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Board of Trustees Selects New President

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Claire Pittman Named President of Phillips Theological Seminary Following a seven-month long search that yielded an impressive and diverse pool of applicants, the Board of Trustees of Phillips Theological Seminary has named the Rev. Dr. Nancy Pittman as the school’s next president. Pittman has served as interim president of the Seminary […]

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Remind & Renew 2019… Negotiating Empire: Stories of Accommodation and Resistance from the New Testament

Christian churches have a long record of both supporting and resisting the empires they have encountered over the centuries. Two Phillips Theological Seminary faculty members will explore this complicated relationship during the 2019 Remind & Renew conference, Negotiating Empire: Stories of Accommodation and Resistance from the New Testament, Jan. 23–24 in Tulsa, Okla. Phillips New Testament […]

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Presidential Candidate Selection Enters New Stage

From Board of Trustees Chair Claire Meredith: The Phillips Theological Seminary transition team has been busy reviewing the applications for the position of president. After the September Board of Trustees meeting and intercultural development training, the team met and selected six candidates for further consideration. The trustees on the transition team have each taken one […]

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Six Presidential Applicants Selected as Finalists

The Presidential Transition Committee has selected six applicants as semifinalists to be the next president of Phillips Theological Seminary. The names of the semifinalists will remain confidential. “We are pleased with the quality and quantity of candidates interested in leading Phillips,” said Claire Meredith, chair of the Board of Trustees. “The number of impressive nominees […]

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Thoughts About the Interim Presidency

Phillips Theological Seminary is in a season of transition. Not so much in the understanding of our identity as a school offering theological education dedicated to learning the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital congregations, communities, conversations, and the public good. Or in our core commitment to preparing Christian leadership for churches, non-profit […]

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Interpreting Faith in Public

A few years ago, I attended a conference of seminary presidents. At a workshop on crisis communications, we were advised to communicate with our publics regularly so that, in a crisis, constituents would recognize the seminary’s official “voice.” That workshop persuaded me to blog weekly, a task I’ve done for three years now. However, my […]

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Interpreting the Bible Against the Gospel

An Egyptian official from 4,000 years ago: Joseph’s people were such ingrates. My country took in caravans of Semites who were starving. We fed them. We gave them room to grow. The problem is we were too good to them. They multiplied like rats. Their numbers threatened to overwhelm the Egyptian population. After so many […]

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Deeper Repair

I nodded off in church on Sunday (okay, that’s a fiction, but go with it, please) and, immediately, I fell into a dream. In the dream, I walked into a building I knew was a church. I don’t remember how the outside of this church looked. And I did not get beyond the entryway before […]

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More Fred Rogers, Please

Fred Rogers, known to generations of children and their parents, as Mister Rogers, was a Presbyterian minister. His show, begun in 1968, embodied much of old mainline Protestantism at its best. Without naming the Name, he walked the walk, in public spaces, and taught more what the way of Jesus by living it than most […]

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