OCCJ 2017 Trialogue Series
The Oklahoma Center for Community Justice presents its annual public trialogue series on "The Struggle for Compassion." The final session is this Sunday. It's free and open to the public.
2 to 4 pm
What would comprise a compassionate
budget for the state of Oklahoma?
What is your role in creating a more
Jewish Federation of Tulsa
2021 E 71st St, Tulsa OK
Featured Speakers: David Blatt and Drew Diamond
Lunch with Board of TrusteesNext Tuesday, February 21, the Phillips Board of Trustees will be meeting on campus. All students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Trustees for a FREE lunch at 12 pm in the Student Commons. Lunch will be catered by a local Tulsa eatery, Arizona Mexican Restaurant, an establishment that utilizes local Oklahoma dairy products. No RSVP necessary.
Miss Chapel? No problem!
Chapel podcasts are available from 2009 to present on the seminary's website. Listen here. These podcasts can assist all students stay connected to the heart of Phillips when not on campus or unable to attend services or activities.
Chapel Schedule for February
| Feb 21|| ||Grayson Lucky|
| Feb 28 || ||Amy Venable |
'Sacred Choices' Screening at Phillips
The Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (OKRCRC) is hosting a screening and discussion of the video, Sacred Choices Feb 23 at 6:30 pm in the Phillips Meinder's Chapel.
The video tells the painful history of women killed in the pre-Roe v. Wade period and includes segments on clinic violence. It opens and closes with strong scenes from the April 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington. It also features pro-choice testimony from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim scholars.
Contact Kurt Gwartney (OKRCRC board member) for more information.
New Matthew Thompson Fellowship Awards PlaqueThe Matthew A. Thompson Fellowship is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated remarkable leadership in the their community in honor of Phillip's Allum Matthew Thompson. All recipients are now recorded on a plaque in the Student Commons. Be sure to take a peek next time you are on campus!
NEW Remote Classroom & Meeting App
Phillips is moving away from AdobeConnect as our remote classroom application to a new product called Zoom. Among the new features available, Zoom allows students to have accounts to facilitate group collaboration on projects or one on one communication with the professors from any location with internet access.
If you are in one of our distance learning classes, it is not necessary to have an account to participate in the class. Your professor will email you a meeting invitation that will include the link to the class. All you need to do is click on the link to launch the class.
If you are interested in a free account, you can go to our Zoom website ptstulsa.zoom.us. Click on the Signup Free link and use your @student.ptstulsa.edu email account. You will get a free basic account that provides the ability to collaborate with fellow students and faculty.
Contact Garry Cook with Zoom related questions.
Phillips Study Tips
Graduate study requires A LOT of reading! Here are a few suggestions that may help:
How to Time Manage:
- Block off specific time off on your calendar for reading.
- Use your phone’s stop watch and track how long it takes you to read 10 pages. Now you can accurately calculate how long your reading for the week will take you.
- At the beginning of each week, divide and schedule the number of pages you must read each day to stay on track. (For example, if you have 100 pages to read and three days during the week to read, pace yourself to cover 30-35 pages each day).
How to Read Proficiently
- Start by reading each heading, then the first and last paragraph of each section.
- Then go back and read the portions that seems most significant and pertinent.
- To assist with comprehension, write a summary sentence after each section.
- Take notes and log page numbers as you read (this is really important when it comes time to cite work for a paper!)
Phillips Fleece Jackets!There are a limited number of fleece Phillips Seminary logo jackets available in the seminary relations office. The jackets are $35 each. See Adam Miller to purchase your jacket while they last.
Tuition Refund Policy for Spring 2017
Once a completed Drop Slip is returned to the Registrar's Office, the refund schedule is as follows:
First Week | || |Jan 30- Feb 4 2017 | || |100%
|Second Week||Feb 6- Feb 11 2017|| 80%|
|Third Week|| ||Feb 13- Feb 18 2017|| || 50%|
|Fourth Week|| ||After Feb 18 2017|| || None|
*All fees are non-refundable after the first week of class.
News from the Library
Welcome to the fourth week of classes! The library will be open this Saturday, Feb 18 from 10 am-2 pm. Find our contact information and hours of operation on the Phillips website:
About the Library
Call anytime: 918.270.6437
Meet our newest librarian, Buttercup the Guinea. Long beloved by our Cataloging Department, and therefore by the rest of us, Buttercup will now be recommending hard-copy books for your benefit. This week:
Rare Book Collection News
Tours of Echoes of the Reformation, a rare books exhibit celebrating 500 years of reformation, continue through November 1, 2017.
Please contact Joshua Shawnee to schedule your visit today or call 918.270.6433
Weekly Library eBook Feature
Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion
By Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
In recent years, North American and European nations have sought to legally remake religion in other countries through an unprecedented array of international initiatives. Policymakers have rallied around the notion that the fostering of religious freedom, interfaith dialogue, religious tolerance, and protections for religious minorities are the keys to combating persecution and discrimination. Beyond Religious Freedom persuasively argues that these initiatives create the very social tensions and divisions they are meant to overcome.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd looks at three critical channels of state-sponsored intervention: international religious freedom advocacy, development assistance and nation building, and international law. She shows how these initiatives make religious difference a matter of law, resulting in a divide that favors forms of religion authorized by those in power and excludes other ways of being and belonging. In exploring the dizzying power dynamics and blurred boundaries that characterize relations between "expert religion," "governed religion," and "lived religion," Hurd charts new territory in the study of religion in global politics.
A forceful and timely critique of the politics of promoting religious freedom, Beyond Religious Freedom provides new insights into today's most pressing dilemmas of power, difference, and governance.
Review from: Presbyterian Publishing Corp.
Black History Month: Vernon Johns
Vernon Johns (1892-1965) was born in Darlington Heights, Virginia, and he earned his divinity degree from Oberlin College. A brilliant thinker, Vernon Johns was a pastor and activist who was the predecessor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Johns could speak and read multiple languages, being particularly fond of Greek, and was known to recite lengthy literary and scriptural passages at will as he had a photographic memory.
Johns as a community activist helped African-American girls who had been raped by white men accuse their attackers to the authorities. His niece, Barbara Johns, who lived with his immediate family for a time, was also at the helm of one of the suits involved in the historical 1954 Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case. Vernon Johns was also involved in desegregation work, refusing to comply with racist bus policies and at one point ordering a sandwich and drink from a white restaurant, being chased out practically by gunpoint.
Gwen Derrick, Student Senate Member
Richard D. Greene Memorial Lecture
University Congregational Church and College Hill United Methodist Church, both in Wichita, Kansas are delighted to announce they are hosting Rachel Held Evans, a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger who writes about faith, doubt and life in the Bible Belt.
Her books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). Tickets are $20 each or $50 for all three, purchase them online here.