United Theological Seminary

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  • Death Lounge
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    April 1, 2022

    Online via Zoom

    The Interreligious Chaplaincy Program is hosting The Death Lounge! The Death Lounge is a virtual panel conversation with ministry professionals about death, dying, and the care practices that come along with end-of-life. The Death Lounge welcomes interaction, encompasses artistic expression, and is meant for both spiritual caregivers working with those at end-of-life and for community-members with questions about life-care planning and navigating final arrangements. You are invited to bring your questions and a comforting meal, and join us in this virtual lounge on April 1, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM CT on Zoom. Panelists include: Rev. Nikki Darlene Frontz, Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson, Rev. Michael Blackwood, Rev. Gina Harvey, and The Rev. Tory Moir.

    Contact Dr. Jessica Cha​pman Lape with questions or for more information.

    Registration >

  • Community: BIPOC
    7:00 PM
    April 1, 2022

    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.

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  • Picard Lecture: Catherine Keller
    7:30 PM
    April 4, 2022

    PICARD LECTURE ON ENVIRONMENTAL THEOLOGY & ETHICS

    “Apocalypse After All? Climate, Politics and Faith in the Possible”
    with Dr. Catherine Keller

    On campus and online

    Dr. Catherine Keller, George T. Cobb Professor of Constructive Theology in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion of Drew University, will join United for the 2022 Picard Lecture. Learn more and RSVP for “Apocalypse After All? Climate, Politics and Faith in the Possible.”

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  • Arts Lunch
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    April 5, 2022

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

  • Lenten Bible Study
    4:45 PM-5:45 PM
    April 5, 2022

    In the Christian tradition, the season of Lent is a 40-day period commemorating the events leading up to the death of Jesus Christ. Oftentimes, Lent is regarded as a time for sacred and meaningful reflection on our own spirituality and spiritual journeys. This Lenten season, join Dr. Sabia-Tanis and Dr. Chapman Lape for a Lenten Bible Study. We will communally engage in Christian theological reflection using resources such as A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church by Wilda C. Gafney as well as the “Liberation Bible Study” podcast curated by More Light Presbyterians. The Lenten Bible Study will meet both virtually and in-person from 4:45 PM-5:45 PM on Tuesdays beginning March 8 through April 12. All are welcome.

    Contact Jessica Chapman Lape or Justin Sabia-Tanis for details.

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  • The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    April 6, 2022

    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).

  • Community: UCC Student Group
    3:00 PM-4:00 PM
    April 6, 2022

    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.

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  • Community: Unitarian Universalist
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    April 7, 2022

    We welcome all Unitarian Universalist students and offer one another support, fellowship, information, and inspiration. We share information about navigating the Aspirant/Candidate process, accessing grants, engaging regional networks, and we have occasional guest speakers from national and local leadership.

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

  • Chapel
    12:45 PM-1:15 PM
    April 7, 2022

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

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

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  • Community: Parents and Guardians of Children
    2:30 PM
    April 12, 2022

    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.

  • Lenten Bible Study
    4:45 PM-5:45 PM
    April 12, 2022

    In the Christian tradition, the season of Lent is a 40-day period commemorating the events leading up to the death of Jesus Christ. Oftentimes, Lent is regarded as a time for sacred and meaningful reflection on our own spirituality and spiritual journeys. This Lenten season, join Dr. Sabia-Tanis and Dr. Chapman Lape for a Lenten Bible Study. We will communally engage in Christian theological reflection using resources such as A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church by Wilda C. Gafney as well as the “Liberation Bible Study” podcast curated by More Light Presbyterians. The Lenten Bible Study will meet both virtually and in-person from 4:45 PM-5:45 PM on Tuesdays beginning March 8 through April 12. All are welcome.

    Contact Jessica Chapman Lape or Justin Sabia-Tanis for details.

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  • The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    April 13, 2022

    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).

  • Queer United Affinity Community (QUAC)
    2:00 PM
    April 13, 2022

    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.

  • Wednesday Real Talk About Real Ministry
    3:00 PM-4:00 PM
    April 13, 2022

    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.

  • Student Gathering: Put Flesh on It
    6:30 PM-7:30 PM
    April 13, 2022

    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.

  • More events
    • The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat
      12:00 PM-1:00 PM
      April 13, 2022

      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).

    • Queer United Affinity Community (QUAC)
      2:00 PM
      April 13, 2022

      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.

    • Wednesday Real Talk About Real Ministry
      3:00 PM-4:00 PM
      April 13, 2022

      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.

    • Student Gathering: Put Flesh on It
      6:30 PM-7:30 PM
      April 13, 2022

      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.

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  • Community: United Pagans
    11:45 AM
    April 15, 2022

    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.

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  • Wednesday Coffee and Tea
    8:45 AM-9:45 AM
    April 20, 2022

    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.

  • Community: UCC Student Group
    10:00 AM
    April 20, 2022

    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.

  • The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    April 20, 2022

    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).

  • Wednesday Real Talk About Real Ministry
    3:00 PM-4:00 PM
    April 20, 2022

    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.

  • Social Transformation Showcase
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    April 20, 2022

    Hosted by the Social Transformation Program

    How are United students changing the world? In amazing ways! Please join us to hear about four United students and their social transformation projects:

    • Samantha Carwyn—exploring Black women’s self-understanding of the growth from childhood to adulthood
    • Dana Rademacher Hansen—developing an LGBTQ affirming campus ministry for queer university students
    • Nah Eh Wah—creating a music video and Bible study curriculum for Karen youth to consider themselves in relation to the world
    • Suzanne Cole Sullivan—addressing class and labor issues within the Society of Friends

    Join us in person or on Zoom. See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link.

    Contact Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis for more information.

  • More events
    • Wednesday Coffee and Tea
      8:45 AM-9:45 AM
      April 20, 2022

      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.

    • Community: UCC Student Group
      10:00 AM
      April 20, 2022

      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.

    • The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat
      12:00 PM-1:00 PM
      April 20, 2022

      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).

    • Wednesday Real Talk About Real Ministry
      3:00 PM-4:00 PM
      April 20, 2022

      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.

    • Social Transformation Showcase
      7:00 PM-9:00 PM
      April 20, 2022

      Hosted by the Social Transformation Program

      How are United students changing the world? In amazing ways! Please join us to hear about four United students and their social transformation projects:

      • Samantha Carwyn—exploring Black women’s self-understanding of the growth from childhood to adulthood
      • Dana Rademacher Hansen—developing an LGBTQ affirming campus ministry for queer university students
      • Nah Eh Wah—creating a music video and Bible study curriculum for Karen youth to consider themselves in relation to the world
      • Suzanne Cole Sullivan—addressing class and labor issues within the Society of Friends

      Join us in person or on Zoom. See this week’s Monday Morning for the Zoom meeting link.

      Contact Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis for more information.

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  • Lecture: Kyle Roberts, “What’s on the Other Side?”
    All day
    April 21, 2022

    “What’s On the Other Side?” Death, Immortality, and Hope in Theological Reflection
    Kyle Roberts, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean and Schilling Chair as Professor of Public Theology and the Church and Economic Life

    Death is inevitable; that basic truth can instill fear and anxiety. This is especially true in a time of Pandemic. Theologians have often wrestled with the problem of death and have articulated visions of afterlife, immortality, and resurrection. This lecture explores a variety of perspectives on immortality and afterlife (from literal to the symbolic) in Christian theological traditions and considers the contributions of Ernest Becker to the relation between the inevitability of death, the anxiety it produces, and perspectives on immortality in religious thought. The lecture will also consider the question, “What is our hope in the face of death?”

    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.

  • Community: Unitarian Universalist
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    April 21, 2022

    We welcome all Unitarian Universalist students and offer one another support, fellowship, information, and inspiration. We share information about navigating the Aspirant/Candidate process, accessing grants, engaging regional networks, and we have occasional guest speakers from national and local leadership.

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

  • Chapel: Meet Chaplain Nikki Frontz
    12:45 PM-1:15 PM
    April 21, 2022

    Meet United’s new chaplain! Rev. Nikki Frontz will share some reflections, answer some questions from Dean Roberts, and will respond to your questions, also. Join us for this time of imagining the next stage of United’s chapel life and spiritual formation with Rev. Frontz.

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

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  • Community: Humanists
    3:00 PM
    April 29, 2022

    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.

  • Spring Banquet
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    April 29, 2022

    On campus and online.

    Questions can be directed to Ashley Hovell: ahovell@unitedseminary.edu or 651-255-6162.

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