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Alum Journeys


Rabbi Amy Eilberg, D.Min. class of 2016

Amy is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, spiritual director, and an interfaith activist. “There may be nothing with quite as much positive potential as religion for building a stronger community, and a stronger world.”


Aaron Lauer, M.A. class of 2010 and M.Div class of 2015

Aaron is the Minister for Children, Youth, and Families at First Congregational Church of Minnesota. “The church is undergoing changes in the way it’s structured, its mission, and how we do outreach to people from diverse backgrounds, whether that be ethnicity, class, and LGBT issues. We live in a much more integrated world and United takes that seriously.”


Sonja Parr, M.Div. class of 2012

Sonja is the founder of ethical clothing company, Imago Venia: Dressing in Grace. “When you’re a student at United, you cannot help but hear the message of global justice all around you.”


Phil Romine, M.Div. class of 2016

Phil aspires to become a pastor and go on to doctoral studies, perhaps in historical theology. “I think when it comes to interfaith dialogue, United has given me the abilities and the tools to engage in it meaningfully as a Christian. And has also given me a basic orientation to how people of other faith traditions are going to engage in that dialogue as well. What they’re going to bring to the table, and the ability to actually be able to listen to them and engage them in that dialogue. For me, that hope for interfaith dialogue, and how it’s actually happening right now is integral to efforts to advance the causes of social justice.”

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