Remind & Renew

Throughout history, Christian churches have deliberated on the definition of justice in the context of Christianity. Two Phillips Theological Seminary faculty members, Dr. Ellen Blue and Dr. Richard Ward, will explore the relationship between the two during the 2020 Remind & Renew conference, At the Intersection of Jesus and Justice, Jan. 23–24 in Tulsa, Okla.

The Rev. Alexis Carter Thomas will host a Women in Leadership workshop on Jan. 23rd and will preach for Remind & Renew 2020. In a special evening event, Dr. Charles Kimball will present a talk on Jan. 23 in the evening.

Registration for Remind & Renew 2020 is open. CLICK TO REGISTER

Lodging can be booked at a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Tulsa. CLICK HERE TO BOOK. Hampton Inn & Suites is located at 3418 South 79th E. Ave in Tulsa, OK.

Event Code of Conduct

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The Seminary has taken care to write policies to frame spaces for harassment-free learning. See the anti-discrimination statements, the trustees’ statement on Engaged Diversity, inclusive language, Title IX/Sexual Harassment Prevention, and ADA. The seminary is a member of the Disciples Alliance Q, which advocates for the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the life of the church. In addition, the Seminary is seeking to build a deeper capacity to communicate across cultures through utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory.

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Guests should expect harassment-free treatment from Phillips employees and students.

Seminary guests should seek to be aware not only of their intent in interacting with others but also of the impact/reception of their actions.

In your interactions with others (whether other guests, students, or employees), please understand yourself to be in a public, professional context rather than a personal space, and keep your comments and actions appropriate for that public, professional space within the framework created by the Seminary’s policies.

If you judge that you have been on the receiving end of an inappropriate action, please deal with the situation by addressing the action personally, by bringing the situation to the attention of Seminary personnel (starting with the event organizer, during a program), or both.

The Seminary employee in charge of the event or the space (e.g., the library) is authorized to address situations. Actions may range from speaking to or admonishing the offending party, to dismissal from the event (without refund), to a prohibition from using the library or attending programs at the Seminary.

If a guest makes a complaint about an employee or a student, that complaint will be investigated according to the policies in the Employee or the Student Handbook.

Women in Ministry Workshop - View from the Balcony: The Souls of Black Women

There are Black churches whose leadership and practices parallels that of antebellum plantations. Like in a plantocracy, the success of the hegemony is dependent upon the system and certain roles remaining in place. This workshop by the Rev. Alexis Carter Thomas will challenge more leaders to ask, how can those who labor and lead in Black churches do so in ways that do not devalue the bodies and contributions of Black women?

Reverend Alexis Carter Thomas is a writer and researcher living with her husband, John, in South Carolina. As a recipient of the Reflective Leadership grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, Alexis has been conducting research for the past year on the flourishing of Black clergywomen throughout the United States.

Alexis received her Master of Divinity from the Divinity School at Duke University. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Poetic Justice Oklahoma and the Gravity Center for Contemplative Activism in Omaha, Nebraska. She has served in campus ministry at various universities, the Pastor of Discipleship at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Tulsa and adjunct instructor at Phillips Theological Seminary.

Alexis loves writing non-fiction, taking long road trips, reading quality literature, and having soul-stirring conversations over coffee or a good meal.  Her hope is that her presence and gifts will be used to do good better. You can enjoy reading her writings as