SPREAD THE LOVE!
COME CELEBRATE AND SAY THANK YOU!
On February 9th – 13th , we will be saying thank you to Phillips donors who help make your education possible.
We want to show our Phillips family how much we love them by making ‘thank you’ videos, taking ‘thank you’ pictures and writing ‘thank you’ postcards.
Come and join us in the Student Commons for a CANDY BUFFET and PRIZES.
Students not on campus that week can still participate; just email Malisa at Malisa.firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.
Join Immersion Travel: Nicaragua, May 29-June 6
Plan now to join the adventure in learning and faith. If you don’t have a passport, get that application in. There are numerous ways to explore fund-raising for your trip. Don’t let the costs be a barrier to this significant spiritual and educational growth opportunity. Non-students can join the group for the price of $1,000 plus the cost of the flight (usually around $800).
You must join this class no later than March 15, due to the need to secure airline tickets. As a PTS student, the total cost of your trip will be $700, but that needs to be paid by March 15th through Staci Copenhaver email@example.com. You must also verify that you have a current passport that will not expire until after the trip, or have applied for a passport by March 15, 2015.
This course includes partnership with Rev. Leslie Penrose and JustHope (see: http://www.justhope.org/ )
Just Hope’s mission: To create global partnerships that facilitate long-term partnerships grounded in solidarity, mutuality and collaboration between Nicaraguan and U.S. communities.
This course is an immersion trip to the small town of Chacraseca, and other areas in Nicaragua. Our course will concentrate on exploring theological notions of wealth and poverty as we study intersections of history, church, and international relations affecting fair trade versus free trade in the context of Nicaragua. The class includes pre-tour educational preparation and post-tour evaluations and reports. Prerequisite: PC 550; Satisfies Phase II Area VI immersion requirement in post-2013 curriculum or Division VI requirement in pre-2013 curriculum. Instructor: Kathleen D. McCallie, Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Ethics, PTS.
Please contact Staci firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 15st to tell her your preferences about your departing city, or any preferred travel arrangement. PTS will make the airline reservations and pay for a portion of each student's ticket. Prepare to pay $700 toward your ticket no later than March 15, 2015.
Vaccinations and Health Concerns:
Please check out the Just Hope website for more information about various aspects of traveling to Nicaragua http://justhope.org/. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful traveler’s information http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nicaragua as well. However, you should consult with your personal physician or local health department regarding recommended shots and health concerns. Vaccinations and travelers insurance are at your own expense.
Additional questions/concerns about the Nicaragua trip:
Dr. Kathleen McCallie has been to Nicaragua many times over several decades. If you have questions about any aspect of this travel, please do not hesitate to call (918) 610-8303 or email email@example.com.
Interfaith Trialogue Series: occj
Please join the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice in their 2015 Interfaith Trialogue Series: Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Culture: Searching for Compassion. Three sessions will be offered as outlined below, for more information you can visit http://www.occjok.org/programs/interfaith.html
Session 1, “A Changing City,” Feb. 1, 2-4 p.m., Peace Academy, 4620 S. Irvington – Shifting demographics bring diversity and richness to our community. Featured speakers are: Jan Figart, Associate Director, Community Service Council; Dr. Sandra Rana, Islamic Society of Tulsa; Rev. David Wiggs, Senior Minister, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.
Session 2, “A Divided Tulsa,” Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m., Temple Israel, 2004 E 22 Pl. – Changes can make people afraid and defensive of those they don’t know. Facilitated by Hannibal B. Johnson, Attorney, Author, Independent Consultant. Featured speakers include: Dr. Jocelyn Payne, Executive Director, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation; David Blatt, Executive Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute; Twan Jones, Communitee advocate, NAACP-Tulsa
Session 3, “Moving Forward with Compassion,” Feb. 15, 2-4 p.m., Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave. – Is there a way for these differences to be respected and for a community to come together? Featured speakers include: Imam John Ederer, Islamic Society of Tulsa; Dr. Kirt Hartlzler, Union Public Schools Superintendent; Dr. Andrea Walker, Human Rights Commission Member.
From the Registrar
Last Day to Drop a Course: February 14, 2015
Tuition Refund Schedule:
QR Codes and EBooks in the Phillips Library
If you’ve walked through the library stacks recently, you may have noticed that there’s a square code affixed at the end of each row (right between the call number ranges). This square code is a QR code, similar to a barcode, and it can be scanned with the camera on your phone or tablet. Usually this code is a link to a website, but can also link to a file, or even an email.
Here in the library, we were looking for ways to showcase the over-500 ebooks accessible to our users. So now, if you’re browsing in the stacks and are wondering what ebooks we might have that cover similar subjects, just point your phone at the QR code. Each range of library stacks has a QR code that links you to a PDF listing ebooks which would be shelved in that location. Each document is organized by call number, and includes direct links to access the books. Follow the link with another click and you can be reading the book on your phone or tablet in seconds.
If you don’t already have a QR reader app downloaded, free readers are readily available in most app stores. QR Reader can be found on the iTunes store and QR Droid Code Scanner is available in Google Play. Test your scanner out by scanning the QR code attached with this message, and you’ll be immediately looking at the library’s website. If you have any questions, or need help getting your phone or tablet to scan, phone or email me.
-Zac Thorp (firstname.lastname@example.org, 918-270-6432)
Welcome from the Senators!
Welcome Back!! (and if you are new . . .) Welcome!
Bring on Spring 2015 and all that it is! ::Waves poms poms as the band plays for you!:: The Student Senate is happy and excited to have all of you back and ready for a new semester. We hope that you are rested up from all the excitement of last semester!! Here’s some FYI from your Student Senate.
1. The first senate meeting is February 5th! (Thursday) All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in an attending online please let us know so that we can send you the link. (email@example.com to contact)
2. If you have thoughts on how to help facilitate fellowship with the PTS community please let us know. The Student Senate works for you!
3. Please remember to check the emails concerning lunches for those of you on campus.
4. The Student Senate room is open to all! There is a Keurig and tons of different kinds of brewing beverages for $.75 as well as coffee mugs. (We only ask that you wash your coffee mugs after you use it- you don’t have to buy those!) If you have supplies that you would like to see in the room please let us know or if you have supplies to donate we are open to that as well.
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,
P.S. If you wonder "what winter break?" because you feel like your “class” work and your “work” work run together in a theological hole from which there is no return, you might be in seminary.
The Way of Who?
As creatures of habit we often find it difficult to be intentional, and to stretch even further to be proactive. The response time in being proactive is an anticipatory event, we tend to envision the potential of a situation and take steps to try to direct the outcome; emphasis on “try.”
Recently Phillips seminary has conducted interviews of candidates for two Faculty positions for New Testament and the History of Christianity studies. Perhaps you’ve been involved in job interviews where you choose the right clothing, sharpen the resume’, and study to anticipate the questions of the interviewers. Our candidates have been through Faculty interviews, student luncheons, and presentations as they vie for the opportunity to contribute to the Phillips Community. Whew! Who would have believed candidate interviews would have contributed to the ethos of the Phillips community? As we reach out to those in search of a place to belong in teaching, we continue to study the dynamics of our community and affirm our process of seeking the way of Jesus.
Another major event is the semester beginning for Phillips students. Laptops charged, booklist purchased, old friendships renewed in the classroom, hopes of being proactive in search of knowledge – or just graduating!! Seminary education is a proactive step to move towards opportunities to be the best minister we are capable of being. Our intention is to offer the way of Jesus in a manner which matches our gifts, our voice, and the needs of the world. As you begin the semester from perhaps a proactive perspective, with the best of intentions, or you are simply fulfilling a requirement, let me offer you an alternative. Plan on receiving the outcome Jesus has for you, whether it’s your contribution to a difficult topic in discussion, offering someone to carpool, or simply listening. The learning in between the classroom space is what makes the Phillips Community intentional and proactive in transformation of the world.
We tend to envision the outcome in our daily quests, we attempt to be proactive but the way of Jesus always surprises us with more. Blessings in this time of new beginnings!