Category: News

Statement on Tulsa’s Saint Francis Hospital Campus Shooting

The Phillips Theological Seminary community prays for the families of the victims whose lives were taken by the shooter whose suffering caused him to take his own life too. We pray for the City of Tulsa that has experienced complicated grief from another instance of gun violence on the 101st anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. We are dedicated to promoting fellowship and advocating a courageous spirituality that does not surrender to the terror of the day or night. We stand and walk with all our neighbors who love peace and justice. We declare and affirm that, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. (I John 4:18)”

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Statement on Robb Elementary School

Thus says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. —Jeremiah 31:15 (NRSV Updated Edition) Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet, spoke of Rachel’s inconsolable wailing at the loss of her children. Today, Phillips […]

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A Statement on the Buffalo Massacre and Laguna Woods Shootings

Today, Phillips Theological Seminary laments and mourns with the communities of Buffalo, NY and Laguna Woods, Calif. Although our hearts are heavy, we remain steadfast in our commitment to counter a culture that provokes heinous acts of terror and supports a claim of “not guilty” with a description of psychological instability. We are committed to challenging oppression until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream” (Amos 5:24).

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The Rev. Dr. Chelsea Brooke Yarborough to Join Phillips Faculty

Phillips Theological Seminary welcomes the Rev. Dr. Chelsea Brooke Yarborough as Assistant Professor of African American Preaching, Sacred Rhetoric, and Black Practical Theology beginning July 1, 2022. Yarborough is an ordained minister, a poet, and an enneagram enthusiast. Her PhD dissertation, “That’ll Preach”: Decentering the Pulpit through the Non-Pulpit Homiletical Practice of Black Women, studied […]

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Special Online Lectures: Black Histories in Native (American) Lands

Phillips Theological Seminary is pleased to announce two lectures as part of The Black Church Traditions and African American Faith-Life program. The lectures focus on the Black heritage and history in Indian Territory, including Freedpersons, Black Indians, and Afro-Natives. Both lectures will be presented on the seminary’s YouTube channel. You can see a preview online […]

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As Antisemitism Rises, Phillips Professors Call for Reading Scripture with Respect for Judaism

“Our students are expected to respect the Hebrew Bible as having inherent value,” said Lisa Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible at Phillips. “In my Hebrew Bible courses, students learn about the history of Christian supersessionism in the interpretation of these texts and are empowered to read/preach/teach the Hebrew Bible in ways that are respectful of Jewish tradition.”

Warren Carter, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament at the seminary, is teaching an upper-level course on reading the New Testament in the context of first-century Judaism this semester.

The course enables students to be familiar with some of the vibrancy and faithfulness that marked first-century Judaism and to think about ways in which the New Testament writings engaged this tradition and its texts.

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Phillips Welcomes New History of World Christianities Faculty Member Briana L. Wong

Phillips Theological Seminary welcomes Briana L. Wong, PhD, as Assistant Professor of the History of World Christianities beginning July 1, 2022. Wong’s research interests include the history and anthropology of Christianity in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She joined the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s World Christianity Unit in the fall of […]

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Phillips Student Receives Western History Association Conference Scholarship

Phillips Theological Seminary student the Rev. Joshua Shawnee was awarded one of two Indian Student Conference Scholarships by the Western History Association. The highly competitive honor provides financial assistance to Native American students wanting to attend the association’s conference. “It is a great honor to have a Phillips student win this award,” said Dr. Lisa […]

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Registration Open for Justice and the Practice of Ministry Event

Join the faculty of Phillips Theological Seminary on August 10 for a conversation on Justice and the Practice of Ministry. This online event features a series of fast-paced presentations you can view ahead of the live conversation time in August. “This is a new opportunity for clergy, commissioned ministers, lay persons, congregational study and any […]

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Phillips Names Dr. Anne Carter Walker as Director of Supervised Year in Ministry and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Vocational Formation

Phillips Theological Seminary welcomes Anne Carter Walker, PhD, as Director of Supervised Year in Ministry and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Vocational Formation beginning July 26. Walker joins the Phillips mission with extensive experiences as a theological educator and administrator. A committed layperson in the United Methodist Church, her professional identity has been […]

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