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How to Make Writing a Meaningful Spiritual Practice

Posted by United Seminary on Feb 13, 2017 1:04:00 PM

Every morning, Pam Wynn sets a timer for 20 minutes, pulls out her journal and her favorite pen, lights a candle, and writes.

"It's a ritual," she says. Pam is a poet and Adjunct Professor of Writing, Poetry, and Theological Interpretation at United. "Like liturgy, ritual is an ancient way to connect to the divine. Writing as a ritual reduces anxiety, promotes self-confidence, and increases one's sense of empowerment."

Pam teaches online workshops about writing--specifically journal writing--as a spiritual practice (including one that is being offered this spring through United). Below, she shares some of her best tips for getting started with a regular writing practice.

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Topics: Arts, workshops, writing, practice, spiritual practice

Music Makes Community

Posted by United Seminary on Feb 8, 2017 4:57:30 PM

 If you happened to be walking down the halls of United on Saturday, January 21st, you probably heard a lot of singing. That's because more than 40 people from around the Twin Cities and across the upper Midwest gathered for a day-long interfaith "Music That Makes Community" workshop. Facilitated by director Paul Vasile and local musician Conie Borchardt, the event explored the practice of teaching paperless singing. The group learned new skills for leading community songs to enrich their communities' worship life, and reflected on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

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Topics: Arts, workshops, theology, music

Explore Theology and the Arts This Spring

Posted by United Seminary on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This semester, United is offering some engaging opportunities to explore the intersection between theology and the arts! Perfect for pastors, artists, and community members alike, this is your chance to bring artistic expression and learning to your ministry and spiritual practice.

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Topics: campus news, Arts

United's Academic Council Releases Statement on President Trump's Ban on Muslim Immigrants

Posted by United Seminary on Feb 3, 2017 5:00:00 PM

The Academic Council at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities released this statement about President Trump's recent Executive Order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries:

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Topics: announcements, scripture, hospitality, social justice, resistance, theology, justice, immigration, faith

A History of Arts and Spirituality in Christianity with Wilson Yates

Posted by United Seminary on Jan 17, 2017 5:07:06 PM
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Topics: campus news, announcements, Arts

United Closed for the Holidays December 22-January 2

Posted by United Seminary on Dec 9, 2016 11:43:17 AM

A friendly reminder that United will be closed for the holidays from December 22-January 2. We reopen January 3.

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Topics: news, announcements, calendar

Voting in MN on November 8? Here's How!

Posted by Emily Werdal on Nov 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you retain a residence in another place, we hope you have voted or will vote by absentee ballot. If you have moved to Minnesota (or to the Twin Cities from elsewhere in MN) to attend or work at the seminary, you can vote in the election on November 8 if you have been a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days before the election.

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THE NEVER-ENDING BOOK SALE!

Posted by Emily Werdal on Oct 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Where: The Computer Lab in the classroom hallway
When: Beginning Monday, September 26th and running at least a year or more!

The Spencer Library is beginning a major weeding project which will help to strengthen and focus the library collection so that it might better support the mission of the seminary and the scholarship of the community. By our calculations, almost a quarter of the collection may be withdrawn over the course of the project!

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Fall Convocation and Installation of President Lewis P. Zeidner

Posted by Emily Werdal on Sep 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

"Our Kairotic Moment"
Thursday, September 22, 2016
11:30 AM, Bigelow Chapel

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Greetings from the Dean!

Posted by Emily Werdal on Aug 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Welcome back to United! This promises to be a full and exciting year in academics.

Join me in welcoming our new president, Dr. Lewis P. Zeidner, Professor of Psychology and Leadership. As you may have read, Dr. Barbara Holmes retired over the summer and is now in Florida and doing well. President Zeidner has assured me that the academic direction and vision of the school will continue in the same direction we have been going. I have full faith in his ability to lead this seminary during these times of transition.
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