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Union Family Reunion

Union Presbyterian Seminary

October 23 - October 25, 2017

You’re invited to join alumni and friends of Union Presbyterian Seminary for a time of reunion, worship, study, fellowship, and dreaming!

Please join us for a Union family reunion! Anyone who has connections to the Assembly’s Training School, Union Theological Seminary, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Union-PSCE, or Union Presbyterian Seminary is part of the Union family. The three day event is a celebration of Union’s rich past, thriving present, and exciting future preparing God’s people to do God’s work. We will honor all the branches of the Union family tree and build relationships among them as we embrace our third century of theological education. Our time will include worship, fellowship, and many other opportunities to play, learn and grow together. Come and catch up with old friends and colleagues, make new connections, and just relax for a respite in the mountains.

Workshop Opportunities and More!

Workshops will be offered during two blocks of time on Tuesday afternoon. If you prefer not to attend workshops, we invite you to gather with friends and family to explore the beauty of Montreat! Click on the WORKSHOPS tab above for workshop descriptions.

Registration Information

For more information about registration and accommodations, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

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Registration Information

Housing in Assembly Inn

When you register for the conference, you may choose to reserve a room in Assembly Inn. It is recommended that you sign up for meals with your conference registration when staying in Assembly Inn due to limited dining options available in Montreat. If you have any questions about staying in Assembly Inn, please contact Susan Akduman at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Workshop Descriptions

Workshops will be offered during two blocks of time on Tuesday afternoon. If you prefer not to attend workshops, we invite you to gather with friends and family to explore the beauty of Montreat! 

Tuesday, 1:00 pm-2:15 pm Options

Option 1: Intercultural Christian Education
Sung Hee Chang (M.A.C.E.’99; Ph.D.’08)
Assistant Professor of Christian Education

What are the best ways to enhance your educational ministries so that everyone is included? Participants will examine their Christian education principles and practices from the perspective of intercultural encounter. This workshop will provide an inclusive teaching and learning experience for all members of church, focusing on different models which encourage positive intercultural relationships within the church and the community.

Option 2: The History of Union
Bill Sweetser (M.Div.’89; Th.M.’90; Ph.D.’00)
Adjunct Professor of Church History

Come and join Dr. Sweetser as he looks at defining events in our history using the photographs found during the research for his book, A Copious Fountain. He will also be inviting those who were there a chance to tell their stories and share what impact these events have had throughout Union’s history.

Tuesday, 2:30 pm-3:45 pm Options

Option 3: Theology and the Politics of Food
Dawn Devries
Professor of Systematic Theology

Although eating is one of the most basic acts of biological self-preservation, it is something many North American Christians do not think about systematically in relation to their faith. If questions rise to the level of consciousness at all, they are often reduced to the impulse towards charity for those who are hungry. We will explore these questions and our goal will be to gain a deeper understanding of the way in which this everyday practice can be a site for the exercise of Christian faith and responsibility.

Option 4: Singing the Lord’s Song in a Digital Land
Von Clemans (M.Div.’79; M.A.C.E.’80)
Associate Pastor for Adult Education at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N.C.

As the digital revolution supplants traditional forms of sharing the Good News, how does the church, in proclamation and formation, sing the Lord’s song? Is community built on how many likes or retweets we have? Is PowerPoint, Prezi, and ProPresenter the new rhetoric? Join us to explore the pitfalls and possibilities of digital life in service of ministry.

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