Bridging Religious and Cultural Divides

The following sermon was given by UTS alumnus, Bento Leal (UTS’77) at the Bay Area Family Church in San Leandro, CA on Sunday October 25th. Bento Leal is a Relationship Skills Trainer with Healthy Relationships California, a statewide non-profit, non-sectarian organization.

“I am passionate about creating healthy marriages and healthy families, and I teach communication skills including: empathic listening, speaking, dialogue, problem solving, conflict management, and forgiveness skills.“
Bento Leal

Bento has taught communication skills classes to more than 2000 couples and singles at churches, family resource centers, community organizations, substance abuse recovery programs, and county jails in California.

Bento's wife, Kimiko, is a caregiver for retired seniors. Bento and Kimiko enjoy walking and jogging together daily, laughing a lot, meeting new people, and visiting new sites around the beautiful Bay Area. They currently reside in San Leandro, California and have three children, Yong-Sung, Yu-Mee, Jin-Mee.

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Bento Leal has conducted facilitator trainings at UTS in Barrytown in 2009, and UTS in NYC in 2011.
MML Couples Training with Bento Leal        Communication Skills Leader Training a Hit at UTS!

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Statement on Charlottesville by Dr. Hugh Spurgin, UTS President
The Unification Theological Seminary community calls for racial and religious tolerance in the wake of another outbreak of hatred and violence in Charlottesville. We repudiate racism, white supremacy and all hate groups.

Our hope is that America will always seek love, unity and the higher ground. Let us pray for healing rather than condemnation, peaceful activity rather than violence, and love for all people rather than racial and religious conflict.


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Dr. Kathy Winings, who has served as UTS Vice-President for Academic Affairs, has accepted a new position as Director of the UTS Instructional Site in Clinton Maryland. She will continue as Director of the UTS D.Min. Program and as faculty in Religious Education and Ministry. 

Dr. Winings pioneered establishment of the NY Extension Center at 4 West 43rd Street in Manhattan beginning in 2000. Now Dr. Winings will be responsible to oversee developments for UTS at the Maryland campus, reporting directly to President Hugh Spurgin. 


keisuke noda 2 profile smlDr. Keisuke Noda will assume responsibility as UTS Academic Dean and continue as faculty in Philosophy.

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