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November-December 2011



United's Alum E-News is a publication to keep alums connected with one another and to highlight happenings at the seminary. Alum E-News is generated from information by alums, so please send any news you would like to share for the next issue to klarson002@unitedseminary.edu by December 15.


Alum Notes


Matching Gift Opportunity: November 14-18 Only!

Make an online gift and take advantage of a unique giving opportunity! Several United Trustees have created a special $15,000 matching fund as incentive for online gifts made to the Annual Fund November 14-18, 2011. Click here to make a gift via giveMN.org.


Presidential Search Committee

An expedited search committee, chaired by Carolyn Hendrixson '99, has been formed to find the next president of United. If you have a candidate(s) you'd like to suggest, please contact Gretchen Milloy at gmilloy@unitedseminary.edu. Thank you very much!

Recent Alum News


Rev. Mark P. Steiner was honored by the United Church Homes and Chapel Hill Community with their Ben Herbster Award for distinguished leadership and service. Mark was recognized for his lifetime achievement in pastoral care and parish ministry. He is a graduate of Mission House and United seminaries.

1962 & 71
Frederick Kruse has written a book, Sheep May Safely Graze, dedicated to Mission House Seminary class of 1962. It includes a tribute to Lakeland College, Mission House,
and United seminaries.

Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel was appointed as president/CEO of United Church Homes on June 1. Rev. Daniel most recently served as interim president of Lancaster Theological Seminary. Read more.


Grace Anderson will be ordained to the ministry on November 13 at Macalester Plymouth United Church. She is presently in her CPE residency at Presbyterian Homes.


Damen Heitmann was featured in a recent issue of the Minnesota COMMAntary for his work on a five-week sermon series at First United Church in Little Falls titled "The Wisdom of Children's Literature."
Read more.

An Ecclesiastical Council will be conducted for Mike MacMillan on Monday, November 21, at 2:00 PM at Edina Morningside United Church of Christ.

Aaron Lauer began as minister for children, youth and families at First Congregational Church of Minnesota on August 21.

Chris Kliesen Wehrman was commissioned on June 2, 2011, and appointed pastor of Prospect Park United Methodist Church (Minneapolis), where she began serving July 26.

An Ecclesiastical Council will be conducted for Shai Wise on Wednesday, November 16, at 10:30 AM at Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis.

In Memory and with Gratitude

Rev. Myra Carroll-Pezella died on September 4 after collapsing in the pulpit during the morning service. Read more.

Evelyn McAllaster, wife of Rev. Allan McAllaster (founding dean of admissions and records and emeritus professor of biblical interpretation at United 1960-1988) died on November 5. Rev. McAllaster lives in Owen, Wisconsin. Read more.

Rev. Alma E. Stepanek '51 died on September 5, having struggled with cancer since December 2009. Read more.

Rev. Clifford Voll '52 died at home in Palos Park, Illinois, on October 9. Read more.

Celebrating 50 Years


United is busy planning and celebrating 50 years of Changing Lives to Change the World!


Spring Convocation

An All Class Reunion & Alum Art Exhibit

April 25-26

The Alum Council and a committee led by Doug Federhart are gathering ideas on what would bring you back to campus. A few emeriti faculty have already mentioned they plan to come back and want to see some of their former students. Doug would appreciate your input because we have some excellent ideas for this milestone reunion but nothing is definite. Also for those of you who aren't able to attend, we are looking at ways to bring this reunion to you. You will hear more about the submission of art from our alums in the near future. Please e-mail Julie Brown at jbrown@unitedseminary.edu with your suggestions. 


Calling all Prayers

Pour your passion for the life of this community and its work into a daily prayer for United in the coming year. What is your hope, your dream, your prayer for the community's next 50 years? Please write a short prayer (one sentence) and e-mail it to Kayla Larson. Then lift it up once each day through next August. Chapel bells will ring every day at 6:00 PM, vespers hour, as a reminder to those on campus. Please indicate whether or not we can share your prayer with the United community. 


Upcoming Events


Acts of Protest: Changing the World through Art
Friday, November 11, 6:30-9:30 PM
Reception, Exhibit, Program
Noted Twin Cities artists and musicians lend their voices to the fight for social justice. Join us for an evening filled with art and music! Read more.

Installation of Barbara Anne Keely
Thursday, November 17, 11:35 AM, reception will follow
Dr. Barbara Anne Keely, associate professor of life and leadership of the congregation and faculty officer for Masters Admissions, will be installed to the Schilling Chair of Church and Economic Life as part of the chapel service in Bigelow Chapel. Read more.

Rev. Geoffrey Black on the Future of the Church
Friday, November 18, noon-3:00 PM
All are invited to lunch and an open conversation with Rev. Geoffrey Black, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ. Rev. Black will speak briefly and then welcome your questions and concerns. Read more.

50-Year Anniversary Theological Book Club
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00-9:00 PM
December selection: God in Public: Four Ways American Christianity and Public Life Relate by Mark G. Toulouse. Led by Steve Newcom, director, Center for Public Ministry. Read more.

A Service of Lessons and Carols
Thursday, December 15, 11:35 AM
The service is adapted from a Festival of Lessons and Carols of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, England, and has been part of the worship life at United for more than 20 years. Lunch is available for purchase in Context Cafe following the service.

In This Issue
Alum Notes
Recent Alum News
Celebrating 50 Years
Upcoming Events
United Calendar
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