We are in the middle of a very significant year: September 20, 2015 was the beginning of the 40th year of theological education at UTS. I hope that you will join with me this anniversary year by contributing to the Annual Fund and the 40/40 Campaign.

Donors make bequests to make a difference after they are gone. Mary Goodman, a New Haven laundress who bequeathed her life savings (nearly $5,000) to Yale Divinity School to provide scholarships for African Americans, was especially successful in this regard: her bequest supported the school’s first black students, and continues to support students today, nearly 144 years later.

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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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