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The Praxis of Love: A Community Conversation on All About Love by bell hooks

Seminary Chaplain Ministerial Installation

Join us for our Seminary Chaplain Ministerial Installation at Fall Symposium Week. A lunch reception will follow hosted by the Dean.

Attire: Ministerial robes with multicolor stoles, academic regalia, or smart casual

Artist Talk: Gabriella Boros

Join us for Gabriella Boros’ first formal event at United. Boros will offer an artist talk about her striking woodblock print exhibit “Rage, Roots, & Stones.” Dr. Munjed Murad and Dr. Jennifer Awes Freeman will moderate a conversation in response to Gabriella’s presentation.

Gustafson Lectureship in New Testament Studies

“Catching God’s Breath in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter”
Rev. Dr. Angela Parker
Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek
at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology


Book Event: President Molly T. Marshall’s 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Join us on campus or via Zoom for a special book event celebrating the release of President Molly T. Marshall’s 1 & 2 Thessalonians: A Theological Commentary on the Bible, part of Westminster John Knox’s Belief series.

The event will feature a discussion and Q&A with President Marshall, as well as remarks from special guest Rev. Dr. Shively Smith (Boston University). Drs. Marshall and Smith will discuss the ways the letters to the Thessalonians raise questions, ideas, and obligations that remain relevant today, such as: How should we live in the shadow of the coming Parousia? What are our obligations to one another as followers of Jesus? How do we learn to trust the truth of the gospel?

A reception will follow for in-person attendees.

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The registration deadline is October 20, 2022. If you have questions, please contact MJ Luna at mluna@unitedseminary.edu.

Please note: Persons on campus need to be fully vaccinated. While masks are not required, visitors should wear a mask in accordance with health risks and seminary policy available here.

Many Voices United: Celebrating United at 60

Help us kick off United’s 60th Year! Join us for a time of conversation, reconnection, and reminiscing. Hear updates from United’s President Molly T. Marshall, tour the new campus, and hear reflections on teaching from current and retired faculty members.

Faculty conversation partners will include Rev. Dr. Gary F. Green II, Rev. Dr. Ed Martin, Dr. Jennifer Awes Freeman, Rev. Dr. Wilson Yates, Dr. Demian Wheeler, and Dr. Mary Farrell Bednarowski. The day will also include time for worship and the honoring of United’s 2022 Distinguished Alum!

Registration deadline: September 23, 2022.

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Leadership Center for Social Justice Launch Event

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Join us for the official launch of the Leadership Center for Social Justice! We will gather for an evening to celebrate the launch of the Center and connect with each other over appetizers and drinks. We will also hear reflections from our Teaching Fellows and meet the members of the inaugural cohort for the Leadership Center for Social Justice program.

Please note: Persons on campus need to be fully vaccinated. While masks are not required, visitors should wear a mask in accordance with health risks and the seminary’s COVID policy.

Register > Deadline September 16, 2022

Contact Stella Pearce (spearce@unitedseminary.edu) for more information.

*If you plan to attend via livestream online at 7:00 pm, click here to join via Zoom.

Fall Convocation

Blessing and Celebrating Rev. Dr. Ry Siggelkow And the Leadership Center For Social Justice

Join us as we worship together and bless and celebrate Rev. Dr. Ry Siggelkow, Adjunct Professor and Director of the Leadership Center for Social Justice.

Faculty, adjunct faculty, emeriti/ae faculty, trustees, and officers will process. Rev. Dr. Ry Siggelkow will speak about the mission and vision of the Leadership Center and its importance for United.

Continue the celebration with a light lunch following the ceremony. Or, if you prefer, join us online.

Fall Convocation is always free and open to the public. Please park on the south side of the CASE building (767 Eustis St., St. Paul, MN 55114). Need directions? Click here.

Questions can be directed to MJ Luna mluna@unitedseminary.edu or 651-255-6162.

Register > Deadline September 12, 2022

Please note: Persons on campus need to be fully vaccinated. While masks are not required, visitors should wear a mask in accordance with health risks and seminary policy available here.

Meeting With Molly

Many of you tuned in May 12 when we hosted our first livestream meeting with United President Molly T. Marshall. It was such a success, we’re planning more episodes!

Our next Meeting with Molly is Tuesday, August 16 at noon CT via livestream. This time, Molly’s special guest will be Rev. Dr. Ry O. Siggelkow, director of United’s new Leadership Center for Social Justice.

Join us in August when Molly and Ry will discuss their hopes for the inaugural cohort of pastors and the ongoing success of the Leadership Center. Mark your calendars for noon CT on Tuesday, August 16. View at https://bit.ly/3oQFoMF

Conversation: After the Fall of Roe, Where Do We Go from Here?

Hosted by the Social Transformation Program

Led by Rev. Kelli Clement (’10)

Students and religious leaders are wrestling with the implications of the end of Roe v. Wade, signaled by the leaked decision from the US Supreme Court. In three sessions, we will explore various aspects of the intersections of faith and reproductive health, rights and justice: theology and morality, pastoral care, and activism. Attend one or all of the sessions, in person or online.

June 8: The current landscape; addressing our own grief; theological and moral questions

July 13: Pastoral care for reproductive decisions and loss; telling our stories

August 3: Activism for reproductive rights from a faith perspective

Rev. Kelli’s recent blog post gives will give you an idea of her perspective.

Sessions will be held at 7:00 p.m. CT, online and on campus.
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96026182880
For event information, contact Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis at jsabia-tanis@unitedseminary.edu.

The Rev. Kelli Clement is Assistant Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, where her portfolio includes Social Justice and Pastoral Care. She also serves as quarter-time minister for the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Wisconsin. A 2010 MDiv graduate and former Board member of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Kelli is the former Executive Director of the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and worked as a training consultant for the national office of RCRC, educating clergy around the country in pastoral care for reproductive decisions and reproductive loss. Art play as a spiritual practice helps her cope with living through the apocalypse.