We will not hold Midday Worship Services during the Holy Week recess.
Our service on Tuesday, April 22, will include a hymn sing. In celebration of Easter, we'll focus on people's favorite Alleluias.
Storyteller Don Davis will honor us with a homily on Thursday, April 24, between sessions of the Stacey Pastors' Workshop.
Mark your calendar's for our next Faculty Book Review featuring Dr. Brandon Scott's recent book, The Trouble with Resurrection, on May 1. Remember that Brandon is retiring at the end of this semester, so you might want to make an extra effort to attend.
The Matthew A. Thompson Fellowship for Student Leaders
Each year the Matthew A. Thompson Fellowship is awarded to a full-time student in a PTS master’s degree program, who has demonstrated quality leadership in the PTS community setting. One qualified student will be chosen to receive an award, which will cover full tuition and fees as well as a book and living stipend. The deadline for application is Friday, April 15, 2013. Contact Judy Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
A Note from the Editor
I just wanted to let you know that we will not have a newsletter on Friday, April 18, in observance of the Holy Week holiday, so if you don't see it in your inbox, don't worry - we'll be back on the 25th!
As always, if you have any information you'd like to share with the PTS community, please email it to me and I'll consider it for Connecting Community.
Have a nice break and a wonderful Easter!
Labyrinth Now Open on Class Days
As of this week, the PTS labyrinth will be open during the day when classes are in session. You will no longer need to get security to open the gate should you need to walk the path and unwind your mind and spirit!
This past week's labyrinth walks during midday worship included half a dozen participants on Tuesday and 18 on Thursday. We were pleased to welcome visiting retired United Methodist clergy from the Oklahoma conference.
PTS Welcomes Famed Storyteller Donald Davis for Stacey Pastors' Workshop on April 24
PTS will offer a storytelling workshop with Appalachian storyteller Donald Davis, a featured presenter at the Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival that weekend.
The event will take place Thursday, April 24 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Current PTS Student Registration: $15
Lunch and snacks provided
Morning Session: “Retelling Biblical Stories” - Includes a general introduction to storytelling.
Afternoon Session: “Long-term Preparation for Preaching”
The Stacey Pastors' Workshops are named for their founder, the late Rev. Dr. Norman Stacey, a PTS alum who started the series in 1991.
To register for this event, or for more information about this event or the Stacey Pastors' Workshops, please visit the PTS Website.
PTS Co-sponsors Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival April 25-26
Tapestry of Tales, a new Tulsa storytelling festival, will take place at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church April 25-26. Four storytellers from different traditions will perform over two evenings in the Jubilee Center at the church. There will also be a family event for children of all ages on Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $15 for each evening or $25 for both; children's tickets are $5 with a $20 maximum per family.
The featured storytellers will be Donald Davis, an internationally known Appalachian storyteller from North Carolina; Corinne Stavish, a Jewish teller; Tim Tingle, a Native American teller; and Charlotte Blake Alston, an African-American teller. Barbara McBride-Smith, a Tulsa storyteller and popular adjunct teacher at PTS, will emcee the event.
The event is sponsored by Boston Avenue UMC, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, and Phillips Theological Seminary. For more information on the tellers or the event please visit the Tapestry of Tales website or email email@example.com.
PTS to Host April 26 Seminar on Faith and Money: "Building a Cathedral for Your Soul"
On April 26 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, PTS will host a seminar, presented by the Oklahoma Disciples Foundation, called "Building a Cathedral for Your Soul."
Participants will explore "the practical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of faith and money" and reflect on effective ways to align their spiritual values and giving priorities.
PTS Presents Fourth Annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament
People are gearing for the Fourth Annual Phillips Spring Swing Golf Classic on April 28 at Forest Ridge Golf Club.
For sponsorship opportunities, registration, team requests, and more information visit the Spring Swing web page or contact Judy Krase at 918-270-6468.
From the Director of Student Recruitment
Here is Josh's upcoming schedule:
OTC in Springfield, MO (Guest lecturing course for Mary Ann Morris) | April 21
Spring Feast (Rocky Mountain DOC)—Ft. Collins, CO | April 26-29
New Website 101: Community Involvement and Public Resources
Hi everyone! Welcome to the latest installment of New Website 101, your source for all things website-related at PTS! This week we're covering the community involvement and public resources pages.
The Community involvement section highlights different ways our students, faculty and staff are involved in their local communities in and out of Tulsa. This area showcases the "cultivating vital communities" part of our mission.
The public resources page offers visitors a few different options including the faculty Speaker’s Bureau, recent Faculty Publications, and some recommended reading. These pages will be updated regularly with newly published books and additional recommendations.
That's it for this edition! Tune in next week for the final installment of New Website 101 (which is one course you're guaranteed to pass this semester)!
PTS Library Survey Time!
Look for your link to the annual library survey coming to your inbox in the next few days. Your feedback means a lot to us, and helps us do our job better!
Regular Library Hours:
8:00-5:00 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00-6:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays
We are open 10:00-2:00 on these upcoming Saturdays: April 12 & 26.
The library will be CLOSED on Good Friday, April 18 and Easter Monday, April 21.
Featuring the PTS External Relations Team
On Wednesday, PTS employees enjoyed a welcoming reception for the entire External Relations Team.
Ashley Gibson, our new Senior Director of Seminary Relations, officially started this week. Ashley brings demonstrated talent and extensive experience in public relations and marketing. In fact, she is a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Outstanding Leadership in Public Relations Award. We're excited to claim Ashley as a member of the PTS community and to see the directions in which she will lead us. For more information about Ashley, check out the PTS website.
Ashley's team includes two women who have already become familiar, smiling faces around the building after starting in February. Both have been helpful in the launch of the new website, which was already in the works when they arrived.
Production Assistant Anita Larsen is responsible for print media. She has already designed a beautiful new flyer for the Interreligious Understanding program and is fully engaged in her next round of projects.
The woman behind the camera, most often, is Digital Media Specialist Meagan Ewton. Meagan's candid shots from March concentrated courses now grace the wall in room 302. (Yay for magnetic wall paint and picture frames! Thanks to Staci Copenhaver for helping to make this happen.) Meagan is coordinating content for the Phillips Blog, which currently features comments by Dean Nancy Pittman on recent film releases Noah and Son of God. Meagan is also responsible for our regularly updated Facebook page. That reminds me, have you liked us on Facebook? So far, we have 1,079 likes. Make sure to follow, too, for lots of good information and fun photos.
Great things are happening in the External Relations office, located between the main entrance and the library. Next time you're on campus, drop by and say hello to Ashley, Anita, and Meagan. They're the ones who put the word out so the world can know what we're up to at PTS. And we have stories worth telling.
Thanks be to God for all the people who bring special skills and expertise to the many tasks that make it possible for us to carry out our mission of cultivating vital communities, vital conversations, and the public good!
Grace and peace,