United Theological Seminary

Tomorrow... Begins Today

As United Theological Seminary was transformative in your life, consider leaving a legacy that imparts your values for those who come after you. A legacy gift to United makes education possible to inspire innovative and courageous leaders for generations to come and ensures a legacy of lasting significance.

Students are drawn to United because they want to make a difference as ethical, creative and faithful leaders in a beloved community. What makes this aspiration achievable is a similar desire in our donors to make a meaningful contribution to the world. With that in mind, United formed the Barnabas Society to recognize those who have included United in their estate plans.

Our students today benefit from estate gifts left by those who made a commitment to planned giving during their lifetimes. Your decision to include United in your legacy can offer a wealth of benefits in the future. It will help us:

  • Attract the highest quality students and make their preparation for ministry affordable;
  • Provide essential scholarship funding;
  • Encourage innovative academic programs;
  • Continue our state-of-the-art distance learning and experiential education models;
  • Recruit and retain highly creative and effective faculty.

Whether you are an alum expressing gratitude for your United experience or a friend who resonates with United’s transformative mission, your generosity is the foundation for United’s success.

If you have questions or would like more information about ways to become a member of the Barnabas Society through planned giving, or to let us know you already have included United in your estate plan, contact Cindy Schriever at 651-255-6111 or cschriever@unitedseminary.edu. If you are ready to begin the planned giving process, you may find a legacy form below.
Legacy Form

Joyce (’73, ’78) and Bob Rosene

It is said that our financial gifts are our prayers for an institution. In the fall of 2020, United received a significant planned estate gift from Joyce (‘73, ‘78) and Robert Rosene following Bob’s death. Kathi Austin Mahle (‘78), a classmate, remembers Joyce as a “gentle spirit” and “a source of inspiration” to her United Methodist colleagues. In the early years of women’s ordination, Kathi describes Joyce as “a faithful sister they counted on in that journey.”

Joyce’s daughter, Barb, said of her parents, “They always wanted to give gifts for things that were behind the scenes.” Bob, an engineer, understood the importance of earmarking gifts for maintenance, or for supporting what was needed most. Barb said her parents lived by the conviction, “If you are able to help, it is your responsibility to help.” And help they did, in countless ways.

In 2015, Joyce’s Pastoral Prayers was published by the Centennial United Methodist Women. The book includes prayers for renewal, gratitude, comfort, peace, strength, and more. Many of the prayers begin with the words, “Creating God.” As I think about what we are creating today, I think of these remarkable friends of United who gave generously for over fifty years, offering sustaining support for United to live out its mission. As members of the Barnabas Heritage Society, Joyce and Bob provided United with one more generous prayer in a planned estate gift. We give thanks for their faithful care and support.

-Cindi Beth Johnson, Vice President for Advancement