December 2015
Tesia Mallory, Coordinator of Alumni/ae Relations, and Rev. Dr. Steve Gill, 2015 Oustanding Doctor of Ministry Alumnus
Alumni/ae Honored at 2015  Awards Banquet

On Oct. 14, United celebrated its Annual Alumni/ae Awards Banquet. Rev. Dr. Steve Gill '08 was honored with the Outstanding Doctor of Ministry Alumnus Award, Bishop Vashti McKenzie '93 with the Distinguished Alumna Award and Rev. Dr. Michael Bowie '07 with the Effective Ministry Award.
United in Giving Tuesday
Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you to all who participated in Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1, 2015. We received $24,500, and we've been told a few more checks are on the way. All of those gifts will be doubled, thanks to a generous $25,000 matching gift by United's Alumni/ae Association.

"What a great way to honor and remember loved ones and help those pursuing a seminary education. Without the generosity of my family, friends, the donors of United Theological Seminary and The United Methodist Church, I would be unable to fulfill God's call to full-time ordained ministry as an Elder in The United Methodist Church. Although my gift will be small this year, I'm happy that it will be matched twice! What a wonderful and visible reminder that God receives our cheerful gifts and multiplies them in ways that always exceed our expectations. That's my kind of math!" -- Beth Feisel, student
Advent Commencement Featuring Rev. Dr. Kim Cape: Dec. 18

Advent Commencement will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, at Christian Life Center, 3489 Little York Road, Dayton, OH. Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, is the commencement speaker for the class of approximately 80 students. 

Click here for more information.

January Intensive Focuses on Racial Justice and Reconciliation

The Doctoral Intensive scheduled for Jan. 26-29 will focus on the theme "Racial Justice and Reconciliation." Featured speakers include Bishop Gregory Palmer, of the West Ohio Conference of The UMC, and Rev. Dr. Robert Scott '97, Pastor of Central Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO, and member of United's Board of Trustees. 

Read Rev. Dr. Scott's article on United alumni/ae responding to social turmoil:
"Alumni/ae on the Frontlines"
New Degree: Master of Pastoral Theology

United is pleased to introduce the Master of Pastoral Theology, a new master's degree program  designed for students who wish to enter the Doctor of Ministry program and have completed a previous master’s degree but have not completed a Master of Divinity or its educational equivalent. We are accepting applications for Spring 2016 through December 18, 2015. Interested students may contact for more information.

Upcoming Alumni/ae Gatherings

Catch up with fellow alumni/ae and United staff at one of these upcoming alumni/ae gatherings! 

Cincinnati, OH - Jan. 14, 2 p.m.
Armstrong Chapel UMC, 5125 Drake Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45423

Columbus, OH - Jan. 19, 2 p.m.
Church for All People, 946 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

Contact Tesia Mallory for more information:  or 937.529.2256
God's Time for Another Path:
Message from President Deichmann

In November 2015, President Deichmann announced she will be transitioning from the Office of President to serve students as a faculty member in church history and theology, effective at the end of the Fall 2015 semester.

"After eight years serving in the office of president at United, God is now calling me to serve in another path."

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Save the Date
April 26, 2016
United Renewal Retreat
Grace UMC, Franklin, IN
Rev. Dan Gildner, speaker
CEUs available