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March 2010
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United Board Approves Audit Report

On Friday and Saturday, February 5-6, United's Board of Trustees gathered at the seminary--in spite of the stormy weather-- prayerfully to conduct important business on behalf of the school.  Action items included the election of Bishop George Bashore '58 and Dr. Joan Parrott '97 as new trustees and the acceptance of the completed 2009 Audit Report and related documents.
The Executive Committee of the Board and the President will compose an appeal for reconsideration of the recent action of the University Senate.  For more information regarding that action, please visit United's website at United Responds.
NEW 3-Year Online M.Div!
mouseUnited's new 3-year online M.Div. offers the same quality of education as our traditional classes with the added flexibility of attending class from any location with internet access!  To earn this degree students must complete a minimum of 30 percent of the degree in a hybrid or face-to-face format.
For more information about this new program, please visit
Online M.Div. 

Join Us For Heck Lectures and Alumni/ae Banquet in April 

Craig EvansThe 2010 Heck Lectures features Dr. Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday, April 14.   The theme of the lectures is "Jesus Outside the Bible."  For more information about Dr. Evans, please visit 
Craig Evans.   
The 2010 Alumni/ae Banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the seminary.  Also on Tuesday, the classes of 1960, 1970, 1990, and 2000 will be gathering for reunion activities.  For more information about tthe banquet or the gatherings, contact JoAnn Wagner at 937-529-2208 or jwagner@united.edu. 
For a complete schedule, more information or to register for the lectures, please visit Heck Lectures
Also, on April 13 the Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation will be celebrating its 30th Anniversay with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the seminary.  All friends of the Pohly Center and those attending the banquet are invited to attend.  For more information, contact Marilyn Evans at mevans@united.edu.
NEW UMC Certification Program at United!

UMC logoBeginning in June 2010, United will offer two-hour master's credit courses leading to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Professional Certification. Courses are three-day hybrid (both face-to-face and online) intensives in January, June and August each year. Certification will be offered in Christian Education, Children's Ministry, Music, Older Adult, Spiritual Formation and Youth Ministries.

For more information, please visit the UMC Certifiaction Page of the website or contact Thomas Miller in United's Admissions Office at admissions@united.edu or 800.322.5817, UMC Certification Director Dr. Jacqueline Nowak at jnowak@united.edu  or 937.529.2201, or Deacon Lori Reiber at deaconlori@englewoodconcord.com
June Courses Feature Moss, Slaughter and Sample 
Otis Moss Jr.'90 Mike Slaughter '90 and Tex Sample will be teaching courses at United this June.   
 Otis Moss headshotDr. Otis Moss '90, Pastor Emeritus of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH, and former staff member for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, will teach Martin Luther King from June 8-11. For more information about Dr. Moss, please visit Dr. Otis Moss.   
DM. Slaughter headshotr. Michael Slaughter '90
, Lead Pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, OH, will teach The Missional Church from June 21-25.  For more information about Dr. Slaughter, please visit Dr. Michael Slaughter.  

 Tex Sasmple headshotDr. Tex Sample, Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society
Saint Paul School of Theology, and specialist in the study of blue collar and the poor,  will teach White Working Class Ministry from June 14-17.  For more information about Dr. Sample, please visit Dr. Tex Sample.
For more information about the courses, please visit Course Listings. To sign up for a course or for Admissions information, please contact United's Admissions Office at admissions@united.edu or 937.529.2201.   
Dr. Otis Moss to Speak at Vision to Victory
Otis Moss headshotDr. Otis Moss Jr '90 (see story above), will be this year's featured speaker at Vision to Victory on Wednesday, April 21, at the 11:15 a.m. chapel service at United.  Dr. Moss, theologian, pastor, and civic leader, is one of America's most influential religious leaders and is a highly sought-after public speaker.  Hr served on the Dr. Martin Luther King's staff, and presently serves on President Barack Obama's 25-member White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Vision to Victory is a celebration of the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., observed by United around the time of Dr. King's martyrdom. 
Keep in Touch With Other United Alums 
Willow ValleyOn Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 the United alumni/ae in the photos at right gathered at the Willow Valley Conference Center in Lancaster, PA, for a wonderful time as they learned, shared and worshiped together.   
 United is pleased to announce other upcoming regional gatherings that will offer alums in other areas the same opportunity.  Join us at one of the gatherings below.  You'll find out what's going on at United and have the chance to meet and greet United's president, Wendy Deichmann Edwards.        
Upcoming events include: 





March 3

Deb Stevens '95, '98, '05


March 24

Arch Hawkins '79


March 25

Tom Ream


April 22

Dale Miller '92, Susan Youmans '05


May 4

Mary Kelly '05


May 10

John Ciampa '73


May 11

Gere Reist '77


May 13

Ed Zeiders '73


June 10

Janet Flanagan '06

For more information or to register for an event, please visit the
Alumni/ae Gathering Webpage.  There will be more coming, so please check back!
United's Student Council Brings You        "Gospel-Pod"
PodcastUnited's Student Council is offering a weekly devotional series during Lent called  "Gospel-Pod." The series is a joint production with United's Digital Media Center (aka the Studio) and is available now for download to listen to on your computer, iPod/iPhone, or .mp3 player!
Gospel-Pod is a weekly 3-5 minute devotional written and read by members of the United community. This podcast can be found by searching iTunes and through our hosting site, Podbean . You can also access it from the bottom right of our website's home page.  
We're always looking for participants. If you think you'd like to take part in the fun please contact Adam Wirring, Student Council Chairperson, at awirrig@united.edu or Shannon Sellars, Digital Media Center, at ssellars@united.edu.   
Bishop Ough is May Commencement Preacher

Bishop OughBishop Bruce R. Ough, Episcopal leader of the West Ohio Conferece, will preach at Spring Commencement, to be held on Saturday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church, 4961 Salem Ave., Dayton. His semon topic is "Go Pick a Fight."
Congratulations, Dr. Hudson!
Bishop OughDr. Harold Hudson has been serving the Doctoral Office in an interim capacity since last July, and has now been named Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies by Dean Richard Eslinger.  
Congratulations, Dr. Hudson!
Doctor of Ministry Intensive
 D Min crowd - Jan. 10
 The January Doctor of Ministry Intensive, "Transformative Leadership: Evangelism in a Pluaralistic Age," was held  January 25-29.  Above, doctoral students listen to Bishop Violet Fisher in a plenary, and below the Phase V (last phase of the program) meet for a lunch with President Edwards
 Phase 5 - Jan. 10
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