When we return from Thanksgiving, two exciting worship experiences await:
Tuesday: We gather around quilts of remembrance as Kathy McCallie leads us in a reflection on World AIDS Day.
Thursday: Hope to see you in chapel @ 8:30 a.m. as we engage in a joyful celebration of communion to the music of U2! Guests are welcome to join us for this lively worship experience.
Connecting Community Seeks New Editor!
Though I greatly enjoy being your friendly neighborhood newsletter editor, my schedule has changed such that I need to step aside and let someone else take over the awesomeness. We are looking for a new editor to start in January, when we come back for the spring semester.
If you have good writing and proofreading skills, attention to detail, and a flair for fun, you may be a good candidate for this job (and yes, it does pay)! You don't need to be a professional journalist or have any serious technical background, though experience in those areas is certainly useful! Note: You do not need to be on campus to do this job; a computer with a remote desktop client will put you in business! If interested, please contact Judy Aaron for details.
Enjoy the rest of your semester - and don't forget to send me information or announcements that might be of interest for the newsletter.
Jazz to the World to Benefit Community Food Bank
First Christian Church (downtown) Tulsa is hosting the 3rd annual “Jazz to the World” benefit concert for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma on Thursday, December 4, 2014. A group of very talented performers is slated to offer an evening of Christmas and jazz favorites sure to please the family and promote the holiday spirit.
Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for children. All proceeds support the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. T-shirts and Christmas ornaments will also be available for purchase, and those proceeds also will support the Food Bank.
To purchase tickets, please call the FCC office at 918.582.8237
Reminder: 2015 FASPE Fellowships Applications due December 23
FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of the clergy during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today. Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing religious leaders today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.
The 2015 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 14 to June 24, 2015.
Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
Inter-faith dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program. All FASPE programs are non-denominational and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply. FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs.
To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: www.faspe.info.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Thorin R. Tritter, Ph.D., Managing Director of FASPE at ttritter@FASPE.info.
From the Registrar
Thanksgiving Recess: November 24-28
Last Day to Request an Incomplete: December 5
Last Day of Fall Classes: December 12
Hand-Me-Down Robe Available for a Seminarian
Rev. Mike Albert has a gray clergy robe (large size) he would like to donate to a seminary student in need of a robe. You may contact him before the end of the year at 918-747-1304.
Thanksgiving Recess Hours
For all your research and theology nerd needs, the library will be open 8:00 - 5:00 Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving Recess.
Have a good break!
Thanks and Traditions from Your Student Senators
Greetings! Happy Thanksgiving! We give thanks for you, yes you! The students, faculty, and staff at PTS make this place the awesome place (on campus and online) that it is! Don’t forget that you are an important piece of this puzzle and you are appreciated!
1. The “Who Knew” contest is coming to close. November 21 (TODAY) will be our last one! (cue: OH NO!) To enter, email Mik your list of what was asked for by December 2. If we have a tie, Student Senate will put the names of those that tied into the hat and pull a winner. $25 gift card to the winner!!!!!
2. Holiday Traditions: Student Senate will share a favorite holiday tradition to start getting us in the spirit! Verla Miller shares this:
When we were kids, we did the traditional things. On Christmas Eve, we would always go to church for the Candlelight Service then head home to quickly get ready for bed. Daddy would read “The Night Before Christmas” and then the scripture from the Bible of Jesus’ birth. We would all be in our pajamas and either in his lap or gathered at his feet (there were 6 of us), enthralled at his words, the story, and the way he read. Then off to bed to sleep in anticipation of Christmas morning. Christmas day would come early with some of us trying to see under the tree from the top of the stairs. Never did work. Mamma made us get dressed before we went down. Then down we would go to enjoy our wonderful gifts from our parents and brothers and sisters. And of course, Santa.
What’s your tradition?
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.
May your Thanksgiving be blessed and the peace and love of God surround you.
Grace and peace,
**In effort to slow us down and mediate on our thankfulness I asked about extensions on all papers for all students. I was reminded that eating too much turkey and falling asleep was not “meditating.” Who Knew??
The Rewards of Connection
Have you ever participated in a rewards program from a business? I am the lucky recipient of a Starbucks Gold Card, which I earned by purchasing coffee and earning gold stars to reach this high status in the java world. I am now working toward a free drink or item as my next level – I am not sure how much I will spend to reach that one-time free drink, but my eye is focused on the prize! If I were to really pay attention, I would realize Starbucks is getting much more of a reward from my continued business than I will from a cup of coffee that might last 30 minutes.
Connecting events in our lives with other lives and with creation is often the same sleight-of-hand, if you will. We become focused on the short-term immediate prize or reward rather than the long-term reward, because seriously, it takes too long to get there! As a student, do you have these feelings about seminary? I’ve often heard students say they can’t wait until graduation but once graduation is finished they miss the experience of connecting with the Phillips community.
Connection occurs at so many levels: with those unseen, such as those on the margins; across social media, such as when we use Twitter in chapel; with ritual or tradition, such as baptism; with creation; with God. As fellow human beings, we are engaged in multiple connections throughout the day, any of which could alter the course of life or cause transformation. By learning the art of connection with your peers at seminary, you are learning the ability to teach others about connection, about the benefit to life if we can connect with those unseen and seen. Using all available resources such as social media, ritual, creation, we can create space for a world to be “plugged in” to the way of Jesus, the way of God. Isn’t that a reward worth the journey of seminary, or the faith we each walk?
As our Thanksgiving break is upon us I encourage you to take a moment to connect into life with your family, friends, those unseen, Creator, or whatever resource is available to you. Maybe it’s serving a dinner to those without a home or unable to purchase food. Do whatever it takes for you to enter into this time of thanksgiving with an eye upon the true prize: justice, mercy, love, peace, healing, community, the way of God in many forms. Although the completion of one more paper gets your closer to the reward of graduation, remember your seminary journey is preparing you for rewards extending far past its completion. Lessons of a community have an eternal ring to them. Have a wonderful break, and Creator’s blessings upon each of you!