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Stewardship Department Introduces Student Intern

Hi, Phillips family!

My name is Paige Clark, and I'm a Tulsa native wearing a few new hats in this wonderful community. I grew up at All Souls Unitarian Church and went to high school at the illustrious Booker T. Washington.

After high school, I moved to Colorado Springs to pursue a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Colorado College.

I left Colorado Springs last month, having completed my degree, to come home to Tulsa and start a master's program here at Phillips.

I have just joined the Phillips stewardship team as the student intern, and next month, I am excited to start the Master of Arts (Social Justice) program.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do after I finished my undergrad, but I knew I wanted to engage with the religious community in a meaningful way (for both myself and those around me). I also knew I needed to continue to engage in the critical study of justice.

I've done this in the past through environmental, anti-colonial, and feminist lenses, and I'm so ready to develop my academic and personal understandings of liberation theologies and practices.

I chose Phillips for a few different reasons. For one, if I'm going to immerse myself back into religious life, I'm going to do it in Tulsa.

I believe the church is one institution that has a responsibility to dismantle systems of oppression, and I am fortunate to have found these values shared by faith communities across Green Country.

Secondly, Phillips has an almost unbelievable tuition assistance program in place for minority students. I have received an 80 percent scholarship, meaning I only pay 20 percent of the cost to attend the seminary.

The commitment to diversity is alive and well here at Phillips Seminary. Because of my tribal citizenship within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the generosity from a phenomenal community of alumni and other donors, a master's degree is a possibility for me. It would be impossible to receive this high quality education for this price anywhere else.

It is already clear to me that my education is funded by people who want to see this community grow and thrive. That is why I am so proud to be interning with the stewardship department while I receive this phenomenal education.

I look forward to the opportunity to learning why Phillips Seminary is important to you.

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