United Theological Seminary

Events Calendar

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February
TueFeb 0 1

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

FriFeb 0 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.

Join UTS students Doe Hoyer and Pan Graham on the evening of Sunday, February 6 for an online ritual of cooking and singing together, to celebrate Imbolc — the first signs of spring awakening in the Celtic tradition. Doe and Pan will share songs and stories related to Imbolc and the Irish Goddess/Saint Brighid who is honored during this holiday. Prepare a favorite soup while singing, or prepare traditional Imbolc foods by incorporating lamb, potatoes and root vegetables, dairy and cheeses, fresh baked bread, blackberries, dandelion greens, or honey into your meal. This event is a United Pagans community ritual offering; all are welcome to attend and the event will also be open to the broader community. Register here: https://linktr.ee/soupsinging

We will hear from one of our three finalists for the Johnson-Fry Endowed Chair in World Religions and Intercultural Studies as they each deliver their candidacy lectures/guest classes via Zoom. All members of the United community (students and faculty/staff) are invited. See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting ID.

Learn more about the Johnson-Fry Endowed Chair in World Religions and Intercultural Studies.

Join Rev. Karen Hutt in this great opportunity to get connected to the world of chaplaincy. From the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab:

We’re pleased to announce a spring season for the Field Guide for Aspiring Chaplains. For this season, we’re focusing specifically on individual sectors of spiritual care. We’ll continue with higher education chaplaincy on February 7, 2022 at 8 PM ET. You can join us by registering here.

TueFeb 0 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.

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.

Meet guests from around the country doing interesting ministry and spiritual entrepreneurship in chaplaincy, churches, and communities. Live guests, recorded interviews, and passionate conversations.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Karen Hutt, Vice President for Student and Community Engagement, with questions.

A monthly gathering for students who want to share ideas they have for ministry and service. These should be half-baked ideas, visions, and musings. This is the space for entrepreneurial thinkers. We will use an innovation technique to create a vibrant landscape for your ideas to marinate and take shape. This is for seminarians who think outside the box and see risk taking in ministry as an opportunity.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Karen Hutt, Vice President for Student and Community Engagement, with questions.

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.

ThuFeb 1 0

Chapel

Details on this worship service will be posted as they become available.

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

We will hear from one of our three finalists for the Johnson-Fry Endowed Chair in World Religions and Intercultural Studies as they each deliver their candidacy lectures/guest classes via Zoom. All members of the United community (students and faculty/staff) are invited. See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting ID.

Learn more about the Johnson-Fry Endowed Chair in World Religions and Intercultural Studies.

TueFeb 1 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.

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 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.

Meet guests from around the country doing interesting ministry and spiritual entrepreneurship in chaplaincy, churches, and communities. Live guests, recorded interviews, and passionate conversations.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Karen Hutt, Vice President for Student and Community Engagement, with questions.

Explore United

Do you know someone called to seminary? Invite them to Explore United! Prospective students can meet with faculty, staff, and students to discern if United is a fit for their seminary journey.

Learn more here>

Explore United

Do you know someone called to seminary? Invite them to Explore United! 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 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.

Confidence in Conflict: Navigating the Struggle

When you hear the word conflict, what reaction happens in your body? Is it possible to have a healthy relationship with conflict? How do you develop the capacity to enter into conflict well? These are some burning questions that we’ll explore with you in this conflict workshop. Learn more and register.>

A comment often heard from clergy when dealing with a congregational conflict, “Why didn’t I learn how to deal with this in seminary?” There are so many additional skills needed to be a spiritual leader or minister. Take advantage of workshops, greet and meets, and seminars offered by the Community of Communities programs.

“That LeaderWise workshop in conflict management made a huge difference in how I understand my role as a pastor. I will definitely use these skills in de-escalation and making sure I do not get enmeshed with congregants.”

Details on this worship service will be posted as they become available.

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

The Real Stories of the “Bad Girls” of the Bible: a Post-Evangelical Reflection
Tim Sena, Director of The Spencer Library and Associate Professor of Theological Bibliography

“Historically, the stories of many of the women of the Bible have been interpreted in ways that deprive these women of their own agency, shame them for their sexuality, ignore their heroic actions and if all else fails, relegate them to “bad girl” status (such as the wildly popular Bad Girls of the Bible book series written by Liz Curtis Higgs). These harmful interpretations are not supported by the text. By taking a fresh look at these narratives, there is the hope that space will be created for people to find their own stories within the text.”

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.

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.

We will hear from one of our three finalists for the Johnson-Fry Endowed Chair in World Religions and Intercultural Studies as they each deliver their candidacy lectures/guest classes via Zoom. All members of the United community (students and faculty/staff) are invited. See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting ID.

Learn more about the Johnson-Fry Endowed Chair in World Religions and Intercultural Studies.

TueFeb 2 2

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.

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.

Meet guests from around the country doing interesting ministry and spiritual entrepreneurship in chaplaincy, churches, and communities. Live guests, recorded interviews, and passionate conversations.

See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link. Contact Karen Hutt, Vice President for Student and Community Engagement, with questions.

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.

Details on this worship service will be posted as they become available.

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.

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.

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

Join us for United’s second Symposium Week this coming February 28-March 2! Our theme is “This Planet, Our Home.” Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, a theologian and recently retired chaplain of Hamline University, will deliver the Susan Draper White endowed plenary lecture on the topic of feminism and ecololgy. Benedict Scheuer will deliver an Artist Talk (artwork above), and students will offer presentations on their areas of study.

Register >

More details will be added as they become available.

Details on this worship service will be posted as they become available.

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

Re-Soil/ing the New Jerusalem: Dream-Reading Revelation (22:2) and Women’s Speculative Fiction for Futures that Feed Us

Rev. Dr. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud
On campus and via Zoom

Ecofeminist Catherine Keller invites us to “dream-read” the biblical book of Revelation as a “dis/closive” strategy for reimagining planetary futures from “edges” of possibility, counter to religious and secular “endings.” This eco-eschatology lecture begins with a visage from the Lake Street Bridge, reflecting on the place of “City, Tree, Water,” then flows through apocalyptic images of the New Jerusalem and its Tree of Life, whose “leaves are for the healing of the nations” (22:2). Further inspiration from arboreal researchers, regenerative land-poets, and women’s speculative fiction writers illumine relations of kinship between trees, leaves, soil and humans. As spiritual communities seek alternatives to extractive and exploitative economies, eco-eschatology reimagines and dreams how we may engage together for edible, fertile, generous and humble futures.

Please RSVP. Registration is free. >

About the Speaker
Rev. Dr. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud is a retired clergy member of the MN Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and she is currently serving as an adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She brings experience in higher education as a professor of Christian theology at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, as well as Hamline University, where she served as Chaplain and Director of the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice. Nancy has also served in leadership as a youth minister, retreat center director, director of Christian education, lead pastor, and teaching elder. Nancy received an MDiv and PhD in Religion from Vanderbilt University, and an MA in Christian Education from Scarritt College. She is author of The Raging Hearth: Spirit in the Household of God (Chalice, 2000), as well as multiple articles and book chapters on ecotheology, feminist theology, and ecospirituality. She and her family live in south Minneapolis, where she is passionate about urban gardening and food sustainability.