Phillips to Hold Prayer Vigil for LGBTQ Bullying, October 16
Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBTQ youth and take a stand against bullying. Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in 2010, GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit in the rainbow flag. Spirit Day now occurs every year on the third Thursday in October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and has become the most visible day of support for LGBT youth.
Phillips will have a prayer vigil set up in Meinder’s Chapel on October 16. If you are on campus during concentrated course week, you are welcome to join anytime during the day. For those who are not on campus this day, please join us in prayer at some point during day by lighting a candle and pausing for prayer to remember all those teens who suffer from bullying resulting from their sexual orientation or gender identity.
To learn other ways to be involved in Spirit Day, visit the Spirit Day website: http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/about.
THIS WEEKEND: IAF Offers Free Community Organizing Workshop in Tulsa, October 11-12
This weekend, the Industrial Areas Foundation will offer a two-day event titled "Making democracy work: A conference on organizing for social change around issues that impact the everyday lives of Tulsans."
It's not too late to register if you're just finding out about this!
What: Two-day conference on grassroots, broad-based organizing
You will learn:
Who/what are the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and the Tulsa Sponsoring Committee
The process for building a broad-based organization
How to build relational power ---“It’s the most radical thing we do”
How to develop a leadership team within your congregation or organization
What Nehemiah can teach us about organizing
Who: Sponsored by the Tulsa Sponsoring Committee, Inc., an Industrial Areas Foundation affiliate
When: October 11, 1-6 p.m. and October 12, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Fellowship Congregational Church, 2900 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa
Cost: Free. We ask that you attend both days and all sessions
To reserve a seat and/or for more information, contact:
Visit the IAF website http://www.industrialareasfoundation.org/
Please click here for a flyer
Call for Veterans Day Remembrances
In honor of Veterans Day, which is Tuesday, November 11, PTS will create a SIMPLE one-day bulletin board display, asking for prayers of thanksgiving for those in our community who have served in the armed forces and prayers of intercession for any of your family members currently serving in the armed forces. If you are interested, please provide your name, (if you served), and/or the name of a family member currently in the service, what branch of the military you or the family member served in, and a picture, if you wish. We will include the names submitted in that day’s chapel service.
You may email submissions, as well as questions or comments, to Katrina Morrison, school certifying officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hillcrest Medical Center to Host Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Pastoral Care, October 24
Hillcrest Medical Center is celebrating 50 years of Pastoral Care at its annual pastoral care conference on Friday, October 24, 2014, in the Oklahoma Heart Institute Lecture Hall, 1200 S. Trenton Ave., Tulsa, OK.
The day starts at 8:00 am with a breakfast buffet, followed by a seminar on "Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds, Healthy Spirits" from 8:30 to 12:00. A celebratory reception will close out the day, ending at 2:30 pm.
- Nancy Pittman, PhD, PTS's own Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, New Testament scholar, and ordained pastor. Dr. Pittman will be discussing "Healthy Spirits."
- Wayne N. Leimbach, Jr., MD. Dr. Leimbach is a specialist in interventional cardiology at Oklahoma Heart Institute where he serves as Director of the Cardiac and Interventional Laboratories and the James D. Harvey Center for Cardiovascular Research at Hillcrest Medical Center. Dr. Leimbach will be discussing "Healthy Hearts."
- Nicholas D. Gould, DMin. RNC, LMFT. Dr. Gould is a family therapist in Tulsa with a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Counseling. He will be discussing "Healthy Minds."
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Heather Muhlbauer at Heather.Muhlbauer@hillcrest.com or 918-579-6210.
From the Registrar – Looking Ahead
Early Enrollment for Spring 2015:
October 27 – November 7
From the Editor: Newsletter on Break
This is your friendly neighborhood newsletter editor, letting you know that the Connecting Community team will be on hiatus for Concentrated Course weeks. We'll be back the last week of October with a Halloween issue!
I hope you enjoy your time to rest and catch up, if you are off, or enjoy your classes, if you are not!
Spine Poetry and $25 from QT!
Spine Poetry… No, it’s not a postmodern medical student’s fantasy, but a poetry game!
October is Theological Libraries Month. Celebrate by creating book spine poetry with your library books! Stop by the library to see a display of library staff’s poetry examples. Snap a picture of your book spine poetry and use the hashtag #PhillipsLibrary to enter our drawing to win one of four $25.00 QT gift cards! Winners will be announced on October 31. Open to students, faculty, and staff!
Library Research Help During the Break
Doing research or working on papers during the break? Don’t forget that the library will be open and here to assist you!
Instruction Librarian, Clair Powers will be available during the week of October 20-24 to assist students or for one-on-one sessions. Please feel free to contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-270-6431, to schedule a time or ask questions.
Concentrated Courses, Lunch, and COFFEE!
Greetings! Whoo-hoo! Concentrated Course Weeks! You rock! ::breaks pompoms out of moth balls and shoots fireworks off again!:: You did it! As we come to this point, do you have survival tips you would like to share with your colleagues so that they too can survive this crazy seminary ride? If so, let the student senate know and we will share them. Here’s some info from your friendly neighborhood student senators, and a tip from Ulysses. Get enough sleep! Things always look better after you are rested and your work is better when you are refreshed and ready to start anew!
1. Student Senate meetings are open to anyone who would like to come. If you are online, we meet in a Google Hangout so truly, EVERYONE is welcome!
2. If you are interested in finding out different ways to pay for your lunchtime meal, please speak to our wonderful Jules. She will work with you, and is just an awesome person to know and talk to!
3. Weeklong Concentrated Courses: We pray for our Borderlinks class as they embark during the first concentrated week. May God hold them close and open their eyes to new experiences and understanding, and may they be willing to share them so that others may learn from them.
Lunch for the week of October 20-24: Jules will serve lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday (the 21st and 22nd) and it will be a... Mexican Buffet! Friday lunch will be provided by Student Senate, so look for options to be presented.
4. There is coffee in the houseI (Or you know, coffee house, whatever works.) Look for a Keurig to appear in the Student Senate room! It is for all who enter in and want some coffee. There is a free will donation of 75 cents or if you would like to donate a box of coffee (not just any box) that would be cool too. Mugs will be provided, and we ask that you wash them after you use them so the next person can use them.
As always, we really do want to hear from 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. http://ptstulsa.edu/StudentSenate
*In the interest of promoting a healthy lifestyle, I requested yogurt parfaits as snack for students on the go. I was told that parfaits and the insides of backpacks don’t mix without a mess that looks like the aftermath of a toddler birthday party. Who knew?
A vacation sounds wonderful about this time during the semester – a sunny destination where one can relax and enjoy themselves. On Friday, October 10, instead of going on a vacation, a group of students will be traveling on the Borderlinks study trip to a region of the border between the United States and Mexico. The vacation described above elicits excitement and anticipation about fun activities, but when I imagine the destination of the Borderlinks students, I picture a trip where suffering may be witnessed and encountered on the journey, as well as hope.
Tuesday in chapel we encountered the celebrations of the Nicaraguan culture as members of the JustHope organization brought dancing and witness to the PTS Community. We agreed to stand together in “la lucha,” the struggle. Thursday morning, our student Darlene Martinez shared her gift of ministry by providing a Children’s Worship and Wonder service in honor of Children’s Sabbath 2014. Jocelyn Ewton, the daughter of Meagan and Travis Ewton, almost totally stole the show!
As you consider the worship events of the past week and the Borderlinks trip, also keep in mind the word "solidarity." According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of solidarity is "(a) a community of feelings, purposes, etc., and (b) a community of responsibilities and interests." I like the description by JustHope for solidarity: “Solidarity is a mutual commitment to one another’s well being as dreamed and defined by the other... Solidarity is about knowing what the real struggles and joys are in a partner’s life, and making those struggles and joys your own in a way that has real, concrete effects on the priorities you set, the options you explore, and the decisions you make in your own day to day living.”
Solidarity has so many versions: Jocelyn helping Darlene place the items back into the Box of Wonder; women from Nicaragua telling their stories of strength; students sharing seminary experiences and learning; co-workers helping each other without hesitation; celebrations of new symbols of love in wedding vows. Compassion, mercy, justice, love, shalom, hope... perhaps if we learn how to stand in solidarity with communities and individuals with these feelings on our heart, the way of Jesus might include all.