.: United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 2004-2006.
Contributor. Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction.
Spiritual director
Retreat leader
Leader of spirituality groups
Member of the Advisory Board, Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota

Personal Statement

I am focusing my service to the church on two particular churches and am saying ‘no’ to other outside invitations. I have taken on the role of coordinator of the pastoral residency program at Plymouth Congregational and First Congregational UCC of Minnesota, program funded by the Lilly Endowment. This work is focused on persons in the first five years of ministry. This is a timeframe during which the dropout rate from ministry is alarmingly high. By partnering with this program and these particular churches, United Theological Seminary hopes to join efforts with local judicatories and churches to create a stronger support system for our students and alumni/ae as they make the transition from seminary to ministry.

Regular Topics for Presentation

Contact Martha at 651.255.6156.

I find myself most thankful for the time I spend with family and friends. I love to read good books, take walks, write in my journal, play the flute, practice yoga, dabble in creativity, and laugh regularly.

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“I have always found God most present in the stories of others. At United, I have the privilege of listening people into their stories. In listening deeply to these sacred tales, I witness the creative transformation of God as students weave together their gifts, their knowledge, and their relationship with God, and as they follow the call to go out into a world longing for redemption.” 


Denominational Commitments/Other
Pertinent Activities

Teach elementary Sunday School, Wheelock Parkway United Methodist Church

Serve on the MN Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Congregational Response Team. This is a team comprising trained therapists and clergy who are on call to bring a healing process to congregations that have experienced clergy misconduct. Our role is to enter the situation as the crisis is breaking and to offer a process through which congregational members can work through their anger, grief, and loss.


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