United Theological Seminary

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Student Stories


jack gaede, m.div. student

“This past semester, I took an amazing class on Radical Theologies and the Challenge of Atheism with our new post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Demian Wheeler. In this class, I learned to better understand the depth and width and diversity within non-theistic traditions. As a UU minister looking to work in diverse, religiously plural settings (potentially as a college chaplain), it is absolutely essential that I learn to speak with students who identify with both theist and humanist leanings.”


Theology and the Arts concentration

Minister for Children, Youth, and Families at First Congregational Church of Minnesota “The church is undergoing changes in the way it’s structured, its mission, and how we do outreach to people from diverse backgrounds, whether that be ethnicity, class, and LGBT issues. We live in a much more integrated world and United takes that seriously.”


Corii Varner, M.Div. student
Social Justice and Reconciliation concentration

“When you come to United, you’re able to be yourself and don’t have to worry about if you’re a leader, or a pastor, or a deacon, a reverend, being called that, but you can actually be yourself.” 

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