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United Theological Seminary

Events Calendar

What’s happening on campus?

Details will be available closer to the event date.

Rest in the Divine Presence with The Ministry Lab‘s Midweek Retreat: a recorded contemplative practice that posts at NOON CT each Wednesday. Midweek Retreat is a free resource for all member congregations and leaders (including United students). Register to receive the weekly post by sending an email of request to Director Emily Meyer (’09) (ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu).

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.

A casual drop in time to meet whoever comes, check in, meet other students over a morning beverage. No agenda, just meeting, greeting and words of encouragement. 8:45 – 9:45 AM CT every week.

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

My Delight (Isaiah 62:1-5)

God delights in us, says the prophet Isaiah. We gather to rejoice in community, exploring how joy contributes to our wellbeing, our resilience, and our spirituality.

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

Rev. Karen Hutt, Vice President for Student and Community Engagement, sends along information about an upcoming virtual event in the community. “Trauma Across Generations” will be hosted by the Center for Practice Transformation on January 14, 2022. It is free to attend and will increase awareness of the link between historical and/or intergenerational trauma and challenges in effectively engaging in the African American community. The webinar will explore the importance of being aware of unintended consequences and harm that policies and traditional approaches can have on the community. Also, it will discuss practical culturally sensitive trauma informed promising practices.

Register >

FriJan 1 4

Community: BIPOC

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

A time for reflection, resilience, and reverence. Let us build a community that sustains us joyfully. Bring your prayers, humor, love, and BIPOC passion to this place for us to “be us.”

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

Alum Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam, currently working on his PhD in Social Ethics at Union, will be speaking this weekend as part of an MLK event sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church and Liberty. Anthony will be talking about “the social ecology that inspires, justifies, ignores, rewards and excuses extralegal violence against AfroAmericans after Emancipation.” See the link below for full details.

https://www.westminstermpls.org/2021/12/exploring-redemption-reparations-and-repentance

Alum Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam, currently working on his PhD in Social Ethics at Union, will be speaking this weekend as part of an MLK event sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church and Liberty. Anthony will be talking about “the social ecology that inspires, justifies, ignores, rewards and excuses extralegal violence against AfroAmericans after Emancipation.” See the link below for full details.

https://www.westminstermpls.org/2021/12/exploring-redemption-reparations-and-repentance

Hosted by Nativity Lutheran Church, 1st Covenant Church Minneapolis, with Spoken Word Poet Joe Davis, this intergenerational virtual event will bring together speakers of all ages to re-enact segments of speeches made by a world changer of their choosing. Music and spoken word performances will also be celebrated. Watch the event here.>

Want to be involved? Fill out of a speaker participation form.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to prepare and lead chapel this spring! And experience is not a prerequisite! If your interest is coupled with questions, qualms or anxiety, join Rev. Emily Meyer (’09) for one of two workshops – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM and again 7:00-8:00 PM – both January 18, for an introduction to chapel preparation and leadership. Inspiration, templates, pitfalls to avoid, and time to determine your own theme, format, and essential elements are all included! No registration required. Join zoom Meeting ID: 830 513 0424 at either time. Contact Emily for more information.

TueJan 1 8

Arts Lunch

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

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to prepare and lead chapel this spring! And experience is not a prerequisite! If your interest is coupled with questions, qualms or anxiety, join Rev. Emily Meyer (’09) for one of two workshops – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM and again 7:00-8:00 PM – both January 18, for an introduction to chapel preparation and leadership. Inspiration, templates, pitfalls to avoid, and time to determine your own theme, format, and essential elements are all included! No registration required. Join zoom Meeting ID: 830 513 0424 at either time. Contact Emily for more information.

Rest in the Divine Presence with The Ministry Lab‘s Midweek Retreat: a recorded contemplative practice that posts at NOON CT each Wednesday. Midweek Retreat is a free resource for all member congregations and leaders (including United students). Register to receive the weekly post by sending an email of request to Director Emily Meyer (’09) (ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu).

A casual drop in time to meet whoever comes, check in, meet other students over a morning beverage. No agenda, just meeting, greeting and words of encouragement. 8:45 – 9:45 AM CT every week.

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

For seminarians who live, work, and serve ministries in rural areas. A place to share the unique opportunities, challenges and power of living in small towns and big spaces.

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

Explore United

Do you know someone called to seminary? Invite them to Explore United! We have upcoming virtual open houses in January and February. Prospective students can meet with faculty, staff, and students to discern if United is a fit for their seminary journey.

Learn more here>

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

United Church of Christ (UCC) student group will meet twice a month starting in February on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 3 PM CT.

We are happy to announce that Rev. T. Michael Rock has agreed to advise our student group. Rev. T. Michael is Co-Pastor at Robbinsdale Parkway, was ordained in 1996, and has previously served as a prison chaplain. In addition, he has extensive experience working with local and national UCC churches and organizations. New students are highly encouraged to attend!

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and who to contact with questions.

This group is for seminarians who identify as disabled. A place for community building and sharing.

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

Explore United

Do you know someone called to seminary? Invite them to Explore United! We have upcoming virtual open houses in January and February. Prospective students can meet with faculty, staff, and students to discern if United is a fit for their seminary journey.

Learn more here>

For seminarians who are combining their service as a spiritual leader with membership in the reserves or active duty. 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.

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.

Dr. Jennifer Awes Freeman, Assistant Professor and Program Director for Theology and the Arts

Chapel for Orthodox Matins: Matins (or “orthros”) is one of the daily service cycles in the Orthodox Church and is usually celebrated in the morning. It is led by one or more “readers,” typically chanted, and includes numerous prayers and readings of biblical texts. All are invited to attend and participate as they feel comfortable. A brief introduction to matins and its main elements will be given at the beginning.

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

As with the fall symposium, we invite proposals from students for a variety of formats, including individual or group papers and projects, panel discussions, workshops, and performances. Please submit a 250 word proposal (.doc or .pdf format) to submissions@unitedseminary.edu by January 21. Direct questions to Ashley Hovell at ahovell@unitedseminary.edu.

Join us for our next, upcoming Student/Faculty Conversation and let’s continue our conversation about new and upcoming happenings, including a new MA in Eco-Justice, Spring Symposium Week, an update on our World Religions and Intercultural Studies Faculty hire, our new Chaplain job posting, and any other items or questions you want to bring. As usual, we will limit each contribution/question to two per student to make space for all voices to be heard.

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

3rd Fridays: 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 meet on the third Friday of each month at 11:45 CT. We will also schedule some holy day observances and guest speakers throughout the term (days/times to be announced).

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link and who to contact for more information.

The Upper Midwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) would like to extend to you an invitation to participate in our 2022 Ministers Institute, January 24-25, 2022. Since most of the workshops are virtual this year, we are excited that it is possible to offer this opportunity to you. The cost to participate virtually is $50. Two workshops we are excited to offer are:

  • A Discussion of Gender-Based Perspectives on Professional Healthcare Chaplaincy led by Rev. Dr. Peter Bauck
  • How We Lose and Find Motivation as Chaplains and Ministers During Tough Times led by Rev. Scott McRae

You may read details about the workshops and presenters HERE. Information about MI2022, including keynote by Rev. Jia Starr Brown, and registration can be found HERE.

TueJan 2 5

Arts Lunch

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

A group for parents to support one another while managing families, school, work and legos.

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

Playing the Game: Problems and Possibilities for Black Men in the United States
Gary Green, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Social Transformation

This lecture captures my current effort as a scholar and a Black man to understand what is necessary for Black men in the United States to survive and flourish. I analyze the intersecting politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality as they relate to our unique struggles, focusing specifically on the connection between historical myths, political circumstances, and the relational re-creation of a society designed to undercut Black men’s attempts to survive and flourish at every level. Despite this cultural onslaught, however, I find unexpected pockets of hope that offer possibilities for new futures to be created where all can survive and flourish.

REGISTER>

United’s Faculty 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.

Rest in the Divine Presence with The Ministry Lab‘s Midweek Retreat: a recorded contemplative practice that posts at NOON CT each Wednesday. Midweek Retreat is a free resource for all member congregations and leaders (including United students). Register to receive the weekly post by sending an email of request to Director Emily Meyer (’09) (ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu).

A casual drop in time to meet whoever comes, check in, meet other students over a morning beverage. No agenda, just meeting, greeting and words of encouragement. 8:45 – 9:45 AM CT every week.

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

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.

American aspirations are often rooted in ahistorical fantasies. Have middle class myths twisted our relationships with class?

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

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, 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.

All students of color at United are invited to join us for our first gathering. Our goal is to create a space for an exchange of ideas, concerns and recommendation on how to support and grow POC student participation at UTS. Please come connect, build community, and share your experiences and opinions with other seminarians of color. (This initial meeting is for seminarians of color exclusively.)

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting ID and who to contact for more information.

For seminarians who are combining their service as a spiritual leader with membership in the reserves or active duty. 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.