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United Celebrates First Gathering Week!

Gathering Week

The new students above were on campus the week of Sept. 25

for our first Gathering Week for online Master of Divinity students.  They participated in formation groups, worship, common meal, and face-to-face classroom time. 


United welcomed more than 150 new students, master and doctoral, this fall. 

Dr. Paul Chilcote Featured for Evangelism Week

Paul ChilcoteDr. Paul Chilcote, Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies and Director of the Center for Applied Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland OH, will be the featured speaker on November 10 during Evangelism Week at United. For more information about Dr. Chilcote, please visit Paul Chilcote. For more information about Evangelism Week, contact Robbie Collins at 937.529.2257 or rcollins@united.edu or visit the website at 



Quarterly Women's Prayer Breakfasts to Begin During Evangelism Week

 President Wendy Deichmann Edwards, in partnership with the Harriet L. Miller Women's Center, will be hosting Women's Prayer Breakfasts quarterly, beginning November 10, from 7 - 9 a.m. in Thie Fellowship Hall.  Dr. Paul Chilcote, speaker for Evangelism Week at United, will be the speaker for the first breakfast. Tickets are $5 for alumni/ae and United community members and $10 for others. Please make reservations by emailing Director of the Women's Center, Jacqueline Nowak, at jnowak@united.edu, by November 2.




Covenant in the Midst of Conflict is October 16
CovenantOn Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at United Theological Seminary, the West Ohio Conference is hosting Covenant in the Midst of Crisis, a conference that provides an opportunity for persons in ministry contexts to consider how the church, as a diverse theological community, can stay at the table together in the midst of conflict.

Guest speakers include Dr. Ted Campbell, Perkins School of Theology, Dr. David Watson, Associate Professor of New Testament at United, Dr. Jason Vickers, Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies at United, and Bishop Marcus Lohrmann, Northwest Ohio Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

The cost for the event is $10.  For more information and registration, please visit United's website at Covenant or the West Ohio Conference website at West Ohio Conference.
United's Director of Music Conducts at Kennedy Center
Jeremy Winston, new Director of Music Ministries at United, was Jeremyfeatured as conductor for the 105 Voices of History National Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, September 19. 
Winston is also the Ray Charles Distinguished Chair of Sacred and Choral Music at Wilberforce University. Winston, along with three other national conductors, was awarded the inaugural John F. Kennedy Medal for excellence in conducting and musical leadership for the choir. 

The 105 Voices of History Choir is a national ensemble of students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Students who excel in music performance are selected by their institution to represent them in the national choir. For more information about the 105 Voices of History National Choir, please visit 105 Voices.
New Music Certificate Offered

United's new certificate program, the Floyd and Elaine Flake Certificate in Music Ministry, will begin in January 2011.  This six-course program is designed to provide outstanding leadership of music ministry in the twenty-first century Christian Church.


Courses include Teaching Biblical Faith and Ministry, Theology in Music, Spiritual and Music Ministry Formation, Congregational Songs, Technology in Music Ministry, and Ensemble Leadership. For more information about this program, please visit the website at Certificate in Music Ministry or contact the program's director, Jeremy Winston at 937-529-2201 or jwinston@united.edu.

United's Annual Phonathon is Coming!

Harold and Norma StockmanIn just a few weeks one of United's students, faculty, staff or volunteer alumni/ae will be calling those who have not yet pledged to the 2010-2011 Annual Fund campaign. Expect someone to call your home between October 12-16 and 19-22. If you have not yet pledged, there is still time to respond online at www.united.edu. Click on the "Support United" tab and then "Donate Online" in the left menu.


We are also looking for volunteers to call during the phonathon on campus or from your home.  If you plan to call on campus, please call Brice Thomas at 937.529.2256. If you are willing to call 10-15 alumni/ae from your home, please respond to bthomas@united.edu with your name, mailing address, contact number and whether you would prefer to call alumni/ae from a specific class, or from your local area. We will send you all the information you need to get started!


There are incentives for making calls. Each caller signing up for a four-hour shift will receive a $10 gift certificate from  Cokesbury and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate. Every call will help increase United's scholarship and institutioanl support. 


Is God calling YOU to call others? Please respond by Tuesday, Oct. 5, so we have plenty of time to get your list in the mail!

Coming in 2011 -- Sweet, Brueggemann and Booth!
Light the Fire! - March 27-28, 2011 

Light the Fire colorUnited's first annual Church Renewal Conference -- Light the Fire! -- features 
Len Sweet
former United president Dr. Leonard Sweet whose topic is "Discipleship in a TGIF (Twitter, Google, iphone, Facebook) World."  To learn more about Dr. Sweet, please visit Leonard Sweet.  For more information about the Church Renewal Conference, please visit Light the Fire!

J. Arthur Heck Lectures
Dr. Walter Brueggemann: May 11, 2011
Walter Brueggemann
Join us this May for a series of lectures given by  Dr. Walter Brueggemann and alumni/ae reunions for the classes of 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, and 2001. Watch the website for details.

The Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference
 "Preaching in an Age of Apostasy"
May 24-May 26, 2011
Charles Booth

The Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference, "Preaching in an Age of Apostasy" will feature Dr. Charles Booth, along with Dr. Rita Twiggs, Dr. John Kinney, Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue, Dr. James Earl Massey, Dr. Harold Carter, Dr. Robert Smith, Dr. Joel Gregory, Dr. Evans E. Crawford, and more. It will be held in Columbus, OH, from May 24-26, 2011. For details, schedule, and registration information, please visit  Preaching Conference.
Hybrid COSSO Program Thriving at United

Course of Study School of Ohio's hybrid program at United went "live" in February 2009, offering licensed local pastors the flexibility of taking one-half of each course online (working at their convenience) combined with in-person, on-campus meetings for the other half of the course over a single Friday-Saturday weekend.


To date, we have delivered 10 classes to a total of 106 students, with three more classes currently underway with another 20 students, exceeding initial expectations.  Students have indicated their satisfaction with the hybrid format, and have expressed a desire to be able to take more classes in this manner.  Beginning in January 2011, we will offer one class at each level (100, 200, etc.) during each term. This format offers increased flexibility and accessibility to licensed local pastors whose time and travel resources are llimited. 


To learn more about the hybrid Course of Study program at United, please see our page on our website at Course of Study.

Certification in Urban Ministry to be Offered 

UMC logoThe General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church has approved a Professional Certification in Urban Ministry which can be obtained through United  in collaboration with Church of All People, Columbus, OH and Wesley Center, Dayton, OH.

The standard core courses for certification in Bible, Theology and UMC Studies will be offered regularly.  The first specialty course, Healthy Church and Community, will be held Monday - Wednesday, January 10 -12, 2011. The cost for this course, to be held at Church of All People, will be $300, plus room and board. The Rev. John Edgar, Pastor of Church for All People, will be the instructor.

Contact the Institute for Applied Theology, 937-529-2201or jnowak@united.edu, for more information

Renewed and Refreshed Roots and Wings Program to begin January 2011

United's Roots and Wings Certificate program offers courses in many areas for adults seeking to deepen and broaden their faith. Face-to-face, hybrid and on-line classes will be offered, with certificates awarded to students taking three Roots courses (Bible, Theology, Spiritual Formation) and three Wings courses (from a menu of choices).

Face-to-face and hybrid courses are $300 (with 30 percent alumni/ae discounts and non-alumni/ae scholarships available). On-line courses vary in contact hours, from 15 to 30 and cost from $150 - $300. One hundred twenty course contact hours are required for the certificate. 


For updated course listings and further details please visit United's website at Roots and Wings or email the Director of the Institute for Applied Theology, Dr. Jacqueline Nowak, at jnowak@united.edu

What's New at United?

Dr. David Watson, Assistant Professor of New Testament, has published a new book entitled Honor Among Christians: The Cultural Key to the Messianic Secret, Fortress Press, 2010.  For more information, please visit Fortress Press  ...  Dr. Watson and Dr. Jason Vickers, Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, are teaching the "Seminary Series" at Gingahamsburg UMC, Tipp City, OH.  For more information, please visit Ginghamsburg UMC  ... On December 1, United and Stillwater UMC, Dayton, are co-hosting Rabbi Brad Hirschfield for a presentation called "Finding Faith Without Fanaticism," from 7 - 8:30 p.m. For information about Rabbi Hirschfield, visit  Brad Hirschfield  ... The Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Seminary (NYC), funded by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, is gathering seven scholars to delve more deeply into the educational methodologies and issues related to multifaith education in a seminary context.  Participants include our own Dr. Lisa M. Hess, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Contextual Ministries ... Master of Theological Studies student Adam Wirrig will be presenting a paper at the 2010 international meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society in Montreal, Canada ... Phyllis Ennist, United's Director of Educational Technology and Distance Learning, was recently invited to join the Technology in Theological Education Group Steering Committee, formed by the Association of Theological Schools ... President Wendy Deichmann Edwards was elected in June to the Women in Leadership Committee of the Association of Theological Schools.   

O'Brien Library Dedicated

O'Brien Dedication

On September 8, 2010, United hosted a wonderful celebration of the naming of the Elmer J. and Betty A. O'Brien Library.  The O'Briens (above) launched the naming oppportunity with a $500,000 gift, with an additional $100,000 to be raised.  For more information or to make a gift, please visit O'Brien Library
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