United Theological Seminary

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Benedict Scheuer is an interdisciplinary artist who views gardening and nature as the spiritual center of his practice. His work spans drawing, painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance, singing, and textiles. He values a non-prescriptive approach to engaging with his work, allowing color, texture, shapes, and narrative to engage with each viewer uniquely. Death, Love, Connection, Mindfulness, and Cyclicality are often warmly encountered.

Benedict recently received his MFA in visual art from the Ohio State University and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Yale University.

All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.
If you have anyone in your heart for whom you would like to request a prayer, please use this form before 7 p.m. on the Tuesday before the session to submit your request. Prayer requests will be accepted on a first-requested, first-offered basis until capacity (still being determined) is met for our available time. Please be brief in the wording of your requests. Please contact Scott Campbell for more information.

Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreatevery Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. CST. Take a half an hour each week to be present with God, your Self, and others. Develop your personal practice and discover how deepened awareness and greater emotional and spiritual balance enable you to engage more fully, creatively and energetically in the essential work of God’s Beloved Community. To learn more or to get on the weekly reminder email, contact Rev. Emily Meyer.

When pressures and limitations seem to outweigh our sense of strength and possibility, how do people avoid becoming disheartened? By learning how to tell a more life-giving story. Narrative Theory suggests that the ongoing discipline of crafting a more genuine story, is both rooted in the reality of the moment and expands our sense of mission. During tough times, our narratives often become rote.  Therefore, it is all the more incumbent that we reflect upon the stories we are telling ourselves as our communities navigate the difficulties of transition, loss, and diminishment. Join Diane Millis, adjunct faculty member at United and author of Re-Creating a Life (SDI Press, 2019) along with Sam Rahberg, author of Enduring Ministry(Liturgical Press, 2017) for a morning of collaborative reflection and an opportunity to discern new stories waiting to be told. This workshop will take place via Zoom.

 

Benedictine Center, Saint Paul’s Monastery
Fee: $30
To register contact Guest Services
benedictinecenter@stpaulsmonastery.org
651.777.7251

In this arts lunch, Max Brumberg-Kraus will present on the theological implications of the genre “FolkHorror.” In analyzing a cariety of sources, including the films The VVitch (2015), Antichrist (2009), The Wicker Man (1973), and the children’s animated television show Over the Garden Wall,  we will focus on the theme of cosmic and spiritual dis-/re-order as exemplified by the genre’s most peculiar characters. For more background on “what is folkhorror,” check out this article. https://thebaffler.com/latest/children-of-the-wicker-man-millar-semley

All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.
If you have anyone in your heart for whom you would like to request a prayer, please use this form before 7 p.m. on the Tuesday before the session to submit your request. Prayer requests will be accepted on a first-requested, first-offered basis until capacity (still being determined) is met for our available time. Please be brief in the wording of your requests. Please contact Scott Campbell for more information.

Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreatevery Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. CST. Take a half an hour each week to be present with God, your Self, and others. Develop your personal practice and discover how deepened awareness and greater emotional and spiritual balance enable you to engage more fully, creatively and energetically in the essential work of God’s Beloved Community. To learn more or to get on the weekly reminder email, contact Rev. Emily Meyer.

The phrase, “a good death” has become more and more prevalent in the public conversations around death and dying. But in many ways, that phrase creates a narrow focus that excludes issues of justice that are tightly woven into death as they are into life. The Radical Death Series, starting on Saturday, October 17th, is a four-part series of conversations that will help widen our lens and broaden our scope when engaging in discussions around death and dying. Each month, we will center on one topic, including access to “a good death,” and the racial disparities within the death positive movement, the nuances of ancestral honoring, a session on the collective grief of this moment in history, and an application event where we discuss the inevitability of death, the denial of death, the “so-what’s”, and the “what’s next?” Look for more information soon on how you can join in on one or all of these conversations, led by Rev. Karen Hutt, Christin Ament, and Emily Stacken.

In preparation for the event, United’s own Alaina Hoffman—actor, improv expert, preacher, storyteller, and equestrian—will host an arts lunch on “How to Tell a Story.”

All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.
If you have anyone in your heart for whom you would like to request a prayer, please use this form before 7 p.m. on the Tuesday before the session to submit your request. Prayer requests will be accepted on a first-requested, first-offered basis until capacity (still being determined) is met for our available time. Please be brief in the wording of your requests. Please contact Scott Campbell for more information.

Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreatevery Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. CST. Take a half an hour each week to be present with God, your Self, and others. Develop your personal practice and discover how deepened awareness and greater emotional and spiritual balance enable you to engage more fully, creatively and energetically in the essential work of God’s Beloved Community. To learn more or to get on the weekly reminder email, contact Rev. Emily Meyer.

In this workshop we will look at how the Improvisational Mindset can help us listen more deeply and connect more authentically. We’ll use fun improv exercises to strengthen existing skills and learn new ones. This is the first in a three session series; come to one or all! Open to students and community members. Contact ssmalley@unitedseminary.edu for more information.

The American Mosaic Project and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities department of sociology present “Raced Religion and Social Solidarity,” a virtual mini-conference. Exploring the relationship between religion, race, politics, and civil society, this event draws together a diverse panel of scholars from institutions across the United States. Date and time: October 23 2020, 10:45-2:15 PM. Registration (click link below) is free but required; once registered, attendees will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting. Click here to learn more!

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United is thrilled to announce an artist talk with Ricardo Levins Morales. Previously scheduled for March of 2020, this talk was delayed by COVID. Since then, a gallery show of the artist’s work has lived in the halls of United, a reminder of the activism to which we are called, even when we are not together. Levins Morales is an artist and organizer based in Minneapolis who uses his art as a form of political medicine to support individual and collective healing from the injuries and ongoing reality of oppression. Join this live–and socially distanced–discussion with the artist, along with United professor Gary Green and United alum Sheryl Schwyhart, via Zoom. Details and registration information to come.

All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.
If you have anyone in your heart for whom you would like to request a prayer, please use this form before 7 p.m. on the Tuesday before the session to submit your request. Prayer requests will be accepted on a first-requested, first-offered basis until capacity (still being determined) is met for our available time. Please be brief in the wording of your requests. Please contact Scott Campbell for more information.

Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreatevery Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. CST. Take a half an hour each week to be present with God, your Self, and others. Develop your personal practice and discover how deepened awareness and greater emotional and spiritual balance enable you to engage more fully, creatively and energetically in the essential work of God’s Beloved Community. To learn more or to get on the weekly reminder email, contact Rev. Emily Meyer.

Join us for an evening of storytelling around the theme of spirits — whether stories of spirits you’ve lifted, broken, conveyed, imbibed, conjured, or encountered. Each storyteller will have five minutes to share a story that is true and relates to the evening’s theme. Feel free to RSVP in advance to jawes-freeman@unitedseminary.edu or just show up! We’ll pull names from a hat to determine order. And of course, you are not required to tell a story in order to attend! The evening will be recorded and made available as a podcast.
In preparation for the event, United’s own Alaina Hoffman—actor, improv expert, preacher, storyteller, and equestrian—will host an arts lunch on “How to Tell a Story” on Tuesday, October 20th, 12-1pm CST.
In the meantime, for tips and tricks see: https://themoth.org/share-your-story/storytelling-tips-tricks