We are extremely pleased to introduce Rev. Gina & Chuck Jackson as our new Directors of Seminary Worship.
Gina graduated from Phillips with an MDiv in 2007. Chuck enthusiastically audited many classes along the way. Gina is pastor of South Grand Lake Christian Church, where Chuck is associate pastor. The Jacksons collaborated with Kathy McCallie and Susanna Southard to plan and lead worship during the DMin fortnight in January 2014 and did an amazing job. They received rave reviews at the time and their services were mentioned several times during the March conversations as examples of how to worship well in a seminary setting. They’re passionate, creative, smart, and responsive to the world around them. Plus, Chuck is handy with technology and has some familiarity with what it will take to do livestreaming well.
Exciting plans are already underway for worship in 2014-15!
P.S. - Watch for the forthcoming podcasts of Barbara McBride Smith and Corrine Stavish, storytellers par excellence! They engaged and inspired us all in their storytelling concert this week.
Housekeeping Note for 2013-14 Graduates
Hello and congrats, recent grads! Just a little reminder that if you want to continue to receive Connecting Community, you will need to let us know by email so we can keep you on the email list. Otherwise, this will be your last issue.
From the Office of Admissions and Student Services
So, you have been accepted to seminary – the hard part is over right? Well . . . those of you who have a year or more under your belt realize the journey has only begun with your acceptance letter. As a student, my seminary experience was not only an academic adventure but a life adventure as transformation began to occur within me.
This fall, Phillips Theological Seminary will be offering a new type of orientation for incoming students and those admitted in the Spring of 2014. The Faculty and Staff of PTS realize there is more to orienting a student than showing them where to park, giving them ID badges, and introducing them to the hospitality of Jules. The guiding title for this event, which will be held August 20-22, is “Orientation to DisOrientation (and Back Again)." Everyone will gather together on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for a homily provided by our President, Gary Peluso-Verdend, which will be followed by a day and a half of various sessions provided by Faculty and Staff. We hope to introduce the incoming students to the community of Phillips, plus how to process the critical thinking system they are about to enter as theologians.
You might ask why such an in-depth orientation? Because PTS is committed to preparing our students for success in completion of their seminary degree and the ministry they have been called to serve. We would love for each person to obtain the optimum learning experience for themselves as they enter our classrooms. We would love for the foundation of seminary to provide a springboard for meeting the challenges of ministry in current times. Our investment in students at orientation contributes to building faithful communities.
All students enrolling in Fall 2014 classes have received an email from the Office of Financial Aid Services requesting them to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for identifying financial resources. Our goal is to reduce the amount of debt our students have upon graduating by assisting them with grants provided by our wonderful, faithful donors, and to assist in identifying denominational or other sources of scholarships. As you plan financially for the fall semester, please feel free to contact Katrina Morrison, Financial Aid Officer, for assistance, and watch your e-mail for any available opportunities for funding.
May Creator bless your summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!
12th Annual PTS Phonathon
It’s time again for our annual Phonathon. We have some exciting events surrounding Phonathon this year. Below are some important dates to put on your calendar:
Phonathon Pre-Event Fundraising: August 18th – September 1st – This year students will be competing in teams to raise money from friends and family prior to the beginning of Phonathon.
Phonathon Mascot Contest: August 25th – September 10th – 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 2nd – 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!
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Dr. James Finley to Speak in Tulsa
Myrna Jones, Friend of Phillips, invites you to attend
“The Mystical Dimension of the 12 Steps for Us All”
A Conference with James Finley, PhD
Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monte Cassino School, Deisenroth PAC, 2206 S. Lewis, Tulsa, OK
This one-day conference will introduce you to the spiritual/mystical practices that can enhance the understanding and practice of the Twelve Steps. Dr. James Finley, is a clinical psychologist, author, retreat leader and practitioner/teacher of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition. He is a renowned communicator to interfaith audiences. A former Trappist monk, Finley studied under Thomas Merton. He is the author of several books including "Merton's Palace of Nowhere" and "Christian Meditation.”
Cost of the conference is $55 if registered in advance or $65 at the door, space permitting. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information and to register, go to www.jfctulsa.com.
The Fall Semester is approaching! If you are a student wondering what material will be on Reserve or if you are an instructor wanting to adjust your Reserve shelf or eReserves on Moodle, please feel free to contact Amanda Ross, Reserves Librarian at email@example.com or 918-270-6427—or stop by her office in the library! You can learn more about Reserves here.
Does summer reading mean Louis L’Amour or Georgette Heyer to you? What about shifting up a gear or two to our modest fiction collection? We have American, British, and European classics, as well as some fine novels that have been purchased for the class “Theological Themes in the Contemporary Novel.”
Remember the library is open daily from 8:00-5:00 when classes are not in session. And our electronic books collection is growing!
My first Chaplain's Corner column (now known as Seminary Snapshots) appeared on August 27, 2009. Today I offer my final entry.
Oh, don't worry. You can't get rid of me that easily.
As of July 1, 2014, my job title changed to Director of Teaching with Technology, Chaplain, and Instructor in Ministry Studies.
That means I'll be devoting 50% of my time to fun with Moodle, Chalk & Wire, and faculty development related to online teaching. As Chaplain, I will continue to chair the Worship Committee—where I'm really excited about collaborating with Gina and Chuck Jackson—and to play a role in community life for Phillips employees. My teaching responsibilities will include overseeing the Theological Reflection Groups and helping with the new Assessment Course designed to provide support and structure to the portfolio review process. This fall I have the privilege of co-teaching the Vocation Matters Portal Course with Kathy McCallie.
Judy Aaron, Director of Admissions & Student Services, will assume responsibility for student counseling and referral. (Hey, have you listened to the podcast of Judy's inspiring homily from DMin fortnight?) She will also take charge of Connecting Community beginning this fall. Steven Williams will continue as student editor. Katrina Morrison will also provide assistance. They make an excellent team!
After five years, it's difficult to let go of my weekly opportunity to reflect with you on the joy and wonder of the educational/faith community of Phillips Theological Seminary. However, I feel confident that I am leaving you in good hands. And, there's nothing to prevent me from drafting an occasional note about the world of online teaching and learning. (For that matter, there's nothing preventing you from making an occasional submission about PTS-related activities or reflections. Hint, hint…)
My office is still in the heart of the building, right next to the Student Commons, and my email address remains firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your commitment to Phillips and for our companionship on this journey. Thanks be to God!
Grace and peace,