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Save the Date for Light the Fire!

Light the Fire colorUnited's first annual Church Renewal Conference - Light the Fire! - will be held Sunday and Monday, March 27-28, 2011.  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Leonard Sweet, former president of United, visionary and renewalist, who is currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew

Dr. Sweet

Len Sweet
University, Madison, NJ, and Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland, OR.  He is also a writer, a highly sought-after speaker, and a member of the West Virginia Annual Conference.  Dr. Sweet's topic is "Evangelism and Discipleship in a TGIF (Twitter, Google, iphone. Facebook) World." For more information about Dr. Sweet, please visit Leonard Sweet.
  Watch for more information soon on our website.

Bishop Ough is Commencement Speaker 
Bishop Ough
Bishop Ough
United's Spring Commencement services will be held Saturday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church, 4961 Salem Ave., Dayton, with speaker Bishop Bruce Ough, Episcopal leader of the West Ohio Conference.  His topic is "Go Pick a Fight."
Twenty-one masters degrees and 19 doctoral degrees will be awarded. Commencement Eucharist will be held at Salem Heights Chapel, 4000 Denlinger Rd., at 10 a.m.
United Partners with Northeastern Seminary

United and Northeastern Seminary (NES) of Rochester, NY, Unitedplusneshave developed a cooperative plan to provide seminary education for United Methodist candidates for ministry in upstate New York.  Beginning in the Fall semester of 2010, it will be possible for United Methodists in the new Upper New York Conference to take courses at Northeastern in Rochester and apply them to a Master of Divinity degree at United.  

 For more information about this program, please visit United's website at New Partnership.  For information about Northeastern please visit Northeastern Seminary
Become Certified to Teach in a Virtual Environment
mouseBeginning in June, United is offering a series of classes for theological instructors or administrators who wish to become certified to teach in a virtual environment.  The program consists of five online courses that will help the student confidently design, develop and teach online courses.  For more information, please visit Online Teaching and Learning Certificate.
United Offers Exciting Line Up of June Classes
United is welcoming some prominent church leaders to its team of instructors this June. The following courses are offered in convenient formats: 
Short-Term Face-to-Face Classes
Martin Luther King: Dr. Otis Moss, June 8 - 11
The Missional Church: Dr. Michael Slaughter, June 21 - 25
 Hybrid Classes (Part Online, Part Face-to-Face)
White Working Class Ministry: Dr. Tex Sample, June 14 - 17  (Face-to-face portion)
Religious Education Theory and Practice: Deacon Lori Reiber, June 21-23 (Face-to-face portion)
Christian Education for Children: Dr. Jackie Nowak June 24-26 (Face-to-face portion)
Effective Ministry with Youth: Rev. Tammy Jo Reiser, June 24-26 (Face-to-face portion)
For more details and specific times for each of these courses please visit United's website. Some courses are also offered for Visiting Students as continuing education units. 
New at United! UMC Certification Program

Beginning in June, United is offering two-hour master's credit UMC logocourses 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. Each course in the program, in addition to providing two graduate credits, may be taken for no credit by visiting and auditing students, as well as those seeking GBHEM Paraprofessional Certification, who will come as visiting students.

Non-United Methodists are welcome in the classes as well. Certification will be offered in Christian Education, Children's Ministry, Music, Older Adult, Spiritual Formation and Youth Ministries.  For more information, please visit Certification or contact United's Admissions Office at 800-322-5817.
United Alumni/ae Gatherings at Annual Conferences
United is hosting a number of events for alumni/ae at upcoming annual conferences. They include: 
  •  West Michigan -- June 3
    Lunch, regular serving line.  Reserve at plodge@united.edu or 937-529-2203
  • Central Pennsylvania - June 5
    Breakfast, 7 a.m. at Brothers Family Dining.  Reserve at plodge@united.edu or 937-529-2203
  • West Ohio - June 7
    Dinner at Wesley Lodge South, $10.  Reserve at plodge@united.edu or 937-529-2203
  • Indiana - June 10
    Lunch at Student Center, $14.75;   Reserve through conference.
  • West Virginia - June 10
    Dinner, Nellie Wilson Lounge, $10; Reserve at jflanagan@united.edu o4 304-342-9222
  • Western Pennsylvania - June 11
    Lunch in Old MAP, $3 for conference members, $10 non-conference; Reserve at plodge@united.edu or 937-529-2203
  • East Ohio -- Monday, June 14
    5:30 p.m. at the home of Gary Olin and Sally Nelson-Olin, 456 Peach Ave. Cost is Cost: $8.00 ($5.00 children); Make reservations at: glolin456@aol.com or 419 798 1819
For updates, please visit United's website at Conferences or call the Alumni/ae Office at 937-529-2201. 
United on Facebook
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United Files Request for Reconsideration
United recently filed a Request for Reconsideration of a decision issued earlier this year by the University Senate.  The decision placed the school on public warning status, which led to the withholding of United Methodist Ministerial Education Funds. The University Senate's reply to United's request will be made at the agency's next meeting on June 23, 2010. 
For more information and to see previously posted information about this issue, please visit our website at United Responds to University Senate.
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