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September
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Explore United

Find Flexibility and Community through United’s Seminary Programs

Making the decision to pursue a seminary degree is a process of reflection and discernment.

Join United faculty, staff, and current students for an exclusive, interactive Zoom conversation on one of these dates. Click on the date to register.

In this conversation, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Zoom as a tool for distance learning and get clear answers to all your questions about United.

Schedule

Explore what academic program, student life, and vocational planning looks like at United;

Interviews with current students about their experience of flexibility and community;

Faculty Q/A about how they build community and relationships with students;

Explore next steps in the Admissions and Financial Aid process!

Questions? Contact Admissions at admissions@unitedseminary.edu or 651-255-6119.

Rev. Karen Hutt, United’s Vice President for Student and Community Engagement, and Emily Stacken (’21) are involved in this important discussion on “Radicalizing Death: a good death.” Hosted by the Minnesota Death Collaborative, this event is a continuation of the Radical Death Series created by Emily for her United capstone project for the Social Transformation program, in which she looked at racial disparities within the death positive movement, ancestral honoring practices, and collective grief.

Register here.

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Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation ceremonially marks the beginning of the new academic year. Join us as we worship together and celebrate the installation of Rev. Dr. Jessica Chapman Lape as Assistant Professor of Interreligious Chaplaincy and Program Director for Interreligious Chaplaincy.

Faculty, adjunct faculty, emeriti/ae faculty, trustees, and officers will process.

Rev. Dr. Chapman Lape will preach “In the Wilderness: A Womanist Embrace for Liminality.”

Fall Convocation is always free and open to the public. A livestream link for those who cannot attend in person can be accessed here. Open a program on this page closer to the ceremony.

JOIN US IN THE CHAPEL
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
767 Eustis Street, Suite 140
, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114

Please park on the south side of the CASE building. Directions are located here.

Questions? Contact Ashley: ahovell@unitedseminary.edu
 or 651.255.6162

*Per United’s COVID policy, everyone on campus must wear a mask and be vaccinated.

Please note, we have cancelled the luncheon following the ceremony.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Information and Skill Building

Every Monday at 12 noon CST

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.

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

Finding the Sacred in the Secular by exploring the mythological themes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Dustin Wilsor theorizes that these blockbuster movies may serve as a kind of modern-day parable by paralleling them with the foundational mythological themes of major world religions.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Jennifer Awes-Freeman for more information.

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

Every Wednesday – 12 noon to 1:00 PM CST

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.

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. Pop in whenever the room will be open.

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

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.

Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 15
2:00 PM CST

A group for support, fellowship, and preparation for ordination and ecclesiastical council preparation.

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

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. Contact Karen Hutt for more information.

Sept. 17; Oct. 1, 15; Nov. 5, 19; Dec. 3, 17
11:45 AM CST

Who: Students, faculty, and staff
What: Twice monthly space for anyone under the broad umbrella of nominally Pagan traditions, or who feels Pagan-friendly/curious/adjacent.
When: 1st and 3rd Fridays, 11:45 AM (CST)

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.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Information and Skill Building

Every Monday at 12 noon CST

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.

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

Sept. 20; Oct. 18; Nov. 22
3:00 PM CST

The Baptist community group is an invitation to all to gather and support one another in seminary and to explore issues, concerns, theology, and faith development. This is a new group at UTS and we are excited that you may join us.

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

Every Wednesday – 12 noon to 1:00 PM CST

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.

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. Pop in whenever the room will be open.

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

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.

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. Contact Karen Hutt for more information.

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.

Antiracism Training for Ministers

Session 1 & 2
Attend at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities or Online
Registration fee: $75

Led by Okogyeamon, co-founder of ASDIC

This Antiracism Study Dialogue Circle (ASDIC) workshop is interactive and experiential. We will explore the ways that racial dynamics play out in and about us, every day, in both personal and institutional spaces. We will seek to develop our ability to identify and interrupt whiteness – while exploring the mindset, feelings, social communications (conscious and unconscious), and contexts that support the racial hierarchy in all sectors of our society.

Our intention is to share and participate in honest and deep dialogue; to provide a context of safe space for risk-taking and relationship-building; to build and strengthen community bonds in our common struggle against racism.

Participants will identify and experience the critical elements that contribute to reflective, searching, and transformative dialogue. Interactive and intensive.  Reading resources are provided for study and dialogue.

Participants will also:

  • Explore opportunities for a care-filled examination of the inner and outer terrain of feelings, judgments, and actions and of their causes and effects.
  • Explore the origins of racial self-understanding and its influence on thinking, imaging, valuing.
  • Critically analyze images and messages for the ways these “download” racism in socialization.

This training is open to everyone and meets the requirement for the Minnesota Conference UCC Diversity/Anti-Racism Education for Authorized Ministers.

Questions? Contact Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis, jsabia-tanis@unitedseminary.edu

Register Here

 

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.

Sept. 23; Oct. 28; Nov. 26
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM CST

The Methodist Affinity Lunch Group welcomes all Methodist students, whether UM ordination track or not, to gather and support one another in seminary and to hear from Methodist denominational leaders, ministers, and others who can provide students resources in their journey through seminary and beyond.

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

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

Presented by Interim President Molly T. Marshall

“The charism of Benedictine life finds significant application beyond the cloister. In my lecture I will explore how Benedictine’s spirituality’s quest for community and quest for balance can be experienced by non-monastics. The ancient wisdom of this tradition renews and deepens contemporary spiritual pathways.”

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. 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.

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Community: BIPOC

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.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Information and Skill Building

Every Monday at 12 noon CST

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.

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

Sept. 27; Oct. 25; Nov. 22
6:30 PM CST

For seminarians who are combining their service as a spiritual leader with membership in the armed forces. Those pursuing the Chaplain Corp., are currently in the reserves, or on active duty are encouraged to participate. This is also a space for veterans and those considering military service.

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

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

Every Wednesday – 12 noon to 1:00 PM CST

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.

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. Pop in whenever the room will be open.

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

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.

Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 15
2:00 PM CST

A group for support, fellowship, and preparation for ordination and ecclesiastical council preparation.

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

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. Contact Karen Hutt for more information.

Antiracism Training for Ministers

Session 1 & 2
Attend at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities or Online
Registration fee: $75

Led by Okogyeamon, co-founder of ASDIC

This Antiracism Study Dialogue Circle (ASDIC) workshop is interactive and experiential. We will explore the ways that racial dynamics play out in and about us, every day, in both personal and institutional spaces. We will seek to develop our ability to identify and interrupt whiteness – while exploring the mindset, feelings, social communications (conscious and unconscious), and contexts that support the racial hierarchy in all sectors of our society.

Our intention is to share and participate in honest and deep dialogue; to provide a context of safe space for risk-taking and relationship-building; to build and strengthen community bonds in our common struggle against racism.

Participants will identify and experience the critical elements that contribute to reflective, searching, and transformative dialogue. Interactive and intensive.  Reading resources are provided for study and dialogue.

Participants will also:

  • Explore opportunities for a care-filled examination of the inner and outer terrain of feelings, judgments, and actions and of their causes and effects.
  • Explore the origins of racial self-understanding and its influence on thinking, imaging, valuing.
  • Critically analyze images and messages for the ways these “download” racism in socialization.

This training is open to everyone and meets the requirement for the Minnesota Conference UCC Diversity/Anti-Racism Education for Authorized Ministers.

Questions? Contact Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis, jsabia-tanis@unitedseminary.edu

Register Here

 

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

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.