April 2016
News from Seminary of the Southwest
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Great Vigil of Easter was celebrated in Christ Chapel by the community of Seminary of the Southwest. Presider Cynthia Briggs Kittredge blesses the congregation.
Harvey Lecture 2016

The 2016 Harvey Lecture, "Good News for a Change: Creative Collaboration in Context," was given by Father William "Bill" Miller, a noted preacher, teacher, speaker and author. Details
View video of Bill Miller's lecture .
V icar General of Namibia returns to her seminary

Linea Haufiku , vicar general of Namibia, visited the seminary campus in March following her participation in the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Rev. Linea Haufiku, MAR '11, with Dean Kittredge who preached at Linea's ordination in Namibia in 2011
See Haufiku interview by WHNT News 19 in Huntsville, Alabama
Hope Benko to lead enrollment office

Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge has announced the hire of the Rev. Hope Benko to director of enrollment at Seminary of the Southwest effective June 1, 2016. Hope comes to the seminary from All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has served as upper and middle school chaplain and religion teacher since 2011. 

Southwest's communications receive awards

Vice President for Communications  Nancy Springer-Baldwin
Seminary of the Southwest received four Polly Bond 
awards for work published i n 2015 at the recent  Episcopal Communicators  conference in Portland, OR.

June Continuing Education will be led by award winning teacher

Monday, June 6 - Friday June 10, 2016
"Leading in a Changing Church" 

Steven Tomlinson Faculty: Dr. Steven Tomlinson, founder and master teacher at Acton School of Business in Austin and visiting professor of leadership formation and vocational pedagogy at the seminary. 

Steven's experience of faith and life in the Episcopal Church, his background in business teaching and consulting, and his gifts in theatrical improvisation situate him perfectly to lead this kind of class.
-- A cademic Dean Scott Bader-Saye
Rodriguez wins grant for Latino evangelism project

The Rev. Al Rodriguez
The  Evangelical Education Society (EES)  has awarded the Rev.  Al Rodriguez , interim director of the seminary's Hispanic Church Studies program, a grant for Latino evangelism. Rodriguez will develop training products to help congregations and dioceses reach second, third and fourth generation, U.S.-born Latinos.

My Church Is Not Dying by Greg Garrett

Dr. Greg Garrett
ChurchNext  offers a course for groups to discuss My Church Is Not Dying: Finding Hope In Mainline Churches  by Greg Garrett, MDiv '07, writer in residence at Southwest, and author of books on religion and culture.

Donne By Love

Claire Miller Colombo, adjunct faculty and director of the Center for Writing and Creative Expression at Southwest, preached at the seminary's community initiated service, April 6, 2016, celebrating the poetry of John Donne.

Dr. Claire Miller Colombo

What's coming up?

Commencement, Choral Evensong, Monday May 23, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (Christ Chapel on the seminary campus)
Holy Eucharist and Commencement, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.  (St. Matthew's Episcopal Church,  Austin) the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, bishop of the Diocese of Chicago, will preach. Honorary degree recipients will be Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, Canon John Logan of the Diocese of Texas and Bertha Sadler Means, founding member of St. James' Episcopal Church, Austin.

Matriculation , Sunday, August 28, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. (Christ Chapel on the seminary campus)

Blandy Lectures and Alumni Convocation, Tuesday & Wednesday, September 27-28, 2016 (Knapp Auditorium on the seminary campus)
Bryan Stevenson , f ounder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of  Just Mercy .
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