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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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Reflection on Romans by Nancy Pittman

The Dean of the seminary, and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Claire Pittman, offers the homily during this chapel service during the Fall 2017 new student orientation. Her reflection is based on Romans 12.

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New Student Orientation by Gerald Davis

The Rev. Gerald Davis offers the homily during this Fall 2017 new student orientation chapel service. He is currently serving as the minister of the Church of the Restoration Unitarian Universalist and as an affiliate minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, both in Tulsa. Previously, he served as the County Director for the Oklahoma Department […]

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On the Road Together by Gerald Davis

The Rev. Gerald Davis offers the homily during this June 27th chapel service. He is currently serving as the minister of the Church of the Restoration Unitarian Universalist and as an affiliate minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, both in Tulsa. Previously, he served as the County Director for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. […]

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