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March-April 2013
Welcome to Alum E-News
United's Alum E-News keeps alums connected with one another and highlights happenings at the seminary. In this issue you'll find links to news about alums, events at United, and alum resources. If you have questions, comments, or news to share, contact Kayla Larson at klarson@unitedseminary.edu.
Spring Convocation: "The Church's Public Witness"
Wednesday, April 24 & Thursday, April 25

In collaboration with the Center for Public Ministry, Spring Convocation will explore the roll of faith communities and their calling to do justice. Presenters include Sarah Bellamy, Jennifer Butler, Eleazar Fernandez, and Steve Newcom.

As always, Spring Convocation will include many events for alums. General information is below. Please watch your email inbox and mailbox for more detailed information and registration to come soon.

April 24

Lunch for Anniversary Classes 
1943, 1948, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2003 

Preview the Milestones & Memories paver project in the Bigelow Chapel courtyard

Alum and Friends Dinner
The 2013 Distinguished Alum will be recognized, along with retiring faculty Robert (Bob) Albers, distinguished professor of pastoral care, and Sue Ebbers, for her excellent tenure as dean of the seminary.

April 25

Annual Alum Breakfast

Important Update to the 2011-2012 Annual Report

In the recent issue of United's Annual Report and 50-year timeline, Howard M. Mills was inadvertently omitted as one of United's presidents. We are sorry for this error and wanted to include information about Howard and his important tenure at the seminary.


United Theological Seminary's third president Howard Mills

Served from 1983-1987

Howard Mills


Prior to coming to United, Howard known as "Howie" served the United Church of Canada as a parish minister, school chaplain, theological college educator, and in other significant roles in the church. A successful president, he was an honored recipient of the Doctor of Divinity degree in 1987. United described Howard in this way: "During his tenure, he brought a global perspective, a deep commitment to continuing education, a rare ability to raise the image of this school of the church, and led us on our first capital campaign and a major campus development." Howard became General Secretary of the General Council of the United Church of Christ of Canada in 1987 and served in this position until his death in 1993.  


Leave a Memory on United's Bigelow Chapel Courtyard
Bigelow Chapel courtyard
Milestones & Memories Paver Project

Hurry! Please your order by May 1 to assure your paver is included in the courtyard installation this summer.

Leave a memory or tribute to a loved one or special person(s) in your life by purchasing and inscribing a paver to be installed in the courtyard. 

United's Milestones & Memories paver project will complete the Bigelow Chapel courtyard, creating a beautiful, expanded space for outdoor gatherings, contemplation, prayer, and more. 

Pavers are $150 for an 8" x 8" and $750 for an 8" by 16". More Information

Recent Alum News and Events

Doug Abbott announces the opening of SACERDOS at First Universalist, February 17 through March 24. The exhibit draws from work he created during his graduate studies at United, as well as new works. There will be two opening receptions on Sunday, March 3: 10:30-12:30 and 2:30-4:00. Please RSVP directly to Doug at dougmn@me.com if you plan to attend.
Alison Bents had three of her photographs selected by the Twin Cities Photography Group for a special display called "9 Stops" (focused on the new St. Paul light rail corridor). See more of her work at alisonbentsphotography.com.


Ruth Huizenga Everhart recently published Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land. "Candid, down-to-earth, and delightful, Ruth recounts her experiences in this book, inviting readers to journey alongside her on an unforgettable Holy Land pilgrimage."


In Memory and with Gratitude



Leonard Stockmeier (Mission House) passed away on January 15, 2013. The funeral and burial were held on January 19 in Newton, Wis. A memorial service was held at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church on January 26.



Vernon Clausing (Mission House) died on January 14, 2013. A memorial service was held in West Bend, Wis., on February 2.



James Schatz (United) died on December 31, 2012. James lived in Tripp, South Dakota.


Know someone thinking about seminary?
Let them know about these upcoming events...
Open Mic Night

A great way to get to know United is through "What's Next?," a day for potential students to experience and explore life at United. Please extend an invitation to anyone you think might be interested.
winding road
What's Next?
A day of exploring seminary at United

Tuesday, March 12
11:30 AM-8:00 PM or 3:00-8:00 PM

Upcoming Events of Interest

Eunjoo Mary Kim
William Cope Moyers
The Women's Studies Program 
Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5

Guest lecturer Eunjoo Mary Kim, homiletics professor at Denver's Iliff School of Theology, talks about a new homiletical paradigm from a global feminist perspective.

Monday, March 4, 7:30 PM
"Women Preaching: Seeking a New Paradigm"

Tuesday, March 5, 11:00 AM
"Preaching Between the Global & the Local"

Recovery and Spirituality with
Thursday, March 14, 7:30 PM

William Cope Moyers, addiction and recovery insider and expert, reflects on the question, "Now what?" for addicts and their loved ones. He'll take you along each step of the journey and address the role of spirituality within the context of 12-step recovery.

$10 in advance, $15 at the door
(no charge for students)

Sam King
Willie Baptist
Body of Evidence
Poetry and Preaching
Tuesday, April 9
9:00 AM-3:00 PM 

Discover how poetry can become a resource for preaching. Susan Deborah (Sam) King will share poetry that deepens understanding of sermons based on biblical texts or serves as text themselves. Broaden your appreciation of contemporary poetry and see how it serves as refreshment for the demanding roles of preacher and pastor.



Pedagogy of the Poor
Monday, April 15
7:30-9:00 PM

Willie Baptist, poverty scholar-in-residence with the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, will discuss the Bible, economics, poverty and change strategies. Baptist is committed to raising up generations of leaders dedicated to building a social movement to end poverty, led by the poor.

Book Event: Laurel Poetry Collective
Tuesday, April 30
11:35 AM Chapel Service
12:15 PM Lunch Discussion

Honor Poetry Month by celebrating Body of Evidence, edited by Pamela Wynn. This volume is the final publication of the Laurel Poetry Collective and the event includes members' reflections on poetry and being part of the Collective.

No registration required.

Resources and Opportunities for Alums

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