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United Methodist Church Elects Phillips Alum, Student to Episcopacy

For the first time in Phillips Theological Seminary history, two clergy with ties to the seminary were elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dee Williamston, a Doctor of Ministry student, and the Rev. Dr. David Wilson, an alum, were selected Wednesday at the South Central Jurisdictional (SCJ) conference in Houston. […]

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On the Passing of Joe Robert Jones

There would likely be no Phillips Theological Seminary in 2022 were it not for the guidance and stewardship of Joe Robert Jones, who died on the 86th anniversary of his birthday, Sept. 18, 2022. In 1975, Joe was called to be Dean of Phillips University Graduate Seminary in Enid, Okla., and four years later, he […]

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Center for Religion in Public Life Offers New “One from Many” Course

“One from Many:” America’s Original Motto and Unfinished Project September 22 – October 13, 2022 A free, online course offered by the Center for Religion in Public Life at Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Okla. Instructor: Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend, Executive Director To Participate, Contact: crpl@ptstulsa.edu By Gary Peluso-Verdend I remember 1976, the year of our nation’s bicentennial celebration. Coming […]

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Cortney Lemke to Lead Admissions for Phillips

Philips Theological Seminary welcomes Cortney Lemke as its new Director of Admissions. In her role, she will be responsible for guiding prospective students on their path to becoming enrolled students and members of the Phillips community.

“I am encouraged by the creative, collaborative, and justice-seeking values of Phillips and am eager to accompany students as they develop life-giving and difference-making theologies,” Lemke said.

Lemke says her experience as part of a non-church family and “Air Force brat” inform her interfaith and ecumenical spirit that helps her be a bridge for individuals from diverse backgrounds and places interested in personal and spiritual growth.

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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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2022 Commencement Ceremony May 21 at 11 A.M.

Join the Phillips Theological Seminary community as we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2022. On this page you can view the live stream of the service from Tulsa’s Metropolitan Baptist Church, our hosts for commencement. You can also view and download a copy of the commencement program to help follow along.

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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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