Read a message and appeal from Alum and Friend, The Rev. Marcia Hagee
Some journeys are worth more than you can imagine when you take the first step. I entered Phillips Theological Seminary to become a better Sunday school teacher. I stayed to explore what the community of God’s people could become.
God’s people are more colorful than I knew before I awakened to awareness of cultural context or shared with others from the 22 denominations and three continents represented at Phillips while I was a student.
My time in seminary transformed my thinking. The deep and abiding hospitality of faculty, administration, and other learners at Phillips caused me to see that conflict, challenge, and change form a portal into new possibilities for living into God’s kingdom right here and right now. God is more welcoming than I knew.
My journey took me beyond Sunday school teacher and into the pulpit. I am now the pastor of a Disciples of Christ church in Texas and on the Board of Trustees at Phillips. My story is not uncommon and a great example of the journeys that you will be supporting when you give to Phillips. Will you give today?
Phillips’ Trustees can serve three terms of three-years each. After two terms, I felt I could not serve again because of the travel involved. However, when the invitation for a third term came I said, “Yes!” In doing so, I surprised myself but knew it was what my spirit needed to do.
As an alum and member of the Board of Trustees, I listened recently to our remarkable Trustees discuss three questions posed by President Gary Peluso-Verdend:
1. Who depends on Phillips Seminary to do its work well?
2. What do these communities actually need from Phillips?
3. How does Phillips know we have done our work well?
The conversation around these questions was robust, engaging, and full of life and hope for the church and seminary as part of God’s unfolding work in the world.
Phillips offers the kind of honest, creative thinking and work needed as our churches live the Gospel in a world shifting on its very foundations. Phillips is a place of hope, integrity, and vitality. I am eager to see how this beloved seminary responds to the questions confronting us.
Who counts on Phillips to do its work well? You do. And so does the life-giving narrative of Christianity in our world.
Phillips needs you! I ask you to make a gift today to support the work Phillips is doing to be and educate change-agents in the church and the world.
The Rev. Marcia Hagee
Alum and Pastor
P.S. I came to Phillips as a Sunday school teacher. I left feeling called to be a pastor and was assisted by donors like you. Will you give to help today’s students step into their callings?
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