The Phillips Community is excited to welcome alum, Rev. Jesse Jackson, as our guest preacher in Tuesday Chapel. Rev. Jackson is the newly installed President of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves as Senior Pastor of the East Sixth Street CCDC in Oklahoma City. The PTS Board of Trustees will be installed as a part of this special service.
A Message from the PTS President
Dear Phillips Community:
The board of trustees has given me permission to take a 3 month leave, October 1 through January 1. They are generous in giving it without expectation of showing upon my return what I produced during the leave, as would be the case with a research sabbatical. Rather, this is a time for me to catch my breath. In my 21 years of being an administrator in seminaries, I’ve had 4 months of leave previously (at another school), and I did a very poor job of using that time as a mental break from the office. This time, I’ll be mostly in Tulsa during October but then will travel with my family to Antigua, Guatemala for November and December. In March 2008, my wife Cheri and I completed a long-ish adoption process of a little girl (Eliana), who just turned 8 last week. During the months we were adopting, Cheri lived in-country in the colonial city of Antigua with Eliana for 16 months and I made 14 trips. Since then, we’ve visited once, for about a week. We are so looking forward to an extended time together there, doing some touristy things (e.g., climbing a volcano and ruins of Mayan temples), walking and reading a lot, studying Spanish, and being mocked by very language-precise Guatemalans for my lousy pronunciations. Christmas in Guatemala is a much more low-key affair, commercially, than here; we will enjoy that, too.
My executive assistant, Mary McGilvray, will be able to reach me in emergencies. The two vice presidents, Dr. Nancy Pittman and Ms. Lora Conger, will respond to any matters that require executive decisions.
I pray God’s grace on all your work through this semester and into the holidays.
FREE SEATS Still Available for PTS Students at JustHope's 7th Annual "Wine for Water" Fundraising Dinner and Auction, October 9
On October 9, 2014, JustHope will present its 7th Annual "Wine for Water" event as a fundraiser for its clean water, microlending, and service learning projects in Nicaragua. The main event pairs international wines with a variety of delicious foods, with Nicaraguan beer and rum options for non-wine-drinkers. The evening will include silent and live auctions, as well as stories and friends from Nicaragua. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and wine flights begin at 6:30 at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave. in Tulsa.
Tickets are normally $75 at the door, but PTS has received several donated seats for students! If interested, please email Mindy McGarrah Sharp ASAP to claim them. From Mindy: "JustHope is an organization dear to the PTS community. Executive Director Leslie Penrose is a beloved adjunct and offers regular support to the year in ministry program. Two DMin classes have partnered with JustHope for immersion courses in the past. Wine for Water and Hope is the one annual fundraiser for the organization. Wine is not the focus; rather, working in a model of collaborative mutual international development work, the event focuses on clean water, access to education, and capacity building through microcredit."
For more information, or to register for the event or service learning trip, visit JustHope's website.
PTS to Co-Sponsor Community Forum on Faith and Health Care at TU, October 9
Tulsa Interfaith Alliance announced this week that Phillips Theological Seminary and other local sponsors will present a community forum, titled, "The Role of Faith in Health Care Decisions: Individuals, Groups, and Government," on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alan Chapman Student Union (formerly Activity Center) at the University of Tulsa. The Women and Gender Studies department of the University of Tulsa will host a reception beforehand, starting at 6:30 p.m.
In its press release this week, TIA said that the objective of the forum will be "to help the attendees re-formulate questions, rather than find answers. We will be approaching this from the standpoint that faith is a part of our current health care model, and is a factor in decisions made by providers and recipients alike." Topics will include the impact on providers of being asked to perform medical procedures that are in conflict with their moral compass (or provide alternatives), as well as the impact on recipients of health care options being limited by faith- or ethics-based decisions of others. Based on the Constitutional right to make decisions based on one's own conscience, the panel will not be discussing the rightness or wrongness of any particular approach. The dialogue will start from the point at which such decisions are made, and then discuss the impact on health care.
The format for the evening will be a moderated panel discussion among experts in various fields related to our topic. Confirmed panelists include: Sheila Reynertson (Advocacy Coordinator for MergerWatch, NYC); Monica Harrington (Editor of CatholicWatch.org, and board member of the national Center for Reproductive Rights); Brady Henderson (Legal Director, ACLU of Oklahoma) OR Ryan Kiesel (Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma); and Marguerite Chapman (Professor Emeritus, University of Tulsa School of Law). An as-yet-unnamed bioethicist and a practicing OB/GYN provider will also join the discussion.
2015 FASPE Fellowships Application Now Available
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.
Banned Books Week
September 21-27 is Banned Books Week, celebrating our freedom to read. The American Library Association has tracked more than 11,300 titles that have been banned since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982 . Come see our library display of historically banned books or even check one out!
Black Like Me, Griffin
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Brown
Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
Communist Manifesto, Marx & Engels
Critique of Pure Reason, Kant
In Cold Blood, Capote
Invisible Man, Ellison
Leaves of Grass, Whitman
Mein Kampf, Hitler
Nickled and Dimed, Ehrenreich
Origin of Species, Darwin
Population Bomb, Ehrlich
Soul on Ice, Cleaver
You can learn more about Banned Books Week at bannedbooksweek.org.
The Library is also celebrating Theological Libraries Month this October by having a drawing for prizes and serving refreshments later on in the month – stay tuned for more celebration news!
Director of the Library
P.S. This is the number one banned book in the US for 2013, by the way:
From your Student Senate
There is still time for you to act as an advocate to bring awareness and attention to the food shortage in our nation, state, and community. Now, is the time for us to get connected and breathe some life into to this valiant effort to provide food to those in need. Please take a quick minute to read the information listed below.
What Is Hunger Action Month?
September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve it. Join us this September. As individuals, charities, businesses, and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need. Together, we can solve hunger!
What Actions Can I Take to Make a Difference?
By taking action online and in your community, you can be a part of the solution to end hunger nationwide.
Ulysses D. Allen
Student Senate Representative
P.S. I asked about the rates for renting a Roman chariot with horses and charioteer as a way to hand in my papers "authentically" and "in context." I was advised this was not "authentic" for handing in papers to professors, for anyone in any time. Who knew?
Being Present in Our Spaces
Have you ever been in a conversation with a person when all of sudden they wave their hand in front of your face asking, “Hey, where did you go? Your body is here but your mind sure isn’t?” This week around the Phillips community I have constantly heard the following words: engaged, present, space. Each word is describing our location in relationship with another subject, perhaps another human being, a text, or a community.
This week in chapel, I watched in wonder as our IT gurus worked with the Worship Directors to provide a worship consisting of a live presence, a technological presence through the internet, and prayers transmitted through Twitter. Josh Linton brought a message about the space we occupy, the relevance of inclusion in our spaces, and our ability to be open to the challenges of our space with the option of expanding to include others. Presence was more than a view of those participating in worship online, or Twitter feeds; presence was the ability of those participating to engage in the worship, an actual presence not validated through a physical body, but a body without organs. Worship space was being occupied in a different manner than we are normally accustomed, but the presence was the same. My engagement with the text for which Josh offered a homily expanded to include a world I had not considered.
Isn’t that how it should be when you engage in studies at seminary? We have to be present; we have to encounter the readings, the lectures, the peer relationships not always for what we have to do for ourselves, but for what we can do for others. When you attend classes, whether online or on campus, the more you are present, the more you contribute to all of us learning about how God’s world expands to include others.