Godspeed to Graduating Seniors
We’re in the final stretch now, and it is hard, I know! Keep going. You are almost there.
Some of our classmates are getting ready to graduate, and my emotions are bittersweet. I am delighted with their success and proud of their effort. I also will miss them as they go onward in their lives. Some of us will stay in touch. Others will fade into one-of-a-kind memories.
Each individual brings so much to the learning experience at Phillips. You have made a difference here, and you will make a difference in your future careers.
Thanks for being my friends. My life is richer for each one of you!
Peace and grace,
Survey Waiting for You!
We in the library would love it if you would take a look at this survey and tell us about your experience with the library this year, and give us some feedback on how we can make things better for you.
Thanks so much!
Your Favorite Librarians: Sandy, Amanda, Joshua, Kyle, and Lucy
Called to Serve
This week has been a little unusual for me as I attempted to flow back into routine after some time away from work. To actually be in a routine from week to week, leave the routine for a period of time, and then enter into the routine again can be a little challenging. You get just enough of a taste of the life outside the routine that has slowly crept into your life as the norm, so you might experience some resistance going back into the “norm” once you’ve had freedom.
The routine I enjoyed so much to enter back into was church. I missed my church and being able to preach on Sunday morning. I know being a minister is difficult at times but to know I am exactly where God has placed me for the gifts I have been given puts joy in my heart. I’m a preacher. That’s all there is to it. For those of you who are, say it with me, “I’m a preacher.” For those of you engaged in ministry exactly where God has placed you, say it with me, “I’m where God has placed me.” Doesn’t it feel good to know who you are in spirit?
Rev. Trayce Stewart provided a dynamic sermon Tuesday in chapel entitled “Call to Duty.” The earnestness with which she preached was contagious – she is really good! I must admit, I am not a crowd or trend follower at times. If someone says something is really great I am hesitant to fall in line. I recall holding out as long as I could to purchase an iPhone. When I did give in at the encouragement of my daughters I found out there was something to the mass appreciation of such a device.
Perhaps you’re the same. You hear something is really great, but you’re a little hesitant to enter into the throng of believers. I had heard Rev. Trayce Stewart was a good preacher, but I was wondering what I would encounter. What I found was authenticity and, as I said, earnestness. She had so much energy and desire for those of us listening to experience a God moment. I heard a preacher, a preacher so comfortable in who she is as a minister that everything she has went into the sermon she gave. How often does our ministry for God grab hold of us to the extent that everything we have goes into it?
Academics help us to gain an understanding of the human encounter with God, but what individuals want to see from us is an authentic and earnest representation of living the ways of Jesus. They want to see us give everything we have in the moment when the spirit moves, they desire to see us become what God has called us to be. You’re a gift to the community and church — embrace the joy of being exactly where God has called you.
Two weeks left in the semester! God’s peace for you as you finish your papers, feel the tension of work and seminary, and ask yourselves, ”Why do I keep doing this?” Remember that God has begun a work in you and it is good!
Prayers of Peace,
Join us Tuesday for an uplifting worship experience as the Phillips Seminary Choir sings and Professor Susanna Southard preaches!
Dear Phillips Student Body,
Our Annual Community Awards Luncheon has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th. That day the chapel service and the awards day festivities will be held in the Student Commons area. We hope you will join us!
There are two awards given each year to a Master's level graduating senior: the "Community Life Award" (to be presented at the Community Awards Luncheon on Tuesday the 10th) and the "Sojourner Award" (to be presented at the Senior Banquet on Friday the 13th).
The recipients of these awards are selected by the entire student body.
Below you will find a list of the gradating seniors and the nomination criteria for both awards. To place your vote, please reply to this email and submit your nominations to me by next Monday, May 2nd.
1. Diane Burl
2. Angie Combs
3. Thomas Corrigan
4. Amy Grogan
5. Jennifer Harmon
6. Tracey Ivy
7. Furan Jackson
8. Drew Kirtley
9. Marnie Leinberger
10. Matthew Limback
11. John Miller
12. Joy Naylor
13. Summer Powers
14. Sandy Shapoval
15. Mark Taylor
16. Nicholas Van Dam
17. Geoffrey Weinman
Community Life Award Criteria (Sponsored by the Student Senate):
This award is to be presented to a Master's level graduating senior who has significantly contributed to the life of the seminary community. Please submit a 1st and 2nd choice.
Sojourner Award Criteria (Sponsored by the Alumni Association):
This award is to be presented to a Master's level graduating senior who has experienced significant challenges during their seminary journey, and, in spite of this, has maintained a deep sense of passion and commitment to ministry and the seminary process. Possibilities could include overcoming serious medical/financial/ or other challenges. Please submit a 1st and 2nd choice.
Your input is deeply appreciated!MaryAnn Morris
Assistant to Recruitment, Admissions, & Student Services
REMINDERS FROM THE REGISTRAR
Last day to request an incomplete – Friday, May 6th
Last day of spring classes – Friday, May 13th
Last day to enroll in Fall Immersion – Monday, May 30th
What Makes A Safe Space?
In his latest blog post
, Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend invites conversation on the "safe space" needed for graduate theological education.
"We all need a sense of safety in order to learn. But the problem is my sense of what I need to be safe may differ profoundly from what safety means for you," he said.
President Peluso-Verdend said he is hearing "more and more conflict between differing safety needs, and consequent decisions about who 'we' 'invite' to be present, decisions about to whom we are truly hospitable and who we do not want in the classroom with us because of the threat they bring or we imagine they bring."
Title IX Matters for Everyone!
Just in case you missed the email about our new Title IX information please see the communication from Gwen Derrick, the seminary's Title IX Coordinator:
Your continuing education and a harassment-free work environment are two major priorities for our campus, so we’ve partnered with one of the leaders in the Risk Management industry, Campus/Workplace Answers, to provide on-line training courses to help toward these goals.
Phillips Theological Seminary has registered each student for training course which will be rolled out April 27, 2016 through August 31, 2016. Below is the schedule and course material which will be reviewed. You will receive reminder e-mails to let you know what is up and coming.
* Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act for Students, Faculty and Staff
Please look for a registration email from Workplace Answers eLearning firstname.lastname@example.org that contains your unique, personal quick link to access your training. Please do not forward or share this email, as it is your personal link! Feel free to save this email or copy the link to your favorites. This link will be how you access your web-based training which you can complete on any computer with an internet connection.
The training is very easy to access and engaging, so we expect little difficulty with accessing the courses, but please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your participation!
Gwendolyn Derrick, Title IX Coordinator
Phillips Theological Seminary