Come one, come all, to worship at the fair! Choose chapel this Tuesday as we gather in county fair style to hear an old-time stump preacher (Richard Ward) deliver the good news!
Hope to see you in chapel on Tuesday at 11:30!
Chuck & Gina
PTS Fall Blood Drive Will Honor Dennis Smith
This fall our PTS Blood Drive will be in honor of Dennis Smith, our beloved faculty member who is currently in isolation at MD Anderson as he battles acute myeloid leukemia. We currently have 15 reserved donor slots and can also accommodate more walk-ins as time allows. (Reserved slots will be honored first). Eleven PTS faculty/staff have already indicated they are planning to donate. If we have previous indication that there will be more than 18 donors, the Red Cross will provide additional staff.
The date is Thursday, September 18th; the time is 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; the place is the Tabbernee Conference Center.
No matter what time you donate, also please come to the Tabbernee Conference Center between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Meagan Ewton, Digital Media Specialist, will be on hand to videotape donors and allow them to express words of encouragement to Dennis. We will then send the videotape to Dennis to let him know we are all thinking of him and doing what we can to bolster his spirits.
To sign up, please call me so we can reserve a convenient time for you!
Tulsa Churches to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Justice, Sunday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil for Justice
Several Tulsa area churches have partnered to hold a Candlelight Vigil for Justice in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Faith leaders will call those gathered into greater awareness of the issues at stake for communities wrestling with questions of systemic injustice that arise after news of yet another deadly shooting of an unarmed black man. The public is encouraged to attend the vigil and come together in solidarity through prayer and reflection for the hope of justice in the midst of difficult conversations.
Sponsoring Churches and Organizations
Metropolitan Baptist Church
All Souls Unitarian Church
First Baptist of North Tulsa
Calvary Baptist Church in Sapulpa
World One for Christ Family Life Ministries
Fellowship Congregational Church
Bethany Christian Church
Phillips Theological Seminary
Tulsa Interfaith Alliance
The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1228 West Apache | Tulsa, OK 74127
Sunday, August 31st at 6:00 p.m.
For more information contact
Metropolitan Baptist Church at 918-991-6815
Pete Rollins to Perform in Tulsa on Friday, September 5
Writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker Pete Rollins will perform on Friday, September 5 at Foolish Things Coffee, 1001 S. Main in downtown Tulsa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Pete will go on at 7:30. The event will also feature The Palmers performing music and artist-in-residence Michael Volpicell, who will have a special opportunity for those in attendance to have their name become a part of an original drawing of Pete to commemorate the evening.
Tickets are $25 after September 1 and $30 at the door. In the event that ticket revenue exceeds expenses, the funds will be donated to the John 3:16 Mission in Tulsa.
From the event page: "Join us for an evening of incendiary reflection and conversation as Peter Rollins interrogates how we might cultivate life-giving, transformative zones that challenge social, political and religious oppression. By employing the figures of the Trickster and the Fool Peter will explore how we might engage in truly subversive acts, acts that operate in the name of life, liberation and lasting change."
To buy tickets or for more information about Peter Rollins or this event, please visit the event page or contact PTS alum Tom Ingram, the event coordinator, at email@example.com.
PTS students get a 25% discount by entering "PTS" in the discount code box.
Phonathon 2014 is Underway!
It’s time for our 12th Annual Phonathon! We have some exciting events surrounding Phonathon this year. Some important dates have changed so please update your calendar:
- Phonathon Pre-Event Fundraising: August 18th – This year students are competing in teams to raise money from friends and family prior to the beginning of Phonathon. The students have raised over $2,000 so far! Our goal is $6,800.
- Phonathon County Fair Kick-Off Party: September 2nd – (11:30 – 1:00) be prepared for games, prizes, food, and fellowship. We will party in the QT Commons.
- Phonathon Mascot Contest: August 25th – VOTE NOW! Five Phillips employees will be competing to win the honor of being the Phonathon Mascot (the winner will dress up in their costume of choice). Faculty, staff, and students will donate change to determine the winner.
- PHONATHON: September 9th – September 25th - the calling times will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will be calling our friends, donor, and alumnae to raise funds for student support and scholarships. If you receive any financial assistance via scholarships, it is IMPERATIVE that you volunteer so we can continue to raise the funds to offer you that assistance.
- Phonathon County Fair Celebration Party: September 25th – (11:30 – 1:00) be prepared for games, prizes, food, and fellowship. The Phonathon Mascot will be announced at this event.
Watch Connecting Community and your email for more details regarding the big events!
For more information, please contact Malisa Pierce at Malisa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems to Speak on Gender and the Bible, November 13 in OKC
On Thursday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems will speak on Gender and the Bible at Oklahoma City University in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, NW 23rd & Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106. The lecture will take place in the sanctuary, and will be followed by a conversation at 2:30 p.m. in the Watson Lounge.
As a bonus event, on November 12 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Weems will speak on the topic Gender and the Church at Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church, 801 NE 5th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73104. This event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Institute for Biblical Literacy.
Rev. Dr. Weems is a biblical scholar, an academic administrator, a writer, a blogger, an ordained minister, and a public intellectual whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives make her a much sought after writer and speaker. Upon her graduation in 1989 from Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Weems became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Old Testament. She is the author of several widely-acclaimed books on women's spirituality and wholeness including the influential Just A Sister Away. She currently serves as Vice-President and Academic Dean at American Baptist College in Nashville.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 405-208-5484 or click here.
From the Registrar
Last Day to Drop a Course: September 12, 2014
Tuition Refund Schedule:
- August 25-29: 100%
- September 1-5: 80%
- September 8-12: 50%
- After September 12: None (Withdrawal)
Welcome new students and veterans to the fall semester! The library is here to take care of your academic resource needs: books, articles, strategies... we can help you get set up with everything you need. Visit us in person or online. (918) 270-6437. Don’t lose that number...
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 - 5:00
- Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 - 6:30
- Saturdays and Sundays: Closed except special Saturdays
- Saturday, September 6: 10:00 - 2:00
- Saturday, September 13: 10:00 -2:00
The library will be closed on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day.
Director of the Library
Greetings from Your Student Senate!
Whoo-Hoo! First week done! *Waves poms-poms wildly as fireworks explode overhead and the brass band plays for all of you; the students, staff, faculty and your support network!* On behalf of the student senate, welcome to Fall 2014! Y’all rock!
Just a bit of info from your friendly neighborhood student senators...
- The Student Senate works for you. We are the liaison for students. If you have comments or concerns about the community life of PTS please let us know. We want to work with you and our staff and faculty to have the best community life we can here.** Fellowship? Food? Frivolity? We want to support you as you wrestle with questions of faith and academic course work. Please don’t hesitate to talk to your senators: Angie Combs, Ulysses Allen, Peggy Catron-Ping, Thomas Corrigan, Verla Miller, and Mik King. Check us out at http://ptstulsa.edu/StudentSenate.
- The Student Senate room is open to everyone!! Feel free to use it as a place of work or fellowship. There should be office supplies (stapler, pens, etc.) that you can use if needed. There are books in there that are free to you. It is the book version of leave a penny/take a penny at the convenience store. If you have books you would like to donate, the room (and your fellow students) would love it.
Prayers and blessings as you begin this new semester!
Your faithful servant,
**I have been advised that a chocolate fountain every week during lunch is not really feasible. Who knew?
Have you noticed that when we intentionally seek goodness in life, we will often find it, sometimes in the most bizarre manner to our human thinking? As a former Phillips student, I didn’t enter into seminary with the expectation of transformation, much less the expectation of goodness (other than an acceptable grade at the conclusion of a course, if I were to be so lucky). But when we engage in the journey of seminary, our realizations change. We begin to have the expectation that, no matter how difficult the material for discussion and reflection, goodness will happen in the form of transformation, maybe within yourself. How bizarre!
For the Faculty and Staff of Phillips, our journey of the new academic year began with New Student Orientation as we held the first-ever three-day orientation. We had worship, workshops, food, dialogue, and most of all, community. The planning team for orientation brainstormed what could be the most beneficial information for our new students in moving toward their successful completion of seminary. Consistently, the group noted that it was essential to understand the Phillips community. As the orientation concluded Friday afternoon, our Faculty and Staff expressed many celebrations of joy. I realized that while we had entered into orientation hoping to offer new students the potential of transformation in the Phillips community, in the process, our community had been transformed by these students’ decisions to step out of a comfortable place to accept a call. Your individual willingness to follow your calling has a far-reaching effect.
We often believe transformation must be a mass populace event in order to be meaningful, but if you listen to the homily from Chapel this first week of class, offered by our seminary President, Gary Peluso-Verdend, you will hear examples of transformation occurring in a single individual which had far-reaching effects. What would our community and world look like today if individuals had not responded to God’s call to journey forward out of a place of comfort to a place known only to God? As I listen to the laughter and discussion in the hallways this week, my heart is glad to know our students have responded to the call of God, and I am again experiencing goodness at seminary.