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January 2011

Congratulations, Advent Graduates!


Advent 2010

United's Advent Commencement was held Friday, December 17, 2010, with Bishop G. Lindsey Davis, Jr., of the Kentucky Annual Conference, preaching. Degrees awarded included eight masters and 21 doctoral degrees. 

Dr. Floyd Flake and Bishop Marcus Matthews Featured at January Intensive 

Dr. Floyd Flake, pastor of Greater Allen A.M.E. Church in


Dr. Flake

Jamaica, NY, and former president of Wilberforce University, and Bishop Marcus Matthews, resident Bishop of the newly formed Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church, are featured speakers at

Bishop Mathews

Bishop Matthews

United's Doctor of Ministry Intensive to be held from January 24-28.  Presenters for worship and plenaries will focus on the theme "National and Foreign Missions for the Master."


A number of events during Intensive week are free and open to the public.  For a list of those events and more information please visit DMin Intensive and download the Free Public Events Schedule, or contact Janice Kronour at 937-529-2201 or jkronour@united.edu.

Wellness Kick-Off is January 20!

The Heinrich Center for Wellness Ministry and Education isWellness sponsoring a Wellness Kick-off (Fit2Lead) on Thursday, January 20,  from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Thie Fellowship Hall at the Seminary.  Come and see what exciting things United will be offering! Expect a fun-filled time with door prizes, dance instructions, other demonstrations, snacks and discussion on self-care.  The event is open to all.


Rev. Robert Skipper, from the Pastoral Center at Miami Valley Hospital, will engage us in conversation on the importance of self-care; physically, spiritually and mentally.  For more information, please contact Sabrina Berry or Kathy Bacon at 937-629-2382 or e-mail at sberry@hotmail.com.  

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General updates about news and events at the seminary are posted at Updates, and Continuing education opportunities through the Institute for Applied Theology can be found at Continuing Education.

Upcoming Regional Alumni/ae Gatherings 

Exploring the Faith"Exploring the Faith" regional alumni/ae gatherings and lecture series are coming to a city near you:

  • East/Central Pennsylvania @ Willow Valley DoubleTree Resort, Lancaster, PA  - January 30-31, 2011
  • Central Florida @ Hyde Park UMC, Tampa, FL - February 15, 2011
  • East Ohio @ Strongsville UMC, Strongsville, OH - February 28, 2011

For registration and details, please visit Exploring the Faith or contact Brice Thomas at bthomas@united.edu

Feb. 9: Women in Leadership Prayer Breakfast

Breakfast The second Women in Leadership Prayer Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from  7- 8:30 a.m.  in Thie Fellowship Hall.  The speaker is United's President,  Dr. Wendy Deichmann.


There will be a drawing for a book and following the breakfast, a health screening will be available to all interested participants. Please, make reservations by emailing institute@united.edu. The cost is $5. 

Online Teaching Courses Begin in February

mouseNeed to be able to design and teach a course online? lf so, you may want to invest some time to learn online teaching skills from some of the most knowledgeable instructors in the field of theological distance education. 

United's OTLC (Online Teaching and Learning Certificate) is becoming recognized in distance learning Theological settings. It offers faculty a chance to earn a certificate in about five months completely online and helps instructors develop and demonstrate teaching skills that really work online.

United awarded 17 professional OTLC certificates last year. We start new course offerings beginning February 7.  If you would like to develop online teaching skills, or know someone who would, please visit Online Teaching and Learning Certificate

March: Light the Fire! and Encountering God Through Emerging Worship

Light the Fire!: March 27-28
Light the Fire color

United's first annual Church Renewal Conference -- Light the Fire! -- features former United 

Len Sweet

Dr. Sweet

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 conference
and for registration, please visit Light the Fire!

Encountering God Through Emerging Worship: March 29 

Emerging WorshipThis conference is made possible through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, MI, with funds provided by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. For more information please visit Emerging Worship or contact the Center for Worship, Preaching, and the Arts at cwpa@united.edu.

Walter Brueggemann Featured at 2011 Heck Lectures:  Food Fight in the Bible

Walter Brueggemann

Dr. Brueggemann

The 2011 J. Arthur Heck Lectures featuring Dr. Walter Brueggemann will be held on May 10-11, 2011.  On Tuesday, May 10, reunions are planned for the classes 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, and 2001 with a luncheon at the seminary and a lecture by Dr. Tyron
Ty Inbody

Dr. Inbody

entitled  "Christology and Cultural Conflicts: The Cross in Clint Eastwood Movies."  The Alumni/ae Banquet will be held at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 11, registration for the lectures will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first lecture at 9:30 a.m.  The theme for the lectures is "Food Fight in the Bible."  For a complete schedule and more details, please visit Heck Lectures

To nominate a United alum for the Effective Ministry Award or the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, please visit Alumnus/a Awards.

 Dr. Richard Wills to Preach at Vision to Victory

Dr. Richard Wills, pastor of First Baptist Church, Hampton, VA, will

Richard Wills

Dr. Wills

preach at the April 6, 2011, Vision to Victory celebration at United's 11:15 a.m. chapel service in Thie Fellowship Hall. Dr. Wills' sermon is entitled "How Far the Promised Land." For more information on Dr. Wills, please visit Dr. Richard Wills.


Vision to Victory celebrates the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. around the time of his martyrdom. For more information please visit Vision to Victory or contact Robbie Collins at rcollins@united.edu or 937-529-2257. 

Register now for Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference: May 24-26, Columbus, OH

The Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference,

Charles Booth
Dr. Booth

"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 online registration, please visit Preaching Conference.

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