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Phillips at Disciples General Assembly 2011

To say that PTS was present at the 2011 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) would simply be an understatement. Yes. We had our exhibit booth and hosted our Seminary Luncheon (both of which were well received!), but there was much more going on:

  • current students were out collecting video interviews of GA attendees, so to capture the spirit of the Assembly;
  • Twitter was utilized to giveaway books written by PTS faculty, alums, and friends (while also significantly increasing the number of folks who follow us);
  • 3 faculty members led a workshop on Women and Leadership and their room could not hold all those who were interested in the topic;
  • vibrant ministries of PTS Alums were showcased throughout the Assembly:
  • featured in various video presentations;
  • seen in the leadership of GA through Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, and Todd Adams, Associate General Minister and Vice-President;
  • and heard in the preaching of Fred Craddock.

 PTS was not ‘just present’ at General Assembly. We were making an impact – collecting stories; engaging in the conversations; networking; educating; providing leadership; and deepening our connection to the General Church in significant ways. 

Ecumenical is often a word used to describe the culture of PTS – and very accurately so. However, while reflecting back on our time at GA, I’m reminded of how truly we are Disciples of Christ. As a Disciples related institution, it’s by our very nature that we are ecumenical – it’s who we are, and this doesn’t diminish our Disciples identity, it only enhances it. As an alumnus – I found myself even more proud to claim Phillips Theological Seminary as my alma mater. We are a people passionate about making the Christian faith relevant and impactful in our world today.


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