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Not to overwhelm you, but there are a number of activities here and elsewhere that we're excited to share with you. If you missed the first World Café conversation, please consider participating in the one coming up. One of the comments at the end of the last session was "do more of this!"


There's an opportunity to register for an important social justice class AT NO CHARGE for the fall semester--don't miss that. And keep reading about field trips and interfaith dialogue. Don't sit on the sidelines this fall--it's happening.

August 22, 2013 - In This Issue:

Plan Ahead:
March 10 & 11
Susan Draper White Lectures in Women's Studies

April 30-May 1
Spring Convocation

May 18
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Join Us for Part Two
Stimulating conversation over a tasty bite and connecting with interesting people.

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Thursday, September 5
6:30-8:30 PM

No charge 
Minnesota Humanities Center
987 East Ivy Avenue
Commons Room
St. Paul, MN

It's a World Café! Voices of the wider community are all welcome as United opens a conversation exploring your spiritual needs and support. Coming on the heels of a very successful first session, we'd like you to be part of round two, exploring such questions as:
  • What gives you spiritual strength?
  • When and under what circumstances do you have meaningful spiritual conversations with friends?
  • What online or other resources have you tapped to address your spirituality?
  • Do you feel that you are led by your spirituality?
  • What's the difference between spiritual and religious?
  • What role, if any, does a church play in your spiritual life?
  • What could be the role of a seminary be in an individual's or a community's spiritual life?
Registration and more information
Try a Little Theological Education on for Size. 
Sign up before it's too late! 
If you've ever wondered how theological education could be of value in your life, or if you want to expand your ministerial toolbox in new areas, here's an invitation to consider a variety of great courses suitable for non-degree students:


Sarah Bellamy

Bearing Witness: The Power of Story

Taught by United's new visiting professor of theatre and culture, Sarah P. Bellamy, the course looks at the power of theatre to promote social justice and equity through story and performance. To audit this course, contact admissions@unitedseminary.edu.   

Read more.


 Gary Reierson2

Urban Social Justice Ministry

Gary Reierson's course examines how parishes and local agencies implement and support homeless shelters, prison ministry and food pantries. Learn how social justice initiatives address systemic social, political and economic realities. This class will be held in Minneapolis. The $245 audit fee has been waived! To audit this course, contact admissions@unitedseminary.edu. Read more.



Learn about other courses in social justice; theology and the arts; theology, history and ministry. Curious? Contact the admissions office at admissions@unitedseminary.edu or 651.255.6119.

Fall Convocation
Thursday, September 12
11:35 AM-12:05 PM
Trina Armstrong2
Fall Convocation, which ceremonially marks the beginning of the new academic year, is held during chapel time in the Bigelow Chapel. 
This year's service will include the installation of Trina A. Armstrong, United's assistant professor of pastoral care and pastoral theology. Faculty will process.
Fall Convocation is always free and open to the public. 
"Threads of Connection: Works by Deidre Scherer"
Exhibition Runs September 23 through November
at United 


Vermont artist Deidre Scherer's extraordinary work in thread-on-fabric has the impassioned effect of inviting us to view aging in new and insightful ways.  


In addition to her two-month exhibition at United, Deidre is visiting artist-in-residence from October 2-5, offering workshop opportunities and reflection on what's behind her subject matter and how she achieves her amazing technique.


More information, including related events   


(Pictured: "In Her Room")
The Institute for the Support of
Pastoral Ministries

Group meetings start September 2013 



ThChristie Neugere Institute for the Support of Pastoral Ministries' Pastoral Care Consultation Groups are offered for clergy who seek to improve their knowledge and skill in pastoral care and counseling. Consultation groups meet for a four-hour block, once a month, for 10 months and are facilitated by Christie Cozad Neuger. The groups, limited to eight participants, are nearly full.


Homeless and Urban Ministry in St. Paul: A Visit to The Family Place
Wednesday, September 25
9:30 AM-12:30 PM 
The Family Place (housed at First Baptist Church)
244 10th St E
St. Paul, MN


Margaret LovejoyHead out with us to The Family Place, a St. Paul social service for the homeless. We'll be in conversation with executive director Margaret Lovejoy '00, volunteer coordinator Bob Fallat '03 and Bill Englund '83, pastor at First Baptist Church, about their mission and work, homelessness and urban ministry in St. Paul.


We will also set the table, join The Family Place program participants for lunch and help clean up.


This event is open to the wider United community and to the public, but is limited to 20 people. More...Family Place logo 

Workshop on Spiritual Disciplines: An Ancient-Future Path for Empowering Children on the Spiritual Journey
Friday, September 27
9:00 AM-4:00 PM 
Children can be empowered to develop and/or deepen an awareness of God's presence and activity in their lives. Adults journeying with children play a key role in this process. This workshop is for those adults: parents, pastors, children's ministry professionals, Sunday school teachers, mentors and others. A $25.00 fee covers lunch and materials.
Rhonda Gingrich
Led by United student Rhonda Pittman Gingrich as part of her final D.Min. project. More...

The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue in the Service of Peace

Tuesday, October 1
8:00 PM 
Hamline University 
774 Snelling Ave N
Anderson Center, Room 305-06 
St. Paul MN 55104 

Ron KronishKadi Iyad Zahalka

While only political leaders can create peace treaties, religious leaders can help people in conflict learn to live together. Come hear how two pioneering religious activists utilize dialogue to change hearts and minds in the service of peace. Presenting are Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka, both from Jerusalem. More...

Questions? Call 651.962.5780.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas in collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Institute and Conflict Studies Program at Hamline University and by United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Watch for These Events Coming Up in 2013-14!
  • Events with local poet and author, Sam King
    • Day-long discernment workshop (fall) 
    • Chapel service and luncheon discussion (fall) 
    • Four-session workshop on dreams (spring)   
  • Open Art Studio (fall) 
  • Spiritual writing with Karen Hering (spring)
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