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  • Tuesday Song, Reflection & Prayer – A Multi-Religious Exploration of Lenten Themes
    11:45 AM-12:10 PM
    2017.04.04

    “Preparation for Renewal”

    Tuesday 11:45-12:10  Bigelow Chapel  (March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4)

    Lumina Convening (https://www.facebook.com/LuminaWomensEnsemble/)

    In the Christian tradition, the period of Lent is from Ash Wednesday to Easter and marks a time of preparation and penitence to get closer to God. This 40-day road (not including Sundays during this time) allows Christians to remember and participate in the path that Christ traveled; from his trial and temptations in the wilderness to his passion, death and resurrection in Jerusalem. Every year this Christian season parallels the coming of the Vernal Equinox where the days lengthen in the Northern Hemisphere and the season changes to spring. Many other religious traditions also mark this time of transition towards of the equinox and a change in orientation.

    Join the diverse United community for five Tuesdays during the season of Lent (from an old English word meaning “to lengthen”) for a 20 minute time of simple song, reflection and prayer focused on various aspects of what it means for all of us to deepen our own faith journeys.  After the cold, dark, and often dismal months of the year come signs of renewal. How do people of faith begin to feel renewal and re-creation again following the hibernation of winter?

    Each Tuesday gathering will include song, a sacred text of tradition, a brief personal reflection from a different faith lens, the offering of prayers at Bigelow chapel’s prayer wall, and a blessing for going out into the world.

    Chapel service is open to the public. 

    David Mosner

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  • Community Chapel – Senior Chapel
    11:35 AM-12:10 PM
    2017.04.06

    Thursday 11:35-12:10

    Dixie Knoebel, Senior M.Div., leading.

    Senior Mdiv. students are invited to give their final chapel for the community. This is an opportunity to capture where they have come on their journey, where they right now, and what they are being led to in the future.

    Chapel service 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

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  • Rumi Meets Sofia: A Love Story
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    2017.04.08
    United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities Bigelow Chapel

    United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities Bigelow Chapel

    Join renowned Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, former Poet Laureate of Rhode Island Lisa Starr, and Sofia, a three-person musical ensemble, for a beautiful evening of music, poetry, and interfaith connection. The artists will weave readings of Rumi’s mystical poetry with Jesus of Nazareth’s Beatitudes sung in their original Aramaic. Hosted in the architecturally award-winning Bigelow Chapel at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, this one-night-only performance will leave you breathless, joyful, and connected to the Divine.

    We will also be accepting donations for two important non-profit organizations as part of the event: Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) and The Advocates for Human Rights.

    In a moment when the world desperately needs multifaith understanding, and refugees and immigrants are marginalized and threatened, this very special evening of connection, art, and love could not be more timely. Join us.

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  • Building the Beloved Community with Otis Moss III
    11:30 AM-2:00 PM
    2017.04.11
    Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nicollet Mall and 12th Street in downtown Minneapolis

    Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nicollet Mall and 12th Street in downtown Minneapolis

    United is co-sponsoring the Westminster Town Hall Forum, “Building the Beloved Community” with Otis Moss III. Otis Moss III is the senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, former church-home for then-Senator Barack Obama. Since coming to Trinity in 2008, Moss has focused his ministerial work on community advancement, civil rights advocacy, and social justice activism, calling attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. Committed to preaching a message of love and justice, he developed a curriculum for young people entitled My Life Matters in the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. A graduate of Morehouse College, he holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. His books include, among others, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair.

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  • The Art of Aging
    9:30 AM-11:30 AM
    2017.04.20
    United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities Intersection Art Studio

    United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities Intersection Art Studio

    Lucy Rose Fischer, PhD, gerontologist, author and artist will talk about art and creativity as part of growing old. The arts stimulate our brains, at all ages, even among the very old.  She will talk about teaching collage art to elders in nursing homes and other senior facilities.  She will also share her own experience of launching her art career around age 60 when she asked herself: “How old do I have to be to follow my dream?”  Fischer’s most recent book, I’m New at Being Old, received a Midwest Book Award and an Independent Publishers Gold Award.

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