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United Theological Seminary

Events Calendar

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April
FriApr 0 1

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.

FriApr 0 1

Death Lounge

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.

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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.”

TueApr 0 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

ThuApr 0 7

Chapel

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

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

Seminary closed. No classes held.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

TueApr 1 9

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.

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 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.

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.

“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?”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

FriApr 2 9

Spring Banquet

On campus and online.

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

C&E Lofts.

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

SatApr 3 0

Arts Praxis

On campus and online.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Awes-Freeman for more information.