Miss Kitka scans the living room. She lifts her head and dampens the edges of the coach with her nose. She hesitates. There are so many hands at her eye level! Caught in a sort of trance, the entirety of her vision is overwhelmed with fingers folding, unfolding, aligning, re-folding, flattening, and finally cutting various hues of origami paper. Thankfully, my cat is more curious about the people than in tasting the paper scraps falling to the floor.
This address was given by Demian Wheeler, Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology and Religious Studies, to the 2017 graduating class of United Theological Seminary on May 7, 2017.
You, the graduating class of 2017, will always be very special to me. You are my first students. My father, who taught high school English for 35 years, assures me that you will be etched in my memory for the rest of my life.
2017 has been especially rife with protests, rallies, and marches. Nor has the call to action quieted in the last few weeks. There was the March for Science on April 22, and Tuesday, May 9 is the Medicare for All Rally. There are events popping up across the Twin Cities gearing up for Pride, and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) has been fundraising and hosting trainings consistently over the last month. Indeed with the coming of spring, there is a sense of renewal, of hope in troubling times, and the timeless recognition that in this season- life returns to the world in abundance.
Craig Wright and Dominic Papatola discuss the intersection of art and spirituality June 5 at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
During our church service this morning the choir had just finished the Anthem; with trumpet and organ celebrating at full volume, when a young child in the rear of the sanctuary expressed total joy with something between a giggle, a shout and an Amen!
The Susan Draper White lectures at United were established in