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  • 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.

  • More events
    • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Soup Singing
    All day
    December 5, 2021

    Soup Singing is an invitation to cook nourishing food, sing, and co-create togetherness grounded in a sense of reverence and justice for the Earth. Anyone is welcome to share a song or spiritual practice. Send an email to current UTS student and song leader Doe Hoyer (email address in this week’s Monday Morning) to express your interest in sharing something.

    Save the date! Upcoming Soup Singing gathering will be 12/12.

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  • CPE Information Session
    12:00 PM
    December 6, 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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  • Chapel: Jennifer Awes-Freeman
    11:45 AM
    December 7, 2021

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

  • Arts Lunch: The Evolution of Santa Claus
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    December 7, 2021

    Image: Wikimedia Commons

    Hold on to your sleighs as we sprint through history following the breadcrumbs from the Council of Nicaea to modern day as we trace the evolution of saintly Santa Claus. Social Transformation M. Div. student and casual art historian Suzanne W. Cole Sullivan will unroll how Nicholas, Bishop of Myra went from an obscure churchman with a penchant for truth to one of the most recognizable figures in the world. Bring your own milk and cookies to this arts lunch!

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

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  • Contemplative Prayer Gathering
    8:00 AM
    December 8, 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 8, 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.

  • Community: Unitarian Universalist
    3:00 PM
    December 8, 2021

    Sept. 29; Oct. 29; Nov. 19; Dec. 8
    3:00 PM CT

    A group for mutuality, interdependence and support. Navigate the Aspirant/Candidate process, access grants, engage regional networks and meet with national leadership.

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

  • Queer United Affinity Community (QUAC)
    7:00 PM
    December 8, 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.

  • More events
    • Contemplative Prayer Gathering
      8:00 AM
      December 8, 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 8, 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.

    • Community: Unitarian Universalist
      3:00 PM
      December 8, 2021

      Sept. 29; Oct. 29; Nov. 19; Dec. 8
      3:00 PM CT

      A group for mutuality, interdependence and support. Navigate the Aspirant/Candidate process, access grants, engage regional networks and meet with national leadership.

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

    • Queer United Affinity Community (QUAC)
      7:00 PM
      December 8, 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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  • Lecture: The Iconography of Advent
    7:30 PM-9:00 PM
    December 9, 2021

    The Iconography of Advent: Images of Mary East and West
    Presented by Dr. Jennifer Awes-Freeman

    Via Zoom; free to attend

    Images of the Virgin Mary are so ubiquitous in western culture that it’s often difficult to see them—and indeed Mary herself—afresh. This is perhaps most true during the Advent and Christmas season when she appears on greeting cards, magazine covers, and even postage stamps. This lecture will explore early Christian, medieval, and Byzantine depictions of Mary and will consider some similarities and divergences between Eastern and Western images of the Mother of God, and what we might glean from such a rich and complex theological tradition.

    > REGISTER

    United’s Favorite Lecture Series

    Every teacher has one—the lecture that they love the best, the one that they can literally feel in their bones when they deliver it in class. In this series we invite you to get to know United’s current faculty and get a taste of what happens in the classrooms at United. These favorite lectures will be delivered on Zoom, so enjoy it with a family member, invite a far away friend, or host your very own “watch party.” Whatever the format, take this opportunity to learn what it is like to experience the transformative learning experience that happens in the classrooms at United. All lectures are free and open to the public.

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  • Soup Singing
    All day
    December 12, 2021

    Soup Singing is an invitation to cook nourishing food, sing, and co-create togetherness grounded in a sense of reverence and justice for the Earth. Anyone is welcome to share a song or spiritual practice. Send an email to current UTS student and song leader Doe Hoyer (email address in this week’s Monday Morning) to express your interest in sharing something.

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  • CPE Information Session
    12:00 PM
    December 13, 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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  • Contemplative Prayer Gathering
    8:00 AM
    December 15, 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 15, 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.

  • Community: UCC Ministry
    2:00 PM
    December 15, 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.

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  • Community: United Pagans
    11:45 AM
    December 17, 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.

  • All-United Community Holiday Party
    4:00 PM-6:00 PM
    December 17, 2021

    Join us for a merry afternoon of crafts, caroling, special readings, and a visit from Santa Claus!

    Families Welcome! (Please bring proof of vaccination & masks for in-person)

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

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