Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Connecting Community!
So, you've made it through finals (hopefully) in one piece (or easily findable pieces). Hooray for you!
On behalf of the Connecting Community staff — Katrina Morrison, Judy Aaron, and myself — I want to wish you a wonderful, rejuvenating break (emphasis on "break") and a meaningful holiday season with people you love.
By the way, this is my last Connecting Community issue (for real) , so if you are interested in the job, contact Judy Aaron.
Get some rest and enjoy your time off!
Volunteers to Walk in Tulsa MLK Parade
On January, 19th Phillips Theological Seminary will march in the MLK Parade in Tulsa. We hope to have a large turnout of students and alums to walk with faculty and staff to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
If you walk in the parade with Phillips you will get a black fleece jacket with our new logo to wear. And, word is they’re going to look sharp. All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your commitment to walk and the size you want your new fleece jacket to be. Hope you can come out and represent Phillips with us. It’s a good cause and good time.
Vital Conversations During Advent
The Phillips Community continues to have conversations about race and violence during the season of Advent with leaders in the community such as the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. Such a vital conversation is necessary for awareness for each of us as we discern how to respond as ministers, members of congregations and communities. If you would like to be a part of the conversation please check out our website information at the Public Events and Education page, Race and Violence During Advent or offer your congregational responses and actions at the Phillips Theological Seminary Facebook page.
Some local congregations in the city of Tulsa are offering prayers of recognition and reminder of current events as well as opportunities for education to begin the difficult conversations about racism and violence. Dr. Mindy McGarrah Sharp has brought forth the importance of addressing these concerns, “The anguish in the human community is always present. But when there’s something that brings that anguish up in the public, you have to decide: do I engage?’ Please join Phillips in this vital conversation.
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.
Library Hours Over Break
The library wishes you a peaceful and safe holiday!
The library will be open but unstaffed on the afternoon of Friday, December 19th.
You will be welcome to come in to study and do research.
If you need to check out a book there will be instructions on how to leave the right information about the book for us.
Director of the Library
- December 15-18 — Mon-Thurs 8:00-5:00
- December 19 — Fri 8:00-12:00, unstaffed 1:00-5:00
- December 22-23 — Mon-Tues 8:00-5:00
- January 5-9 (DMin) Mon-Thurs 8:00-6:30, Fri 8:00-5:00
- January 12-16 (DMin) Mon-Thurs 8:00-6:30, Fri 8:00-5:00
- January 20-23 Tues-Fri 8:00-5:00
Regular Hours Resume January 26
- December 24-January 4
- January 19 – MLK Jr. Day
We're (Almost) Done!
Greetings!! You did it!! You might have just one more project or paper to turn in, but for the most part you are done! AWESOME! I knew you could do it. ::marching bands and baton twirlers! Ticker tape falling for you!:: Just a few things before you run away for break...
1. Don’t forget to upload your portfolio project to Chalk and Wire as soon as it comes back graded. If you have concerns please talk to Susanna Southard. (Really, REMEMBER this.)
2. If you have a J-term class, be on the lookout for information from your professors about what you need to do before class starts. If you have questions, go ahead and email. Tell’em Mik sent ya. :)
3. Don’t forget to fill out your course evaluations. It really does make a difference.
4. Be good to yourself! You have earned it. You have worked hard and taking time to rest and renew yourself is good thing. Reconnect with your family. If you feel spiritually worn out, take some time to reconnect with God. Advent is a time of hope, peace, joy and love. May all these things surround you and may your new year be blessed!
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
Grace and peace,
Miracles Take Work??
As we come to the close of the semester in the Phillips Community you can hear the collective sigh of relief as deadlines for papers are completed, grades are being processed and we turn our mind toward the Christmas holiday season. If you are serving in a local congregation as a minister or congregational leadership the busyness of this time of the year is not quite done as we begin our various activities of church programs, dinners, or gift exchanges with friends.
I heard a new concept this Tuesday during worship as Rabbi Emeritus Charles Sherman from the Tulsa’s Temple Israel brought a message about how miracles involve work. How often in life do we desire a quick fix? As humans we do not desire more work to be added to our already stressed life, we do want a miracle which is the ultimate solution to a concern we have; patience does not seem to be much of an attribute during those times.
The pursuit of knowledge to serve as ministers or leaders in a congregation can seem to be a long process. Students sacrifice time away from their family, hours of reading and writing papers, constantly reflecting upon God in creation, and yes, praying for a miracle. A miracle I can complete this paper, a miracle I can magically read this 300+ page book in two hours. Do you ever begin to wonder if the sacrifice is worth the end result, especially in the early morning hours staring at a blank computer screen?
Well, the miracle has happened. You put in the hours, the work, the sacrifice and the semester has come to an end. Perhaps the grade wasn’t at the level you desired, or maybe you’re actually surprised you did better than you thought – count that as a double miracle! The point is to remember this is one semester in a continually working miracle of your calling as a spiritual leader. My Grandmother often would tell me when speaking of the efforts of others, “I guess they did the best they could.” Consider all of the events in your life this semester and realize you did the best you could in a fluid environment called life. Miracles take work. Your work contributes to the miracle of your spiritual setting, congregation and our Phillips Community as we seek change in the world.
Prayers for you and your loved ones this holiday season for peace, love, and comfort. I hope you are able to find a moment to rest from the work you are doing so your spirit might be renewed and strengthened.