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Readings on Rosh Hashana: Hagar, Abraham, and the Wilderness

Posted by Max Brumberg-Kraus on Sep 20, 2017 3:36:52 PM

This semester I am taking Interpretation as Resistance: Womanist, Feminist, and Queer Approaches to the Bible taught by Professors Alika Galloway and Carolyn Pressler. This week’s reading concerns the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Sarah is unable to bare children, which is unfortunate since her husband Abraham is supposed to father “a great nation” (Gen. 12.2). Sarah comes up with a plan to have Abraham use a surrogate: her Egyptian slave Hagar. Abraham agrees, lays with Hagar, and Hagar conceives. The Bible then tells us that Hagar “saw that she had conceived [and] looked with contempt on her mistress”(Gen. 16.4). Sarah responds by being so cruel to Hagar that she runs away to the desert. Upon finding a spring of water, Hagar meets an angel of God who gives her an ambivalent message: go back and submit to a life of cruelty but also your son Ishmael will be the father of nations. A mixed bag, for sure.

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Topics: social justice, Theology, justice, faith, feminism, social transformation, theology and the arts, injustice

Don’t Leave Your Trumpet at the Door: A Guide to Theological Education at United Seminary

Posted by United Seminary on Sep 12, 2017 8:58:36 AM
Don’t Leave Your Trumpet at the Door:  A Guide to Theological Education at United Seminary
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Topics: Arts, Theology, practice, chaplaincy, guest posts, united faculty, ministry, theological education, seminary, theology and the arts

"Beloved is Where We Begin": Sermon by Claire Curran

Posted by United Seminary on Aug 28, 2017 12:43:06 PM
Beloved is Where We Begin
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Topics: social justice, justice, faith, guest posts, ministry, seminary, social transformation, students, belovedness, sermon

On Repentance and Glass Houses: A Response to Charlottesville by United President Dr. Lewis P. Zeidner

Posted by Dr. Lewis P. Zeidner on Aug 22, 2017 11:47:44 AM


Many in our United community have waited with frustration as I have struggled to pen a response to the events of the last week.  My challenges have not been about renouncing the events of Charlottesville or the comments of our misguided President but seeking a level of clarity about how we are called to respond.

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Topics: racism, response, repentance, injustice, privilege

Get excited for Conversations with Jimmy: Art by Jimmy Reagan

Posted by Max Brumberg-Kraus on Aug 2, 2017 10:55:04 AM

This fall, United Theological Seminary is delighted to host a retrospective of Jimmy Reagan’s early works and artwork from his most recent exploration of other materials.  We invite you to come be part of the conversation!

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Topics: campus news, news, announcements, Arts, campus news, calendar, announcements, events, twin cities, local artist, local arts, theology and the arts, wilson yates, panel

United Theological Seminary Call for Public Comments

Posted by Max Brumberg-Kraus on Jul 26, 2017 3:13:15 PM

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is seeking comments from the public about the seminary in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. United will host a visit December 4–5, 2017, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. United has been accredited by HLC since 1977. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

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Topics: campus news, news, announcements, campus news, calendar, announcements, alums, united faculty, graduates, students

Students Discuss Social Transformation at United

Posted by Max Brumberg-Kraus on Jul 20, 2017 11:54:52 AM

At United, a key question is what makes an ethical leader. According Steve Newcom, Director of the Social Transformation Program, "there are injustices in the world" and for many of our students "their faith calls them to do something about that." In the following videos students discuss what calls them to study Social Transformation at United.

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Topics: social justice, justice, faith, chaplaincy, ministry, feminism, seminary, interfaith, social transformation, students

UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF THE TWIN CITIES HIRES DR. PAMELA AYO YETUNDE TO EXPAND INTERRELIGIOUS CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM

Posted by United Seminary on Jul 4, 2017 7:53:10 AM


(NEW BRIGHTON, Minn., July 2017)—United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is pleased to announce that following a competitive candidate selection process, Dr. Pamela Ayo Yetunde has been selected and appointed to the Faculty, effective July 1, 2017. In addition to serving as Assistant Professor for Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy, Dr. Yetunde will head United’s Interreligious Chaplaincy Program, which she will work to advance.

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Topics: campus news, announcements, campus news, calendar, announcements, justice, chaplaincy, united faculty, ministry, theological education, interfaith

Will We Make a Difference or Stop at Outrage?

Posted by Dr. Lewis P. Zeidner on Jun 21, 2017 8:00:18 AM

It has been more the rule than the exception through the last six months or so that our world, national and local news has focused on one unbelievable human atrocity after another; with a seemingly endless ability to trump the previous week’s painful emotional impact.  The capstone of this last week was the criminal case of the Philando Castile murder ending in an acquittal of the police officer who shot him.

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Topics: news, social justice, resistance, justice, practice, guest posts, ministry, theological education, leadership, seminary

Video of In Conversation with Craig wright and Dominic Papatola

Posted by United Seminary on Jun 15, 2017 9:30:10 AM

On June 5 and 6, 2017 , United hosted In Conversation with Craig Wright and Dominic Papatola, both alumni of the seminary, who have gone on to incorporate their ministry into the arts, particularly theatre.  Below is the full video of the conversation with Wright from June 5.   

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Topics: Arts, writing, spiritual practice, alums, videos, events, theatre, graduates