United Theological Seminary

United's Response to COVID-19

United’s campus is currently closed. We will continue with solely distance learning instruction for the Fall term.

While there are very real challenges faced by many in our United community as a direct or indirect effect of the public health crisis, the school has only been modestly impacted in its ability to provide a strong and comprehensive educational experience to students. Our students, staff, and faculty have been quick to adapt and find new ways to support one another to ensure that all members of the United community remain connected and cared for.

We have been hosting a series of Zoom meetings to update our community on various aspects of campus life and will add more as questions arise or our situation changes. Links to recordings of these sessions are available below.


Campus Closure: Our campus remains closed. All staff and faculty will continue to work their regular schedules and are available via Zoom, phone, and email. Some communication might be a bit slower than usual as we all adjust to working in unpredictable conditions, but please let Lew or Kyle know if you are unable to connect with the services or personnel you need in a timely fashion. Learn more about what to expect from classes with Dean Kyle Roberts.

Library Access: The Spencer Library is closed. Books and interlibrary loan materials will not be available and you are requested to hold on to any materials needing to be returned until we open again. Access to databases containing online, full-text articles remains available to all current students and faculty. Get more information on the use of the Library here.

United Apartments: Students who live in United’s apartments in New Brighton are encouraged to practice social distancing and follow all health department guidelines regarding group gatherings. We ask that any resident who experiences symptoms contact Vonda as quickly as possible so we can inform others who might be at risk of contagion.

Ministry Lab: In conjunction with UTS safe-practices decisions, The Ministry Lab is temporarily suspending open hours. Please contact Executive Director Emily Meyer for consultations, to access resources, and/or to register for zoom workshops. Visit The Ministry Lab’s website for zoom workshop info (for instance: creating and generation online worship), and regular offerings of at-home faith formation, prayer, and worship resources. Six New Things will continue to post weekly. On behalf of The Ministry Lab, be careful, wise, and safe as we journey into this new reality together


We encourage all students, staff, and faculty to continue to practice the prevention measures recommended by the CDC to protect both yourself and the communities you serve outside of United. This information continues to be updated daily, so use the links below for the most current information. Students who are feeling added anxiety or experiencing other mental health issues related to this situation are encouraged to reach out to Sara Smalley.

General COVID-19 Information