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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
SLC would like to hear from YE!
All current students are invited to participate in our hybrid week virtual town hall gatherings:
Monday, June 21
11:00am and 6:00pm CT.
90 minute forums each
(zoom link TBA)
This is designed to be a safe and confidential space where the SLC will host Student Only** conversations surrounding your needs and concerns as individuals and a community. Bring your hopes, your dreams, your frustrations, your sorrows… bring it all!
We are here to support you, nurture this community and strengthen our ties together.
We are each looking forward to hosting you at one of these gatherings! If you have more private items to bring up or cannot make it to the meeting, email us anytime:studentmoderators@
**NOTE: cross-over students who fill roles as staff/board/faculty ARE welcome, with the expectation that they are participating in a confidential space as an independent student role.
In your service:
Student Leadership Collective 21-22
Darrell, Pan, Peregrine, LaTayna, Lisbeth, Meg, Sana
A recent article in the New York times, by contributor Adam Grant, professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, considers the term languishing to describe many people’s emotional/mental health experiences now and over the last year. Consider how “languishing” might speak to your experience as well as the members of communities you work with. Read the full article here.
In response to the challenges of languishing, we will have flourishing opportunities with a variety of well being specialists who will assist you in expanding your notion of personal well being. Each month a new guest will guide us in embodied experiences to expand our capacity to relax, recharge and reignite our spirits. Guests will include musicians, artists, body workers and others who will demonstrate, suggest and invite.
Mondays starting in June 7th 6:30 – 7:30
Reclaim The Block Minneapolis
Meeting professional spiritual leaders in your field while you are in seminary can provide important insight and direction. As you discern your career options, developing a network of future colleagues expands your reach and options. It’s never too early to start! Real World Connections!
For this week’s arts lunch, attendees will be invited to photograph things, people, places, etc., that are meaningful to them regarding Pride and queerness. These photos will be assembled into a single digital collage that will be shared with the United community on our blog. Actual collage making during the arts lunch is also encouraged!
As we continue to confront patterns of police brutality and their impact on Black and African immigrant communities in the Twin Cities, what role should faith communities and their leaders play in ongoing efforts to ensure public safety for the most vulnerable?
Join us on Tuesday, June 22 at 7 PM for a virtual dialogue with leading voices:
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.
Numerous communities have formed, and are forming, to support their particular needs and interests. If you are interested in forming a specific community affinity group please let Sara Smally or Karen Hutt know so we can get it published and help if you need logistical or process support for guidance. Gatherings planned as of this printing include:
No Agenda Wednesdays – Open Zoom Room
With 60 percent of our students spread out around the country, building community beyond the classroom can be challenging. Stop by to see who’s here, in an open zoom room for conversation, humor and colleagueship. Bring a cup of tea, an experience, a question, a poem to share, or find out what life is like for a seminary colleague in a part of the country you are curious about. Get to know some amazing seminary humans. Ppopu in whenever the room will be open
Wednesdays 12 – 3pm (CST)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and help plan the fall launch of reimagined chapels at United! This working group will be tasked with the details of how to implement the vision articulated by students at the chapel visioning sessions held in May. Contact Sara Smalley with questions or for more information.
Who: LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members
What: Twice monthly queer-only space for fellowship, collaboration, & co-conspiring
When: 2nd Wednesdays at 2 p.m., 4th Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Next Meeting Wednesday, June 9 @ 2:00 PM Central
Next Meeting Wednesday, June 23 @ 7:00 PM Central
For students in the Twin Cities, join Rev. Karen Hutt once a month as we walk alongside local spiritual leaders in their neighborhoods of service. Discover the multilayered relationship between communities of faith and the communities they inhabit. Where are the intersections? Where are the tensions? Is the church listening to the community? Where are there examples of authentic partnerships (watch this space for meet up locations) Noon – 2:30 (lunch included in the neighborhood)