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“How Deconstructing My Beliefs Has Made Me a Better Faith Leader:” An Interview with Sarah Berge

By | on 14, Jun 2019 |   Chaplaincy ministry leadership Formation Voice Beliefs Deconstruction

Sarah Berge '19 is a recent graduate of United hoping to work in chaplaincy. Her background is in systems and family counseling, with a focus on incarcerated populations and restorative justice. Sarah[...]

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Why Now is the Time for the Religious Left to Pursue Faith Leadership Positions

By | on 16, May 2019 |   social justice ministry social transformation Voice Vocation Discernment New Students Progressive Christianity

Who gets to claim religious values? In recent debates about Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigeig, Franklin Graham ridiculed the religious left: “Using new terms like ‘Progressive Christianit[...]

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How I Want to Shape My Ministry: Student Riva Tabelisma on the UMC General Conference

By | on 08, Mar 2019 |   social justice Theology ministry social transformation Voice lgbtq Methodist Studies

It has been more than a week since the Special Session of the General Conference of the UMC adjourned. The result of that gathering came as a shock to many people, especially to me as I witnessed it i[...]

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Driven by Rejection: Lessons from Mark 6:1-13

By | on 20, Jul 2018 |   Theology ministry Voice Bible

This week's blog post is based on a sermon given by student Riva Tabelisma at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley, MN.

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"The role of a religious or spiritual leader is ...to inspire and create wonder:" President Lew Zeidner Addresses the Graduating Class of 2018

By | on 18, May 2018 |   Campus News ministry graduates Voice Commencement

Commencement for the graduating class of 2018 was May 6.  Reiterating what it means to pursue theological education, the following is President Lew Zeidner's address to the graduates and their familie[...]

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When Storytelling Holds the World: Passover Reflections on Maggid.

By | on 09, Apr 2018 |   Theology ministry interfaith theology and the arts interreligious chaplaincy Voice Bible

A little over a week ago, I led a small seder on the second night of Pesach (Passover). The second seder can be hard to lead because the specialness and holiness of the first often turns into redundan[...]

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