United Theological Seminary

Events Calendar

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For this special May the 4th arts lunch, guest speaker Robyn Walsh will talk about her work on the age-old question: Is Star Wars a Religion? In public articles, her podcast, and in the course she teaches at University of Miami, Dr. Walsh has explored everything from Jediism as an ascetic practice, the Force as Pneuma, fandom and religiosity, and Star Wars and myth. You won’t want to miss this!

Robyn Faith Walsh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. She earned her Ph.D. at Brown University in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, with a focus on early Christianity, ancient Judaism and Roman archaeology. She teaches courses on the New Testament, Greco-Roman literature and material culture. Her recent offerings at UM include: Introduction to the New Testament; Jesus in Myth and History; Paul: Letters and Controversies; The Greco-Roman Context of Early Christianity; The Bible and Film; Religious Issues in Death and Dying; Religion and Sports. Professor Walsh also teaches in Miami’s URome program at the American University.

Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat every 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: ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.

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.

Fri May 0 7

Beltane Observance

United Pagans cordially invites the UTS community (students/staff/alumni/friends of United/etc.) to a Beltane Observance via Zoom. Come and ritually burn out the old to make way for the new!

Attendees: Please bring a candle; you are also encouraged to decorate your Zoom space with flowers.

While this ritual is inspired by, and rooted in Pagan traditions, people of all faith traditions are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In this hands-on introduction to Jewish paper cutting, participants will learn how to make two kinds of traditional Jewish paper cuts: a hamsa, a protection symbol, and a “little rose” or roisele, a traditional paper cut flower to decorate the synagogue during the late spring/early summer festival of Shavuot, the commemoration of the reception of the Ten Commandments and Torah at Mount Sinai. For this workshop, participants should bring scissors and colored paper (I recommend origami paper, but a thin colored paper, or even construction paper can work in a pinch).

Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat every 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: ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.

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.

Who: LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members
What: Twice monthly queer-only community space for fellowship, collaboration, & co-conspiring
When: 2nd Wednesdays at 2 p.m., 4th Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Are you wishing for more chapel services at United? What might those look like?How can students lead and learn from their own and others’ faith traditions — not as intellectual pursuit, but through shared experiences? Join Sara Smalley for conversation and dreaming as we think together about how we might tend to the spiritual life of our United community. Two sessions; come to whichever one better fits your schedule:
Wednesday, May 12th
11:00 am central
7:00 pm central

Are you wishing for more chapel services at United? What might those look like?How can students lead and learn from their own and others’ faith traditions — not as intellectual pursuit, but through shared experiences? Join Sara Smalley for conversation and dreaming as we think together about how we might tend to the spiritual life of our United community. Two sessions; come to whichever one better fits your schedule:
Wednesday, May 12th
11:00 am central
7:00 pm central

Fri May 1 4

UCC/DOC Meeting

No additional detail for this event.

Saturday, May 15
Wednesday, May 26

Outdoor Ministry, MN Conference invites you to participate in an educational journey to Palisade, MN, the place where Enbridge Line 3 and the Water Protectors collide for the rights to sacred lands that cross the Mississippi, rice lakes, and one of the most important watershed systems in the world.
MN Interfaith Power and Light will lead the discussion on the controversial Line 3, introduce us to some of the Water Protectors and residents directly affected by the tar sands pipeline, and invite us to pray with them over the Mississippi.
Congregations, families, and individuals may register for one or both events. DOWNLOAD AN INFO SHEET.

For this low key arts lunch, we invite you to bring some songs that scream SPRING IS HERE, SUMMER IS APPROACHING, IT’S A NEW SEMESTER, etc. We’ll listen to songs together and create a playlist of the music that moves you, spiritually, prophetically, and toward rejuvenation as Summer approaches.

Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat every 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: ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.

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.

We are all improvisers, often without realizing it. But improv isn’t necessarily about developing acting and comedy skills, but about thriving in the midst of chaotic, often unpredictable lives. (Like, say, a global pandemic.) Come for a conversation that blends scripture, pop culture, and more, as we discuss, play, and build resilience together. Our guest will be the , writer, ministry coach, and author of 2018’s God, Improv, and the Art of Living (Eerdmans).

Members of the United community are invited to join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat every 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: ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.

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.

Who: LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members
What: Twice monthly queer-only community space for fellowship, collaboration, & co-conspiring
When: 2nd Wednesdays at 2 p.m., 4th Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 15
Wednesday, May 26

Outdoor Ministry, MN Conference invites you to participate in an educational journey to Palisade, MN, the place where Enbridge Line 3 and the Water Protectors collide for the rights to sacred lands that cross the Mississippi, rice lakes, and one of the most important watershed systems in the world.
MN Interfaith Power and Light will lead the discussion on the controversial Line 3, introduce us to some of the Water Protectors and residents directly affected by the tar sands pipeline, and invite us to pray with them over the Mississippi.
Congregations, families, and individuals may register for one or both events. DOWNLOAD AN INFO SHEET.

On Wednesday, May 26, 5:30-7:30pm CT, join Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and other communities of spiritual practice for a special night of Soup Singing to Stop Line 3.

Connect from your kitchen to cook your favorite soup while learning songs for Water. This event is a fundraiser for Camp Migizi!
The second hour of the event is intended to help prepare attendees for the Treaty People Gathering on June 5-8, including time to reflect in affinity groups on our responsibility to uphold the treaties and be humble as we come to Anishinaabe territory to rise for Mother Earth, to protect Water, Indigenous lifeways, and future generations.
Whether or not you can make it to the June gathering up north, United community members are invited to join a United breakout room at the event to participate in these important conversations.
Head to tinyurl.com/SoupSinging for more info on the flow of the event and to register!
Soup Singing is an ongoing social transformation project of United student Doe Hoyer.