We offer our sincere thanks for the faithful participation of the Phillips community in chapel worship. We appreciate all who preached, shared their musical gifts, offered prayer, read scripture, led liturgy and attended the services throughout the year. It is our great pleasure to collaborate with you to craft meaningful worship experiences that enrich our communal spiritual journey.
Chuck & Gina Jackson
Remember Course Evaluations
Course evaluations will be available in Moodle beginning Monday, May 11, even if your professor did not use Moodle for the course. Please take a moment and fill out the evaluation forms. Your comments are VERY important to the professors and the institution.
The evaluations will remain open until the day grades are due, Friday, May 29. Professors will not return grades until after May 29.
Wild Goose Festival
The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. We are followers of Jesus creating a festival of justice, spirituality, music and art. The festival is rooted in the Christian tradition and therefore open to all regardless of belief, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, denomination or religious affiliation.
The festival is July 9-12 at Hot Springs Campground in North Carolina. Youth, students, seminarians, and seniors are eligible for special ticket prices. All tickets include on-site primitive campsites. (Campsites are first-come, first-served.) See wildgoosefestival.org for tickets and information.
The theme for this year is "Blessed are the Peacemakers." From Ferguson to Pakistan, 2014 was a year full of angst and strife around the world and in our communities. The festival will cover a wide range of topics, but the focus will be on reaffirming our place as people of peace.
In addition to being a venue for notable bands, high-profile speakers, and a warm, welcoming community, Wild Goose seeks to be a place that inspires justice and activism. At a typical day at the festival, an attendee might take in a main stage performance, a conversation with a screenwriter and director, a faith dialogue, and dozens of open air conversations under trees, around drinks, and at their campsites.
The atmosphere intentionally lowers class and social barriers, creating free interaction between even the most accomplished speakers and attendees. You are invited to come talk, listen, eat, and camp together as we who are captivated by the story of Jesus celebrate the rich learning of community, remembering that none of us by ourselves can understand all that is God.
These four days are a refreshing investment in how we relate to each other as human beings, how we care for the earth, how we live peace on the planet, and how we reduce violence in our lives and communities.
CPE Program Has Summer Openings
Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa has openings in its Clinical Pastoral Education program for the summer. Interested students should contact Jacob George at 918-579-6230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Seminary credit is available.
Summer Hours; Survey Still Open!
Phillips Student Library Survey – Still Open for one more week!
Thank you so much to those who have already filled out our survey. Your feedback means a lot to us, and helps us do our job better.
Summer Library Hours:
This summer the library has different hours. During weeks when we have concentrated courses we will be open Monday-Thursday from 8-6:30, and Friday from 8-5.
When there are no classes we will be open from 8-5.
The library is closed when Phillips is closed on Memorial Day. This year, Independence Day is on a Saturday, so our hours will not be affected.
The Changing Landscape
Through my office window, I have been observing the lawn service revitalizing the landscape in the front of the seminary. I saw huge stones and a giant tree stump dug out of the ground to be hauled away by a small tractor. The workers moved swiftly, often breaking out in song. My view now has a small evergreen type of tree or shrub and pink roses. I never knew the landscape could change so quickly!
Landscape is not the only thing changing quickly around the seminary. As the last week of the semester wrapped up, I noticed a change from Monday to Thursday. Monday the atmosphere seemed to reverberate with the tension of the last items needing to be done to close out the semester, and each day I have seen the tension become less and less. Mik King, a graduating student, preached on Tuesday about encounters with the Divine, and how sometimes those around us aren’t as excited as we are when we’ve had an epiphany. I wonder how many people will understand our sheer delight in the completion of a paper, the submission of the final grades, or the joy we have in the celebration of our awards luncheon.
As I watched Mik deliver her message, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of joy at her accomplishment of graduating from seminary. On Thursday, Gary Peluso-Verdend spoke of how we could see the challenges of the church today as opportunities to be creative in ministry and faith leadership. Hearing Gary’s message I thought, “Watch out, world, here comes Mik. Watch out world, here comes the Phillips graduating class of 2015!” And guess what? We have more students graduating next year! Yep, the landscape is definitely going to change.
We celebrated our Awards Luncheon on Thursday with students from France, Belgium, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, and many other locations, who have invested in a seminary education because they see a world in need of revitalizing. Some were with us via the Internet. When I was a student, we were just beginning the online coursework. My, how the landscape has changed! During the luncheon, alumni from the class of 1955, donors, faculty, and staff sat with the soon-to-be graduates—a community coming together to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, the epiphany of their ministry, their encounter with God.
I think this is the one time, seminarians, you can say for sure, we get your encounter with the Divine, and it couldn’t be more wonderful. We break out in song because we know the great work you have been called to do is going to cause the landscape to look different. I can’t wait to look out my window one day to see how you have bloomed in the world. Have a wonderful summer, Phillips Community!