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United Theological Seminary

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November 28 - December 04
  • 28
    28.November.Sunday
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  • 29
    29.November.Monday

    CPE Information Session

    12:00 PM
    November 29, 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.

  • 30
    30.November.Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday

    12:00 AM
    November 30, 2021

    As we approach United’s 60-year anniversary, Holy Possibilities abound for the seminary. Our mission is expanding across the globe with our growing student body — a compassionate group called to create a society of justice, love, and inclusion for all. We hope you will join us this Giving Tuesday as, together, we Craft the Future of United and our world.

    Our goal for our Annual Fund drive is to raise funds to support our growing student body and the services that guide their world-class education — books, financial aid, faculty, and more.

    Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous alum, new or increased recurring monthly gifts will be matched with a gift of $500! Any donor who gives more than $50 per month will be added to our new Lydia Society.

    Please help spread the word with your networks and ask them to join you in supporting United students on Giving Tuesday.

    Click here to help us meet this challenge!

    Arts Lunch: Found Object Theology

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    November 30, 2021

    Found Object Theology: How pulp sci-fi book covers can teach us how to write about God

    Join Ben Menghini and Natalie Wigg-Stevenson as they discuss three of the pulp sci-fi alternative covers Menghini designed for Wigg-Stevenson’s recent book, Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art. In this book, Wigg-Stevenson argues that theology done as performance art stops trying to describe who God is, and starts trying to make God appear. A daring vision of theology which will energise anybody feeling ‘boxed in’ by the discipline, Transgressive Devotion blurs borders between orthodoxy, heterodoxy and heresy to reveal how the very act of doing theology makes God and humanity vulnerable to each other. Menghini’s pulp sci-fi covers offer three entry points into the enthralling and interwoven themes of Transgressive Devotion.

    Ben Menghini is a doctoral candidate in Theology at the Toronto School of Theology. He is currently writing his dissertation which interrogates the theological trope of a generous orthodoxy. This interdisciplinary work draws on sociology and cultural anthropology to describe a theological generosity with a disposition toward tragic receptivity. For a preview of his found object theological art project Theological Texts as Pulp Sci-Fi, visit @benbenghini on twitter.

    Natalie Wigg-Stevenson is Associate Professor of Contextual Education and Theology at Emmanuel College, Toronto. Her research explores how ethnographic methods can help create theological conversations across church, academy and everyday life. Her work is interested in queer temporalities/historiographies, cultural theories of practice and practices for decolonizing higher education. She is the author of Ethnographic Theology: An Inquiry Into the Production of Theological Knowledge (2013) and Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art (2021).

    See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link.

  • 01
    01.December.Wednesday

    Contemplative Prayer Gathering

    8:00 AM
    December 1, 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
    December 1, 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
    December 1, 2021

    Every Wednesday – 12 noon to 1:00 PM CT

    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
    December 1, 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.

    Community: Humanists

    3:00 PM
    December 1, 2021

    Sept 22; Oct 20; Nov 17; Dec 1
    3:00 PM CST

    A group for Secular Humanist, Christian Humanists, Religious Naturalists, and adjacent friends. Share the latest article from The American Humanist Association, debate an essay from the new Oxford Handbook on Humanism edited by Dr. Anthony Pinn, or share a film review. Open discussion.

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

    Artist Talk: Honoring Water Protectors Exhibit

    7:00 PM
    December 1, 2021

    Photo by John Kaul

    Rebecca Gonzalez-Campoy (MDiv Student) invites the United community to a gallery exhibit (ongoing) and artist talk (Dec. 1, 7 PM): “Honoring Water Protectors Photo and Story Exhibit in the Elliot Wing by John Kaul.”

    Sanctuary at Unity Church-Unitarian: 733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
    And by livestream here: https://youtu.be/QcoulK9IYoQ

    Gallery Open: Participants are invited to visit the photo and story exhibit prior to Dec. 1. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-noon, and by special arrangement with a call to Unity Church.

    John Kaul became aware of efforts by Indigenous peoples to protect the accessible Earth’s fresh water, to warn us of the consequences of exploitation of the Earth’s resources. His inspiration came from two indigenous women: Sharon Day, Executive Director of The Indigenous Peoples Taskforce and leader of the Nibi Walk movement, a spiritual effort. She organizes walks along major and many minor North American rivers. She says, “each step is a prayer.” Her life’s work of serving others has been done with optimism and only with love. Tania Aubid, a human fireball, believes in direct action and has been deeply involved in pipeline protests. She and others put their lives on the line through civil disobedience to block progress on pipelines through Native Land. Tania’s fire comes from her legitimate outrage at the abrogation of treaties, broken in the past and today. She believes, “There are two sets of laws in the United States. Laws protecting white Americans which are honored and enforced and laws protecting people of color which are ignored.” The twenty portraits in this exhibition show protectors and their stories. Photographer John Kaul is well known in Minnesota government circles where his many associations go back years due to his work as political staff, lobbyist, and government relations. He established a photography avocation including candid photos of political leaders and others. He has created documentaries on the Mississippi National Park and St. Croix River and co-produced “Girl from Birch Creek” featured on Twin Cities Public Television.

    This exhibit also will feature an event featuring Kaul, Day, and Aubid who will discuss the ongoing efforts to protect the waters of North America. Particular attention will be given to the protests against the Dakota Access Line at Standing Rock and Line 3 in Minnesota.

  • 02
    02.December.Thursday

    Chapel: Tammy Coia

    4:55 PM
    December 2, 2021

    God, Gender and Sexuality

    Genesis 1:26–28, Mark 7:24–29, 1 Corinthians 13:8–13

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

  • 03
    03.December.Friday

    Community: United Pagans

    11:45 AM
    December 3, 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.

    Community: BIPOC

    7:00 PM
    December 3, 2021

    Black, Indigenous, Multiracial and People of Color (BIPOC)

    Sept. 24; Oct. 1; Nov. 5; Dec. 3
    7:00 PM CST

    A time for reflection, resilience, and reverence. Let us build a community that sustains us beyond the “gaze.” Bring your concerns, your prayers, and your dreams for ministry. Bring a ritual that honors our BIPOC ancestors. Bring humor, love, and joy to this place for us to be.

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

  • 04
    04.December.Saturday
    No events