Ever feel torn between fleshpots & honeypots? Come join us for worship this Tuesday @ 11:30 as Susanna Southard explores Exodus 16: 2-15 with a thought provoking homily entitled ‘You’re in Good Company”.
PTS Fall Blood Drive to 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!
PTS Students Invited to Join Just Hope's 7th Annual "Wine for Water" Fundraising Dinner and Auction, October 9
On October 9, 2014, Just Hope will present its 7th Annual "Wine for Water" event as a fundraiser for its clean water, microlending, and service learning projects in Nicaragua. The main event pairs international wines with a variety of delicious foods, with Nicaraguan beer and rum options for non-wine-drinkers. The evening will include silent and live auctions, as well as stories and friends from Nicaragua. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and wine flights begin at 6:30 at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave. in Tulsa.
Tickets are normally $75 at the door, but PTS has received several donated seats for students! If interested, please email Mindy McGarrah Sharp by September 26 to claim them. From Mindy: "JustHope is an organization dear to the PTS community. Executive Director Leslie Penrose is a beloved adjunct and offers regular support to the year in ministry program. Two DMin classes have partnered with JustHope for immersion courses in the past. Wine for Water and Hope is the one annual fundraiser for the organization. Wine is not the focus; rather, working in a model of collaborative mutual international development work, the event focuses on clean water, access to education, and capacity building through microcredit."
For more information, or to register for the event or service learning trip, visit Just Hope's website.
Phonathon 2014 is Underway!
The 12th Annual PTS Phonathon continues! Students have been working hard this week to answer phones and call potential donors. Here's the scoop for the rest of the event:
- PHONATHON: through September 25th; 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!
For more information, please contact Malisa Pierce at Malisa.email@example.com.
PTS to Co-Sponsor Community Forum on Faith and Health Care at TU, Thursday, October 9
Tulsa Interfaith Alliance announced this week that Phillips Theological Seminary and other local sponsors will present a community forum, titled, "The Role of Faith in Health Care Decisions: Individuals, Groups, and Government," on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alan Chapman Student Union (formerly Activity Center) at the University of Tulsa. The Women and Gender Studies department of the University of Tulsa will host a reception beforehand, starting at 6:30 p.m.
In its press release this week, TIA said that the objective of the forum will be "to help the attendees re-formulate questions, rather than find answers. We will be approaching this from the standpoint that faith is a part of our current health care model, and is a factor in decisions made by providers and recipients alike." Topics will include the impact on providers of being asked to perform medical procedures that are in conflict with their moral compass (or provide alternatives), as well as the impact on recipients of health care options being limited by faith- or ethics-based decisions of others. Based on the Constitutional right to make decisions based on one's own conscience, the panel will not be discussing the rightness or wrongness of any particular approach. The dialogue will start from the point at which such decisions are made, and then discuss the impact on health care.
The format for the evening will be a moderated panel discussion among experts in various fields related to our topic. Confirmed panelists include: Sheila Reynertson (Advocacy Coordinator for MergerWatch, NYC); Monica Harrington (Editor of CatholicWatch.org, and board member of the national Center for Reproductive Rights); Brady Henderson (Legal Director, ACLU of Oklahoma) OR Ryan Kiesel (Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma); and Marguerite Chapman (Professor Emeritus, University of Tulsa School of Law). An as-yet-unnamed bioethicist and a practicing OB/GYN provider will also join the discussion.
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)
Library Hours - Open This Saturday!
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 - 5:00
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 - 6:30
Saturdays and Sundays: Closed except special Saturdays (Open this week 10:00 - 2:00)
Cookies and Research Help!
Join Instruction Librarian Clair Powers and get answers to questions you may have about research, citing, e-books, and more! Bring your laptop, iPad or other device, if you can.
Tuesday, September 16 - 12:30-1:30 & 3:30-4:30
Thursday, September 18 - 12:30-1:30 & 2:00-3:00
Can’t make it? Schedule a time with Clair: 918-270-6431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September is ALA's Library Card Sign-Up Month!
For September, the Marketing and Communications department helped the PTS library design a flyer that was distributed to other college campuses and libraries in the Tulsa and greater Tulsa area. The flyer featured the ALA’s Library Card Month information as well as information about the PTS library’s Special Borrower’s Card for non-alums. Community clergy, church staff members, and faculty of religious studies and etc. are encouraged to use our space and collection.
More Fun Stuff from Student Senate!
Greetings from your friendly neighborhood student senators! Here is some information from and about Student Senate.
1. Fun Daze! On September 16 and 18, we are sponsoring a “Blast From the Past Day!” Pick any previous decade and come dressed for it. Still have that polyester pantsuit? Now’s your chance to wear it with pride! Have a poodle skirt hidden away? Break it out of mothballs for class that week! Feeling the need to wear 1st century? Well, it has decades in it so have fun!
2. For those in class this weekend we say welcome! Welcome to campus this weekend and we hope it is wonderful.
3. Student Senate is sponsoring a “who knew?” contest! Every week in the Connecting Communities the Student Senate will have a “Who Knew?” request. At the end of the semester we will collect entries of those that remember what was requested. The person with the most correct answers will win a $25 gift card! In the case of a tie, or numerous correct entries, all the names will be put into the hat and a lucky winner will be drawn from that. Be sure to read every week and find out what wonderful things have been requested!
We are here for you! Please don’t hesitate to talk to your senators; Ulysses Allen, Verla Miller and Thomas Corrigan on campus and Angie Combs, and Mik King online. Visit us on the PTS website, too!
*I thought it might be nice to celebrate the Season of Creation by housing a platypus farm on campus to care for and admire. I have been advised that we are not zoned for that. Who Knew??
The Language of Prayer
Prayer has been at the forefront of my mind this week as the Worship Directors, Chuck and Gina, asked me to prepare a prayer for the Worship service on Tuesday. The title of the service was “Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil.” Thursday’s worship was “From Remembrance to Hope” as the events of September 11, 2001, were remembered and an affirmation of a continued commitment to hope and healing was spoken. The worship services reminded me of the power of the ancient practice of prayer in our lives, and how important it is for you as students to keep prayer as a pivotal practice in your seminary journey.
The prayer I prepared on Tuesday was expressed in my Native language of Creek. I began by writing the prayer in English, a friend fluent in Creek translated the words for me, and I read the translation. I learned that words in English don’t always translate in Creek, and a single Creek word could evoke several emotions. As I translated the Creek prayer back to English in worship, I was humbled to be translating an ancient language in existence before the forced removal of my own Native people from their homeland. A gift still barely present in our Native tribe was used to express love for all of our children of the world.
In the Creek language the word for preacher is “ethkvnvke” (ith-kuh-na-gee). Can you imagine all of the thoughts and emotions one word can evoke when people use the word preacher or pastor in any language? Spiritual leader, chaplain, CEO, educator... there are many words used to describe our roles from non-profit organizations to congregations to community leader. What does the word you use to identify your calling evoke in you? Our calling to minister in whatever capacity is also an ancient practice. Our journey in fulfilling that calling is not one we do alone. I encourage you, as you finish the first month of the semester, to take time to call upon the ancient ones through prayer, take a deep breath, and feel the presence of the Spirit guiding you.