February 2016
News from Seminary of the Southwest
Graphic for Black History Month at Southwest
"Moving Forward: Race in the New Millennium"

Seminary of the Southwest welcomed Heidi J. Kim , missioner for racial reconciliation, The Episcopal Church, for the opening keynote and discussion for Black History month on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Ms. Kim addressed the community and guests from local parishes in her presentation titled  Racial Reconciliation: A Pilgrimage for the Faithful.

Guests for the evening included members of the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements, including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who were meeting in Austin in advance of General Convention 2018. 

Heidi J. Kim

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge

Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation Stephanie Spellers and MDiv student Cristi Chapman

Bishop Curry greets the guests gathered for Heidi J. Kim's keynote address

Heidi J. Kim presentation kicks off month of celebrating Black history at Southwest

Dr. Brené Brown delivers Payne Lecture

Seminary of the Southwest welcomed Dr. Brené Brown to the campus for the annual Payne Lecture on February 11, 2016. Researcher, story teller, and New York Times best selling author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly and recently published Rising Strong, Dr. Brown spoke to a packed house for the invitation only event which honors Claude Payne, retired diocesan bishop of Texas and former chair of the seminary's board of trustees.

Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge greeted Dr. Brown at the reception hosted by the seminary's board of trustees before the lecture.

Brené Brown had the full attention of her audience at the seminary as she shared her research and stories of vulnerability, courage and authenticity.

Save the Date

Central Texas Colloquium on Religion Research Conference at Southwest: February 20, 2016

Southwest Showdown Barbecue competition benefitting Episcopal Relief and Development: March 5, 2016

Harvey Lecture featuring the Rev. William Miller: April 4, 2016

Commencement with the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee preaching: May 24, 2016

Continuing Education week led by Dr. Steven Tomlinson: June 6-10, 2016
Faculty and Staff updates

Welcoming Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Kelly Rowley   Details

Congratulating Dr. Anthony Baker, new editor in chief of Anglican Theological Review  Details
Dr. Baker was promoted to full professor of systematic theology by the Board of Trustees at their February meeting at Seminary of the Southwest. 

Celebrating the ministry and retirement of Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology The Rev. Kathleen Russell  Details
In Rome

Dr. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, associate professor of church history at Southwest, led a study trip to Rome with a group of students in January. The trip was generously funded by contributions from friends of the seminary making it possible for students to participate.

During the last week of January, I took nine students from Seminary of the Southwest for a study trip to Rome. Our trip came on the heels of the recent Anglican Primates' Meeting in which the Episcopal Church was reprimanded for its actions and teachings
regarding human sexuality. For the previous weeks I had been puzzling over how reconciliation was possible within the Anglican Communion. In Rome, I glimpsed glimmers of such a future...

Pope Francis is photographed in the foreground by Southwest student, Clif Taylor, pictured below in Rome.

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