This weekend, HUUMS was the host group for the Continental Gathering of UU Seminarians (CGUUS)– an unaffiliated convocation of current UU ministry students from all stages of theological education and all regions of the U.S and Canada. There were over 50 attendees at CGUUS, representing between them Harvard Divinity School, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Starr King School for the Ministry, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Yale Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, United Theological College of Montreal, and more.
CGUUS was the first event of its kind in over twenty years and– we may say– a smashing success. We are profoundly grateful to the CGUUS Planning Committee for making it all happen!
We also want to extend our thanks to Rev. Dr. Thandeka, who led us in a two-day workshop on building a systematic UU theology from the ground up– starting with the basic elements of all religious experience and the way we use language, however ineptly, to describe them. Thandeka worked with us to help reclaim the language of religious feeling so that Unitarian Universalism can fulfill its implicit promise of becoming a community truly fired by “love beyond belief.”
We are also indebted to Rev. Christian Schmitt, who helped us grapple with some of the other “big questions”: What does the future hold for us as a religious movement? And what will our role in that future be as spiritual leaders?
Finally, we must thank First Church Boston for their gracious hospitality and infinite patience. They more than lived out our UU values of radical welcoming for the duration of the conference.
Down dark snowy roads
Our cars bearing food and faith
And other weighty loads.
The abbey waited calmly
There stirred scarcely a flake
Though the blizzard on Friday
Had made the HUUMS Board shake.
As we had long planned.
We cooked, cleaned, and scrubbed
And we all lent a hand.
It was a sort of spiritual practice
And wouldn’t you know
Some of us (see Sean in the pic)
Took on a saintly glow.
That were really quite absurd
Of this all one can say
Is that pictures speak louder than words.
For which Seth set the stage
We contemplated the future of our movement
To take the next step– turn the page.
And of course our day-long workshop
Which made us come alive
Ou r small groups taught us much
And brought tears to our eyes.
comrades and colleagues,
And kept our energy levels up
When threatened with fatigue.
We learned a very great deal
About small group ministry
For which we all are grateful
To M’ellen Kennedy!
And might have wished to stay
We hope you all will think of us
When you are away.
And remember now this thought
With a dose of good cheer:
If you didn’t make it this time,
There’s always next year!
After a long summer, full of travels, CPE and other adventures, the HUUMS community returned to school. The first week back was busy. By tradition, HUUMS is responsible for hosting the first Noon Service of the year, which was geared towards the theme of togetherness and welcome. Later that week, HUUMS gathered together to reconnect as a community, sharing stories of summer, and offering a chance for members new and old to meet. Worship was followed by fellowship outside, where pizza was shared and enjoyed by all.
A few weeks ago, HUUMS and other seminarians from around Boston gathered in Cape Cod for a time of reflection, fellowship and fun. We participated in workshops led by Peter Bowden and Rev. Amy Freedman and in the UUA program Gathered Here, led by Clara Barton District President Justine Sullivan. In addition, we enjoyed dinners together, celebrated two birthdays and overall just had a good time. Special thanks to all those who helped make it happen!
Every year, HUUMS hosts a retreat for all members of the Unitarian Universalists seminary community around Boston. It is a wonderful time to get to know each other better and deepen our understanding of our UU identity and sense of call. Below is the registration form and all the details around the weekend. Please feel free to invite anyone who might be interested in participating. We hope you will join us!
To reserve tickets, please follow this link!
This exciting movie will inspire seminarians and ministers alike to explore the always pressing questions of the public role of ministry and the need to love and heal others while managing our own personal lives. Issues of ministerial boundaries, spirituality, vulnerability and the practice of ministry today will be evoked by this honest and proactive film. Check out its reviews on Rotten Tomatoes!
The screening will take place on February 28th at 6:30pm at AMC Loews Theater in Harvard Square.
The panel discussion will take place on February 29th at 6:30pm in the Sperry Room of Andover Hall at Harvard Divinity School.
The panel will feature the Rev. Marilyn Sewell, Harvard Divinity School Faculty Dudley Rose, Emily Rose, and Cheryl Giles and the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Kerry Maloney.
We hope to see you there!