71 Graduate During United Theological Seminary’s Spring Commencement

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Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Area of the UMC Featured Speaker at Dayton, OH, Seminary’s Graduation Ceremony

United President Wendy Deichmann and Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Area of the UMC walk in the processional during United's Spring Commencement.

United President Wendy Deichmann and Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Area of the UMC walk in the processional during United's Spring Commencement.

The ‘ends of the earth’ exist wherever there is injustice, poverty, or isolation ... It can be a neighbor, a child who is bullied at school, an undocumented worker or an abused wife –- it’s wherever the Church needs to be.

The Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of the UMC addressed the 71 United Theological Seminary graduates during her sermon titled "To the Ends of the Earth" during the seminary’s Spring Commencement held May 25 at Precious Blood Catholic Church, Dayton, OH.

Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Area of the UMC was the featured speaker at the seminary’s Spring Commencement ceremony, where she emphasized the importance of taking the Gospel “to the ends of the earth.” But she noted that our understanding of that phrase has changed since bible times, when people believed the earth was flat and there was an actual end of the earth.

“The ‘ends of the earth’ exist wherever there is injustice, poverty, or isolation -- in prisons or mental health facilities,” she said. “It can be a neighbor, a child who is bullied at school, an undocumented worker or an abused wife –- it’s wherever the Church needs to be.”

She encouraged the graduates to be witnesses and to tell others what they have seen and heard.

“God will do the rest –- God will use your story to change lives,” she said. “You are called to be witnesses.That is what will perpetuate the faith.”

To see the entire Spring Commencement ceremony featuring 23 masters graduates and 48 doctoral graduates, click here.

United Theological Seminary, now in its 142nd year, is one of the fastest growing theological schools in the United States. It was founded in 1871 by Milton Wright, a Bishop in The United Brethren Church and father of Wilbur, Orville and Katherine Wright. United offers accredited, innovative graduate and non-degree education programs for both clergy and laity. Click here for more information.

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