United Theological Seminary

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October 10 - October 16
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    CPE Information Session

    12:00 PM
    October 11, 2021

    Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
    Information and Skill Building

    Every Monday at 12 noon CT

    If you’re enrolled in a degree program that requires you to complete one unit of CPE, these informational sessions will answer all of your questions. Prior to coming to UTS, Rev. Karen Hutt was a CPE Educator at four major hospitals in Chicago and most recently at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She is currently leading a local CPE Program in Public Chaplaincy. Given the nature of the pandemic, programs will vary throughout the country. This will require you to have a coherent plan for your application process and site selection. All sessions will be informational based on the questions you bring. Get familiar with acpe.edu. Individual meetings: calendly.com/khutt

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Karen Hutt for more information.

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    Arts Lunch: A Different Kind of Theology

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    October 12, 2021

    A Different Kind of Theology: Fiction, Imagination, and New Realities
    Byran Bliss (MFA, MTS, and United DMin student)

    Fiction has always had a theological bent. On a basic level, fiction introduces us to new realities. For the writer and the reader, it helps us to see the world differently—to imagine a different world. When we are asked to read fiction theologically, we engage the text in a new way—one that asks us to confront theological biases, to adapt our dogma to these new realities in a way that might push us outside of traditional or orthodox religious beliefs. The result is more than just good literature: it’s the opportunity for transformation.

    Bryan Bliss is the author of four novels, including We’ll Fly Away, which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award and was a Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. His next book, Bad Things, Good People, and God, will be released in January. He hold’s an M.F.A. in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University, an M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He lives in St. Paul with his family.

    Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from noon to 1 PM. Find Zoom information in the Monday Morning e-newsletter or contact Dr. Awes Freeman for information (jawes-freeman@unitedseminary.edu).


    4:55 PM
    October 12, 2021

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact chapel@unitedseminary.edu with questions or concerns.

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    Contemplative Prayer Gathering

    8:00 AM
    October 13, 2021

    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. Please use this form to submit your prayer request.

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and who to contact for more information.

    Midweek Retreat with the Ministry Lab

    12:00 PM
    October 13, 2021

    Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat every Wednesday at 12 PM 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 Emily Meyer (’09): ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.

    Vocational Network Building

    12:00 PM
    October 13, 2021

    Every Wednesday – 12 noon to 1:00 PM CST

    You imagine yourself in a ministry, but you can’t quite visualize it. You think you understand what the job market is like for chaplains, but you are uncertain what path will fit your particular needs. Come meet with your future colleagues from around the nation, make connections, and ask practical direct questions about your future career paths.

    Stuff Chaplains Do (Sept.15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10)
    Stuff Ministers Do in Rural Areas (Sept. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 17)
    Stuff Ministers Do in Urban Areas (Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24)
    Stuff Non-Profit Directors Do (Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1)

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Rev. Karen Hutt for more information.

    Community: UCC Ministry

    2:00 PM
    October 13, 2021

    Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 15
    2:00 PM CT

    A group for support, fellowship, and preparation for ordination and ecclesiastical council preparation.

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and who to contact for more information.

    Training: Discerning Whiteness

    5:30 PM-8:30 PM
    October 13, 2021

    Antiracism Training for Ministers

    (Please note: Sept. sessions are full.)

    2 sessions: October 13 and 20
    Attend at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities or Online
    Registration fee: $75

    Led by Okogyeamon, co-founder of ASDIC

    This Antiracism Study Dialogue Circle (ASDIC) workshop is interactive and experiential. We will explore the ways that racial dynamics play out in and about us, every day, in both personal and institutional spaces. We will seek to develop our ability to identify and interrupt whiteness – while exploring the mindset, feelings, social communications (conscious and unconscious), and contexts that support the racial hierarchy in all sectors of our society.

    Our intention is to share and participate in honest and deep dialogue; to provide a context of safe space for risk-taking and relationship-building; to build and strengthen community bonds in our common struggle against racism.

    Participants will identify and experience the critical elements that contribute to reflective, searching, and transformative dialogue. Interactive and intensive.  Reading resources are provided for study and dialogue.

    Participants will also:

    Explore opportunities for a care-filled examination of the inner and outer terrain of feelings, judgments, and actions and of their causes and effects.

    Explore the origins of racial self-understanding and its influence on thinking, imaging, valuing.

    Critically analyze images and messages for the ways these “download” racism in socialization.

    This training is open to everyone and meets the requirement for the Minnesota Conference UCC Diversity/Anti-Racism Education for Authorized Ministers.

    Questions? Contact Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics and Social Transformation, Supported by the McVay Endowment.

    Register Here

    Queer United Affinity Community (QUAC)

    7:00 PM
    October 13, 2021

    Sept. 8, 2:00 PM; Sept. 22 7:00 PM; Oct. 13, 2:00 PM; Oct. 27, 7:00 PM; Nov. 10, 2:00 PM; Nov. 24, 7:00 PM; Dec. 8, 2:00 PM CST

    Who: LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members
    What: Twice monthly queer-only space for fellowship, collaboration, and co-conspiring
    When: 2nd Wednesdays at 2 PM, 4th Wednesdays at 7 PM (CST)

    A space for LGBTQIA+ United students, staff, faculty, alums, and broader community members to meet for support, fellowship, learning and community building.

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and who to contact for more information.

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    Screening and Conversation: The Boy Who Found Gold

    6:30 PM
    October 14, 2021

    Screening of The Boy Who Found Gold (2016) and conversation with Father Bill McNichols

    Join us on Thursday, Oct. 14 for a screening of the documentary The Boy Who Found Gold (2016), followed by a conversation with Father Bill. See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link.

    William Hart McNichols is a world renowned artist, heralded by Time magazine as ‘among the most famous creators of Christian iconic images in the world.’ As a young Catholic priest from 1983-1990 he was immersed in a life-altering journey working as a chaplain at St. Vincent’s AIDS hospice in New York city. It was during this time that he became an early pioneer for LGBT rights within the Catholic church. He would speak out in the national news as well as work closely with the founding members of DIGNITY/USA. In 1990 he was called out of the city and into the desert of New Mexico where he began a six year apprenticeship to master the ancient art of painting icons. For the past 25 years he has received non-stop commissions for his work and has never signed his name to a single icon. All of his works hang anonymously in churches and colleges around the world, including the Vatican Museum. Born into the most powerful political family in the history of Colorado, McNichols colorful life has crossed paths with both presidents and popes, peace activists and martyrs. His imagery possesses a sensuality that is both beautiful and provocative and his subjects include individuals from all different faiths, Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, Jewish. His message as a priest, artist and man speaks to the most powerful element of the human spirit: Mercy.

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    Queer Theofuturism Coloring Book submission deadline

    12:00 AM
    October 15, 2021

    Call for Submissions: The Queer Theofuturism Coloring Book

    In anticipation of LGBTQ History Month this October, the United arts community invites submissions for the second annual Queer Theofuturism Coloring Book. The history of the surviving and thriving of LGBTQ people in the US has been shaped by folks who imagined new ways of seeing, loving, being, and connecting with the holy. In the United tradition of play and creativity, we invite all students, staff, faculty, and alums to submit line drawings that reimagine myths, sacred stories, or any spiritual or religious images in ways that challenge and play with assumptions about gender, bodies, love, and spirituality. Everyone is encouraged to unleash whatever kind of queer spirit sparkles in your soul and reimagine old stories and see what might be possible for a future that is more just, more colorful, and includes all of us. We can’t wait to see what comes out! The images will be compiled and available for download on the United blog and will also be available as a free print book at Symposium Week. For best printing results please use a dark marker or pen on white paper. Last year’s edition is here. Send files in jpeg, tiff, or PDF format with the subject line QUEER to submissions@unitedseminary.edu by October 15. Send questions and inquiries to Professor Awes Freeman.

    Community: United Pagans

    11:45 AM
    October 15, 2021

    Sept. 17; Oct. 1, 15; Nov. 5, 19; Dec. 3, 17
    11:45 AM CT

    Our group seeks to facilitate mutual support and conversation between students who are under the broad umbrella of nominally Pagan traditions or approaches. We have self-identified Heathens, Wiccans, Druids, and, of course, Pagans among our known numbers. We also foster a space for sharing ritual notes, ideas about chaplaincy, and interfaith engagement. And we welcome any United student who is Pagan-friendly/curious/adjacent. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Sometimes just to chat. And, on occasion, to gather in ritual.

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and who to contact for more information.

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    Parliament of the World’s Religions, October 16-18

    All day
    October 16, 2021-October 18, 2021

    The United community will have a significant presence at this year’s virtual Parliament of World Religions. In addition to hosting a virtual booth — stop by! — an alum and member of the faculty will be speaking.

    Kimi Floyd Reisch (‘19, current DMin student) will be facilitating a panel discussion entitled “Advocating for LGBTQIA+ Justice Inside and Outside Protestant Churches.” The session will be on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT and features the following religious leaders: Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo, a former Provincial Member of Parliament who performed Canada’s first legalized same sex marriage, Rev. Jide Macauley, founding Pastor and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC, and Mx Chris Paige, an OtherWise-identified writer, educator, organizer, and coach.

    Kimi will also lead their own session entitled “Compassion to Justice to Inclusion for LGBTQIA+ Christians.” This session will highlight how churches who start centering Indigenous and Buddhist teachings of compassionate listening and storytelling can reduce stigma toward LGBTQIA+ people and fling the church doors open. The session will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT.

    Rev. Karen Hutt, United’s Vice President for Student and Community Engagement, is a featured speaker in the plenary session on grief on Sunday, October 17, 2021, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

    Click here to register for the Parliament.