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October 14 - October 17
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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.

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