Philosophy & Religion RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/ Philosophy & Religion RSS Feed <![CDATA[Parkhurst Lecture and Builders In Ministry Week Coming to SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1478 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1478 Quincy Brown 3 Rev. Quincy Brown, vice president for spiritual life and church relations at LaGrange College, will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College Thursday, Feb. 20. Brown will speak on “The Quest for Vocation: The Humpty Dumpty Moments of In-between Times.”

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center and is a free event that the public is encouraged to attend.  The Parkhurst Lecture coincides with the 8th annual Builders In Ministry week, Feb. 20-21, at Southwestern College.

Known to many as “Q,” Quincy uses his gift as a storyteller to help others see how their personal stories fit together with God’s larger story of grace and wholeness to define their calling.  Quincy has written several articles, essays, and publications on vocation, faith development, and life’s transitions including the book “Q.U.E.S.T. Stories as Guides through Life’s Transitions” (2008) and “The Q.U.E.S.T. for Vocation: A Personal Journey to Discern a Life’s Calling (2013).”  Quincy has served as a keynote speaker for numerous events, coordinated church programming events ranging from youth ministry to mission and service trips, created both blended and contemporary worship services, and implemented and taught new Sunday school classes. 

“When I heard Quincy last year in Indianapolis, I found him both informative and entertaining, and I am so glad he agreed to be with us,” says Steve Wilke, vice president for planning and new programs at Southwestern College.

Quincy, an ordained United Methodist minister, earned a bachelor of science degree in electronic engineering, a master of divinity degree from Emory University, and a doctor of ministry degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center on the Atlanta University Center campus where his dissertation focused on how liminality helps college students to develop their faith. He is interested in using stories from the Bible, comic books, movies, and pop culture to help people make meaning out of life crises and transitions.  He is married to Dionne Moore Brown and lives in Newnan, Ga.

Refreshments will follow the lecture in the Richardson lobby.

Builders in Ministry is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders—lay and clergy—for effective living and ministry.  The event is a two-day conference for Moundbuilder alumni, current students, and friends of Southwestern who are involved in ministry or are anticipating going into the ministry, and will include elements of spiritual renewal/refreshment, community/fellowship, and continuing education.

Additional featured speakers for Builders in Ministry include Rev. Doug Morphis, the co-founder of the Counseling and Meditation Center.  He is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, an ordained United Methodist minister, and a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist in the state of Kansas; and Rev. Valerie Robideaux, Chaplain at Centenary College and ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church.

For more information, go to www.sckans.edu/bim-week.

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Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:24:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Discussion about Hope Features Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Traditions]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1476 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1476 The theme for the 2013-2014 school year at Southwestern College is hope.  With that theme in mind, the college will host a discussion titled “Perspectives on Hope: A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Dialogue” on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend this event which will discuss hope as it is found in the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions. 

Participating in the dialogue will be Professor Jackson Lashier, Imam Hussam Madi, and Rabbi Michael Davis.  United States ambassador David Dunford will be the moderator.

A third generation Reform rabbi, Rabbi Michael A. Davis has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu-El since August 1995.  He served congregations in Florida and New York, and has served, taught in, and advised youth groups for congregations across the country. In Wichita, Rabbi Davis conducts workshops and has been a frequent guest lecturer at universities, churches, schools, and hospitals. He has served as president of the Board of Inter-Faith Ministries and of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Kansas Chapter, and served on their boards for many years.  Rabbi Davis is also a chaplain for the Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department

Imam Hussam Madi, his wife, and five children are long-time citizens of Wichita. He is a graduate of Wichita State University where he majored in mechanical engineering and computer science. He has played professional soccer in Wichita including a stint with the Wichita Wings. He is a member of the Islamic Society of Wichita (ISW) and held different volunteer positions including board of trustees’ member, ISW spokesman, motivational speaker, and Arabic translator for the Sedgwick County courthouse and for the Wichita school district.

Jackson Lashier is the assistant professor of religion at Southwestern College. He earned his Ph.D. in religious studies from Marquette University, a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary focused on biblical interpretation, and a bachelor of arts degree in English from Iowa State University.  He is a Raynor Fellow and a John Wesley Fellow.  Prior to Southwestern, Lashier has served as a youth minister in Iowa.  Lashier and his wife, Julie, have two children and live in Winfield.  Julie serves as chaplain at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield. 

David Dunford retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in June of 1995 following completion of his assignment as Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.  He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona where he teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Middle East business environment, and globalization and global government.
           
Each year Southwestern College implements a theme in conjunction with the four pillars at the top of the 77 Steps at SC.  The pillars represent hope, courage, knowledge, and freedom.  The 2013-14 theme is hope and Gaston Warner kicked off the school year at the Opening Convocation with a message of hope.  Warner is the executive director for the Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor which facilitates the empowerment of over 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children in multiple African countries.  Campus professors have implemented lessons of hope and built them into the classroom.
           
“This event is a unique opportunity of an interfaith dialogue where we can talk about the concept of hope in the three major religions,” says Andy Sheppard, vice president for academic affairs at Southwestern College.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:25:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dr. Jeanine Thweatt-Bates to give Beck Lecture on Cyborg Spirituality]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1390 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1390 Dr. Jeanine Thweatt-Bates will be delivering this year's Beck Lecture on September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Mossman 101. The Beck Lecture is designed to address topics on the intersection of science and religion. Author of the book, Cyborg Selves: A Theological Anthropology of the Posthuman, Thweatt-Bates will address the topic of what advances in technology, particularly those related to the field of artificial intelligence, means for a traditional understanding of human spirituality. Can cyborgs exhibit spirituality? Can they have genuine belief? These questions and more will be addressed in an exciting and interactive lecture experience.

Thweatt-Bates holds a Ph.D. in theology and science from Princeton Theological Seminary. She currently teaches at the College of New Jersey.

Dr. Jeanine Thwaett-Bates

 

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Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:08:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Chapel Speaker Schedule Announced for Fall Semester]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1388 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1388 Southwestern College Campus Minister Ashlee Alley has announced the featured speaker schedule for SC Chapel services for the 2013 fall semester.

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Chapel is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  Southwestern College Chapel service seeks to invite individuals to come together in a community of faith and to equip one another with skills to share the Gospel as disciples, by providing an open, Christ-centered, participatory worship experience.

“Connecting in with the campus theme of hope this year, we’ve chosen to have ‘Living Hope’ be our theme for Chapel,” Alley says.  “We are focusing on ways that Jesus Christ brings us new life through three different series.  The first is called, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and will focus on ways that we live the message of Jesus.  The second is called, ‘Who am I?’ and will help us explore who God has made us to be and how we can individually make a contribution in the world.  The third series is one that is called ‘Faith at Work.’  In it, we will hear how several different people see their faith through their work.” 

The featured speaker schedule is as follows:

• Aug. 21— Rev. Ashlee Alley, Southwestern College campus minister
• Aug. 28— Tim Garrett, Frontier Mission Group
• Sept. 4— Rev. Rodney Worsham, First Assembly of God, Medicine Lodge
• Sept. 11—Rev. Tod Anthony, Lakin United Methodist Church
• Sept. 18— Worship Outreach Team Chapel Service
• Sept. 25— Dawn Pleas-Bailey, Southwestern College vice president for student life
• Oct. 2—Rev. Ashlee Alley
• Oct. 9—Rev. Kyle Woodrow, Pastor in South Africa
• Oct. 16—Student Chapel
• Oct. 23—Susan and Kevin Fry, directors of Eden Children’s Village, Doma, Zimbabwe
• Oct. 30— Cheryl Rude, director for Leadership Southwestern
• Nov. 6—Daniel Miller, physician in Winfield
• Nov. 13—Pastor Terrell Davis, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Wichita
• Nov. 20—Rev. Ashlee Alley
• Nov. 27—No Chapel, Thanksgiving Break
• Dec. 4—“Eagerheart”

Chapel is streamed online each week and can be seen and heard at www.moundbuilder.com.  Chapel services are also archived at http://ChapelAtSC.blogspot.com

 

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Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:01:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Parkhurst Lecture to Feature Drew Dyson]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1297 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1297 One of the nation’s foremost experts on emerging adults in the church will present the Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College Tuesday, Feb. 19. Drew Dyson will speak on “Borders, Bono, and the Bifurcated Life: Wesleyan Missional Theology and Emerging Adults.”

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center and is a free event that the public is encouraged to attend.  The Parkhurst Lecture coincides with the 7th annual Builders In Ministry week, Feb. 19-20, at Southwestern College. 

“We are very excited to have Dr. Drew Dyson coming to Southwestern College,” says Steve Wilke, vice president for planning and new programs at Southwestern.  “He is one of the leading authorities on trends in young Americans especially as they relate to the church.”

An ordained minister, Dyson has served local churches in New Jersey, is an adjunct instructor at the Princeton and Memphis Theological Seminaries, and was executive director of the Shared Mission Focus on Young People of the General Board of Discipleship serving as the team leader and primary author of General Conference legislation creating the Division on Ministries with Young People of the General Board of Discipleship in 2004.

Dyson has written several books on the practice of youth ministry including “Soul-Tending: Life Forming Practices for Older Youth & Young Adults,”  “Faith Forming Junior High Youth Ministry,” “Scripture Talks: Creative Messages for Youth Ministry,” and  “52 Devotions to Feed Your Fire: Soul Tending for Youth Workers.”

Refreshments and a book signing will follow the lecture in the Richardson lobby.
Builders in Ministry is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders—lay and clergy—for effective living and ministry.  The event is a two-day conference for Moundbuilder alumni, current students, and friends of Southwestern who are involved in ministry or are anticipating going into the ministry, and will include elements of spiritual renewal/refreshment, community/fellowship, and continuing education.

Additional featured speakers for Builders in Ministry include Charles Harrison, CEO and executive director of The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence and The Youthworker Movement, an organization of over 4,500 Youthworkers; and Rev. Wendy Mohler, a Southwestern College graduate who serves as the transition in ministry associate pastor at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

For more information, go to www.sckans.edu/bim-week.

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Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:49:30 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Ballet Emmanuel to Perform at Southwestern College Chapel]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1239 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1239 Ballet Emmanuel, a professional nationally-touring Christian ballet company, will perform at the Wednesday, Oct. 24, chapel service in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the Southwestern College campus. There is no admission charge to attend and the public is invited.

The Colorado-based company serves communities of all sizes, focusing on small and medium-sized communities like Winfield. The group uses dance as a medium to glorify God and demonstrate the message of salvation.

“We were approached by the tour director for Ballet Emmanuel to see if we were interested in having them perform for one of our chapel services,” says campus minister Ashlee Alley.  “We thought it would be a great way to highlight what it looks like to use a variety of gifts in worship of God.  It will be a different kind of worship service than we usually have, but one that we’re really looking forward to having for our community.”

The company’s dancers and apprentices have a strong background in classical ballet and raise support to partially cover their basic living costs, erasing the need for outside employment. Their season runs August through May.

For more information, call (620) 229-6265.

Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

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Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:20:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Earn United Methodist Ministry Scholarship]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1225 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1225 Levi Nord, Mulvane, and Lindsey Graber, Wichita, are the recipients of the Southwestern College United Methodist Ministry Scholarship. The scholarship is available to those students who are members of a United Methodist Church, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and intend to pursue a form of vocational ministry.

Ashlee Alley, campus minister at Southwestern College, says that both recipients are deserving.

“Lindsey and Levi have shown a strong commitment to their local United Methodist Churches and also the ministry of the United Methodist Church in the state of Kansas,” Alley says.  “Each of them has identified ways that God is calling them to continue to serve the world in ministry and we are pleased to be able to award them this scholarship.”

The scholarship awards $1,000 for the school year and allows recipients to participate in the scholarship program which includes the following: attendance to at the SC United Methodist Ministry Scholarship dinner, a meeting with a “Ministry Coach” six times a year, interaction with philosophy and religion department lecturers during the three annual lectures, a scholarship to attend Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, guidance in the selection of a ministry internship, and the payment of an application fee for one seminary school.

“They will be able to continue to cultivate their call to ministry through the program aspects associated with this scholarship and we are excited to see how they will continue to develop,” Alley added.

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:40:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Parkhurst Lecture to Feature Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1129 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1129 This year’s Parkhurst Lecture at Southwestern College will feature Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter, one of the top voices of the Creation Care movement. The lecture will be Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center and will begin at 7 p.m. The lecture is a free event that the public is encouraged to attend.

Simon-Peter will focus on “Religion and Mother Earth” during her lecture, sharing how all of the world’s major religions incorporate stewardship of the earth into their teachings. This lecture will explore how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are grounded in our essential connection to both Creator and creation.

The lecture will be followed with refreshments and a book signing opportunities for those interested in bringing or purchasing Simon-Peter’s books to the Richardson Performing Arts Center lobby.

Rev. Simon-Peter, an ordained United Methodist elder in the Rocky Mountain Conference with a degree in Environmental Studies, worked as an acid rain researcher and volunteer naturalist before receiving her call to ministry.

After more than a decade of serving churches in Colorado and Wyoming, she is now a sought-after presenter, sharing the “green” gospel with churches, interfaith groups, and community groups. She is the author of “Green Church: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!” and “Seven Simple Steps to Green Your Church” as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles.

She is the director of BridgeWorks, a ministry that specializes in building bridges of understanding through lifelong learning.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:42:15 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bishop Scott Jones to Speak at SC Chapel]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1128 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1128 Scott Jones, resident bishop of the Kansas Area of the United Methodist Church, will be the guest speaker at the weekly chapel service at Southwestern College on Wednesday, Feb. 22.  Chapel begins at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

“We are grateful for Bishop Jones’s service to the Church and especially his willingness to connect with our community,” says Rev. Ashlee Alley, campus minister at Southwestern.  “We are especially grateful for him being here on Ash Wednesday and look forward to him leading us in an Ash Wednesday service.”

Alley added that the imposition of the ashes would occur at the end of the service.

Jones received degrees from the University of Kansas (B.A. in Philosophy), Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (Master of Theology) and Southern Methodist University (Ph.D. in Religious Studies). His dissertation research was focused on Wesley Studies and the History of Biblical Interpretation.

He was ordained deacon in the Kansas East Annual Conference and elder in the North Texas Annual Conference. From 1986 to 1997 he served as pastor of three congregations in North Texas. In 2003-2004 he served as interim pastor at Stonebridge UMC in McKinney, Texas. From 1997 to 2004 he served on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In 2004 he was elected a bishop by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to serve as the resident bishop of the Kansas Area as of September 1, 2004.

Jones currently serves on the board of trustees for Southern Methodist University, the Russian Seminary, Saint Paul School of Theology, Southwestern College, Kansas Wesleyan University, and Baker University.

Southwestern College chapel services may be heard each week online at www.moundbuilder.com

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Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:58:35 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Explore Ministry at Exploration 2011]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1098 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1098 Southwestern College campus minister Ashlee Alley recently accompanied several students to St. Louis to participate in Exploration 2011.

Exploration 2011 is an event organized by the United Methodist Church with the goal of bringing younger people to the pulpit. During two days of workshops, prayer, worship, and small-group meetings, the denomination hopes to help some of the 18- to 26-year-olds in attendance determine whether their future career path will lead to a life in the ministry.

Exploration 2011


Southwestern College students attending were Caleb Chua, Jessica Schaal, Molly Komlofske, Heida Raisa, Rachel Wong, Lucas McConnell, and Isaac Chua. 

“Exploration 2011 is an opportunity to set time aside to listen to the call to ministry,” Alley says.  “There are seminary representatives and students and lots of other people to help in the exploration process.  For two of our students it was an opportunity to confirm the call to ministry (Komlofske and McConnell).  Our other students are in the question phase so they were able to explore their options.”

Komlofske, a senior from Holcomb, said that the speakers (Rev. Adam Hamilton, Bishop Robert Hayes, and Rev. Shalom Agatarap) gave great inspiration.

“I left Exploration enjoying the fact that I got to hear so many wonderful speakers who encouraged me and had great hearts for the United Methodist church,” Komlofske says.  “However, I also left with a thankful heart that I have been able to study and spend my college years at Southwestern. We are mentored here by our professors, ministers, and other faculty and staff. Southwestern College makes you consider your calling from the time you set foot on this campus. I was thankful for that. I feel like some students at other schools can get lost in the institution and they have to pick majors and move on because that is what the other 15,000 students have to do, too. It’s good to be a part of a community that realizes that each student’s calling is a part of and as important as their academic and collegiate journey.”

The Board of Ordained Ministry arranged for and provided funds for transportation students from the Kansas West Conference to attend Exploration 2011. Rev. Amy Lippoldt, pastor at Woodland United Methodist Church, represented the Board of Ordained Ministry and traveled with the students.
 

 

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Tue, 06 Dec 2011 11:05:14 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Aldersgate UMC Honored for Commitment to Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1070 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/1070 Steve Wilke, vice president for planning and new programs at Southwestern College, presented the 2011 Francis Asbury award to Aldersgate United Methodist Church (AUMC) in Wichita on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Steve Wilke at Aldersgate


The criteria for this award are outstanding leadership in supporting, strengthening, and promoting the United Methodist Church’s ministry in higher education through its church colleges.
The congregation was nominated by the Southwestern College church relations committee for the following:

• AUMC consistently sends finals care packages to students who are at Southwestern and other colleges.

• AUMC hosted a team from Southwestern College who had a chapel service on an afternoon at their church and donated almost $1,500 to the chapel ministry at Southwestern.

• AUMC has a history of supporting students who come to Southwestern with scholarships that the college matches.

• A number of individuals within the church refer youth to our two conference colleges, Kansas Wesleyan University and Southwestern College as a potential college option.

 

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Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:22:53 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dr. Alan Padgett is Spring 2011 Beck Lecturer on "The Bible in the Age of Science"]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/957 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/957 Dr Alan G. Padgett, Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, will present the Beck Lecture at Mossman Hall 101, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS, at 7 PM Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Padgett, a leading figure in the current Religion and Science discussion, is the author of Science and the Study of God: A Mutuality Model for Theology and Science (Eerdmans, 2003) and several other books. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. Padgett earned his doctorate from Oxford University. His lecture is entitled "The Bible in an Age of Science," and is concerned with how the Christian scripture and modern science can engage one another as conversation partners in the pursuit of knowledge.

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Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:28:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Parkhurst Lecture to Feature Adam Hamilton]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/912 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/912 Rev. Adam Hamilton, well known Methodist author and pastor, will be the keynote speaker for the Parkhurst Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Grace United Methodist Church sanctuary.  There is no admission charge to attend.

Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. Hamilton has received the B’nai B’rith award in Social Ethics, the Denman Award in Evangelism, and the Circuit Rider Award for excellence in church leadership. He was named Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church by the Foundation for Evangelism, and he was named one of the “Ten People to Watch in America’s Spiritual Landscape” by “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.”

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has grown from four people in 1990 to over 12,000 adult members with an average weekly worship attendance of over 7,500 in 2006.

“It is an honor to have Adam Hamilton with us,” says Steve Wilke, vice president for planning and new programs at Southwestern.  “He is one of the most influential persons in American Christianity today. An outstanding communicator and Christian leader, Adam’s lecture is sure to help all of us better understand the issues of our day, and how to better respond in our lives.”

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Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:23:40 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Henry Knight to Speak at Annual Smith-Willson Lecture]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/834 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/834 Henry H. Knight III, the Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, will be the featured speaker for Southwestern College’s 2010 Smith-Willson lecture Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Mossman Hall, room 101.  There is no admission charge.

Knight teaches in the areas of Wesleyan theology, church history, and evangelical, Pentecostal, and charismatic theology. He is the originator and chair of the Wesleyan-Pentecostal Consultation, a group of scholars and pastors who have collaborated on a new volume, “From Aldersgate to Azusa Street: Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal Visions of the New Creation,” which examines key figures in the history of this distinctive family of Christian churches.

Matt Thompson, assistant professor of religious studies at Southwestern, says SC is directly linked to the Pentecostal religion.

“SC historically is linked with the Pentecostal family,” Thompson says.  “One of the founders of Pentecostalism, Charles Parham, was a student at Southwestern in the early years of Southwestern.  He was a Methodist pastor, and then founded Pentecostalism.  SC holds a pivotal place in the history of this tradition.”

The Smith-Willson lectureship was established by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Willson to call attention to the important moral and religious aspects of education.  National leaders on various related topics are asked to speak at the annual lecture.

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Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:47:29 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Bishop Scott Jones to Speak at Southwestern College Chapel]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/820 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/820 Southwestern College will welcome a special guest to its weekly chapel service on Wednesday.

Bishop Scott Jones

           
Scott Jones, resident bishop of the Kansas Area of the United Methodist Church, will preach on Isaiah 6: 1-8 with the title “Where Are You Going?”  Chapel begins at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  
           
“We are so happy to have Bishop Jones preach in chapel this year,” says Southwestern College campus minister Ashlee Alley.  “He was last here to preach before the current students were here and several requested that he come and preach while they were students.  Bishop Jones is a great encourager of young people, and especially those with a call to ministry, so it will be great to have him on campus.”  
           
Jones is on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.  He is also the chairperson of the World Wide Nature of the Church Study Committee and the Taskforce for Theological Education. He serves as a member of the South Central Jurisdiction Mission Council Executive Committee. In 1996, 2000, and 2004 he was a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
           
Bishop Jones received degrees from the University of Kansas (B.A. in Philosophy), Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (master of theology) and Southern Methodist University (Ph.D. in religious studies). His dissertation research was focused on Wesley Studies and the History of Biblical Interpretation.
           
Chapel can be heard online at www.sckans.edu/chapel.   For more information about this or any of the weekly Chapel services at Southwestern, call Alley at (620) 229-6362.

 

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Mon, 27 Sep 2010 14:32:08 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Fall Brings New Speakers to Chapel]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/813 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/813 Chapel at Southwestern College will feature a new theme this year, Commitment Issues: Living a Life of Absolute Devotion. Old traditions and new ideas will take place at the regular meeting time, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, at Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.
           
Southwestern College Campus Minister Ashley Alley said one of the new changes is the outreach team helping with the weekly Chapel service.
           
“Before students helped with music and now the outreach will help, so the students don’t always have to,” said Alley.

The schedule of guest speakers set for the fall includes: Rodney Worsham, Creighton Alexander, Stephen Sours, Adam Barlow-Thompson, Dawn Pleas-Bailey, Mike Harper, Kirstie Garnes, Kim Rea, and David Smith.
           
“We try to bring in a variety of people who have a connection to Southwestern in which the students can hear,” said Alley.
           
One special guest featured at chapel is Bishop Scott Jones. Jones currently serves as the resident bishop of the Kansas Area of the United Methodist Church and will speak at Chapel on Sept. 29.
           
“Jones also serves on the board of trustees and I would like the campus to get to meet him,” said Alley.
           
Alley also says she wants to encourage everyone in the community to come to chapel and visit www.sckans.edu/chapel.com for schedule listings. 

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:22:07 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Lester Ruth to Deliver Parkhurst Lecture]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/694 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/694 Lester Ruth, professor of Christian worship at Asbury Theological Seminary, will deliver Southwestern College’s Parkhurst Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall inside the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge.
           
The Parkhurst Lecture coincides with the fourth annual Builders In Ministry (BIM) week, Feb. 23-25, at Southwestern College. 
           
Ruth is the Lily May Jarvis professor of Christian worship at Asbury Theological Seminary and a member of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Prior to teaching at Asbury Seminary, Ruth was assistant professor of liturgical studies at Yale University Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music.
           
Ruth’s book, “A Little Heaven Below: Worship at Early Methodist Quarterly Meetings,” was awarded the Jesse Lee Prize by the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.  He has also received three teaching awards at Asbury Seminary, two for use of media and one for extended learning.  He was on the advisory board for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship liturgical renewal grants program from 1999 to 2004.

BIM is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders—lay and clergy—for effective living and ministry.  The event is a three-day conference for Moundbuilder alumni, current students, and friends of Southwestern who are involved in ministry or are anticipating going into the ministry, and will include elements of spiritual renewal/refreshment, community/fellowship, and continuing education.
           
For more information about the Parkhurst Lecture or BIM, contact Julie Headrick, director of camps and conferences, at (620) 229-6141.

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Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:48:02 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Upcoming Silent Auction to Benefit SC Mission Trips]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/689 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/689 Discipleship Southwestern will host a silent auction fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1-3 p.m. in the Deets Library on the SC campus.  The fundraiser will benefit upcoming mission trips taken by Discipleship Southwestern students.
           
According to campus minister Ashlee Alley, there are about 50 items up for bid, ranging from personal services (babysitting and housecleaning) to gift baskets.  A complete list of items up for bid can seen online at www.sckans.edu/discipleship
           
During the auction, testimonials and special music will be shared.  The cost of the event is $5 per person.  The admission charge includes one door prize ticket, dessert, and the option to bid.  The bidding will close at 2:30 p.m. 
           
For more information, contact Alley at (620) 229-6362 or Megan Martin at (620) 262-6129.

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Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:52:35 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[BIM Week at Southwestern College Feb. 23-25]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/678 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/678 Southwestern College will present the fourth annual Builders in Ministry Week (BIM) Feb. 23-25. The title of the conference is “Worship as Passionate Theology.”
BIM is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders—lay and clergy—for effective living and ministry.  The event is a three-day conference for Moundbuilder alumni, current students, and friends of Southwestern who are involved in ministry or are anticipating going into the ministry, and will include elements of spiritual renewal/refreshment, community/fellowship, and continuing education.

Lester Ruth is the keynote speaker for the event.  He will deliver the Parkhurst Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Messenger Recital Hall and at chapel at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.  There is no admission charge.
           
Other speakers scheduled to appear are Rev. Michael Marion, a 1977 graduate of Southwestern and pastor of the First United Methodist Church in McPherson; Rev. Troy Bowers, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Salina; Sarah (Melcher) Miller, a 2002 graduate of Southwestern and an active worship planner at First United Methodist Church in Winfield; and Alison Ebright, a 2005 graduate of Southwestern and staff member for the past five years at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

The complete schedule for BIM can be seen online at www.sckans.edu/bim-week.  Registration fee for the conference is $60.  Limited housing for the week is available on campus. For more information call Julie Headrick, director of camps and conferences, at (620) 229-6141.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2010 11:23:34 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Show to Air Before Weekly Chapel Service]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/557 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/philosophy-religion/news/view/557 The Southwestern College chapel team will introduce a new show that will precede the weekly chapel Webcast every Wednesday.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, “The Allielujah Hour” will make its debut.  The show is hosted by Southwestern College graduate Allison (Ewing) Reed. The pre-recorded show features praise and worship music along with selected scripture.  Chapel and “The Allielujah Hour” can be heard live online at www.moundbuilder.com beginning at 10 a.m.

Reed graduated in 1995 with a bachelor of arts in mass communications.  She is a member of the Southwestern College mass communications hall of fame. She works out of a remote studio in Pratt for KSNS 91.5 FM radio in Medicine Lodge.  Reed has many duties at the radio station.

“Along with putting together my weekly show, I put together our top 30 playlist, write and record underwriting spots, host a Friday segment called ‘Ask the Pastor’ where listeners e-mail questions for a local pastor to answer. I also tape interviews with local lawmakers for a legislative update for our area, and I have interviewed artists like Rita Springer, Gary Chapman, and Andrew Peterson,” Reed says.

Southwestern College has chapel services every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Messenger Auditorium in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The student-led chapel praise teams lead the service.

“We are excited about the opportunity to connect a ministry like Allison’s with our ministry of chapel,” says Ashlee Alley, director of campus ministry at Southwestern.  “We know that we have people listen to our chapel service each week and we think that ‘The Allielujah Hour’ is a great way to get started for chapel.” 

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Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:30:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)