Lifting Voices for Social Transformation
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is strongly committed to the development of greater global awareness among its students, staff, and faculty. This is a central concern of the academic program and one that is integrated within the curriculum in such a manner that it informs the program of study as a whole.
The approach to this globalizing process is one of enabling students to discern and respond to the church’s ministries by focusing on the following global concerns:
- Social justice issues the world’s people face in common.
- Ecological issues that arise out of the interrelatedness of social reality and the natural environment.
- The church as a global community and how best to further an ecumenical spirit among the various churches, and the most appropriate ways for the church to communicate its message of justice and love to the world community.
Open and Affirming Statement
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, with our roots in the United Church of Christ and our practice of embracing the full diversity of faith expressions and understandings, is a generous and welcoming seminary.
We believe that everyone—from trailblazers and traditionalists to questioners and yearning spirits of every faith background, race, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, family structure, and economic and social status—should be free to explore the boundless possibilities and create a loving and beloved community.
Statement on Racial Injustice
Founded in 1962 as an ecumenical seminary by the Christian denomination of the United Church of Christ, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities has worked for inclusion and equity since its inception. Yet we recognize that United has benefitted from the legacy of white supremacy in the U.S. and the centering of the white Christian experience, resulting in great spiritual and human cost. We confess that we have been complicit in perpetuating the dominance of white culture and theology and that the implications of this history have too often distorted United’s authentic efforts to build a more just world.
As educators charged with forming faith leaders, we are called to change the narrative and work toward an organizational culture and society in which all human beings are free from violence in all its forms. United’s board of trustees, faculty, administration, staff, and students are committed to challenging structures and systems that perpetuate injustice and the oppression of Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
We will act on this commitment through the education our students receive, our advocacy on issues of justice, and our organizational and individual efforts to dismantle white supremacy and repair harm within United and the organizations with whom we work and serve. As a faith community, we aim to manifest the love at the heart of our diverse traditions through our commitment to justice within our institution and our world.
The Leadership Center for Social Justice
The Leadership Center for Social Justice seeks to equip, inspire, and empower leaders to faithfully and reflectively engage in concrete, contextual ministry for social justice. In the spirit of faith, hope, and love, the Center supports leaders in developing skills in contextually-sensitive, creative, and effective leadership and social praxis.