The Doctor of Ministry degree was first approved by The American Association of Theological Schools (now ATS) in 1972, with significant growth occurring in the number and scope of these programs soon after its inception.

BARRYTOWN - All of us have games, pastimes or hobbies we enjoy. Ute Delaney, Registrar at the Unification Theological Seminary for the past 20 years and a 2010 graduate, has what she affectionately refers to as her “other life.”

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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.

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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