Worship at PTS
Spiritual formation occurs through various coursework, contact with the Pastor to the PTS Community as well as denominational Directors of Ministerial Formation, and informal conversation among members of the PTS community. Sacred space is also set aside on campus.
The Meinders Chapel, the Frank Augustus and Luella Whitlock Vetter Meditation Garden with its beautiful outdoor labyrinth, and the Sisk and Tabbernee prayer rooms all provide sacred space. These campus locations are available for personal prayer, for community worship, for meditation, for teaching, and for experimenting with forms of spiritual practice which may be ancient in the Christian tradition but new to our students.
The community worships in the chapel at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays when classes are in session. Susan Payne, Interim Coordinator of Worship, is always eager to hear from volunteers who would like to participate in the planning and/or leading of worship. Musicians, scripture readers, composers of liturgy, sound/video technicians, visual artists, and other gifted individuals are invited to step forward. We have the technology to Skype in volunteers who live at a distance.
Sacred cyberspaces continue to be under construction. Currently, audio podcasts of homilies from midday chapel services are available as Chapel Recordings. Likewise, devotional materials appear under Prayers and More. Both pages are subscribable. Pastor Susanna Southard is open to recommendations about how best to meet worship and spiritual formation needs online.
For students who are not on campus, online labyrinths and cyberwalks may be a good alternative. Here are two websites that offer labyrinth information and virtual walks: Veriditas and Grace Cathedral.
Coming Soon to a Chapel Near You:
Worship Services in Meinders Chapel at 11:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Spring 2013)
Tuesday, Apr 30 - Dr. Nancy Pittman speaks on Rev 21:22--22:5
Thursday, May 2 - Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock speaks on Num 22:21-35
Tuesday, May 7 - Rev. Ron Robinson speaks on A Place at the Table
Thursday, May 9 - Retiring Dean, Dr. Don Pittman speaks.
Tuesday, May 14 - Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend speaks at the Student Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 16 - Dr. Joe Bessler brings the semester to a close