March 2016
News from Seminary of the Southwest

Student Barbecue supports Episcopal Relief and Development
Over $3000 is raised for ERD

The fourth annual Southwest Showdown Barbecue grew hungry crowds to the campus for the delicious food, barbecue competition, music by fiddle prodigy Ruby Jane and a bounce house for the kids on a perfect spring-like day.

The competitors, which included a team of seminary trustees current and former, set up and stayed up the night before so that the brisket and ribs were ready for the judges and the hungry guests.

Black History Celebrations

A surprise visit by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; a lecture on racial reconciliation by Heidi J. Kim, missioner for racial reconciliation, The Episcopal Church;  an evening of arts and culture and a celebration Eucharist with alumna Freda Marie Brown preaching was the menu of rich offerings for the seminary community and guests during February.

Missioner for Racial Reconciliation Heidi J. Kim presents keynote lecture to kick off Black History Month

Duane Carter, e-resources/serial librarian at Booher Library, Seminary of the Southwest, was a featured artist at the African American Arts and Culture event

The Rev. Freda Marie Brown, executive director of St. Vincent's House, Galveston, Texas, prepares for the Eucharist.  

Brother Curtis Almquist presents reflections on contemplation in a busy life

Southwest invited Brother Curtis from the Society of St. John the Evangelist to be with us for reflections on "praying your life." 

This and the Mystics Lectures luncheon series are available for the seminary community to enrich spiritual wellness, the focus this Spring semester of the on-going Wellness for Ministry program at Southwest.
Faculty and staff updates

Awa Jangha  will join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Counselor Education beginning this summer. Her appointment was approved by the board of trustees at their February meeting. Awa is currently completing her PhD in pastoral counseling-counselor education and supervision at Loyola University in Maryland. She is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed art therapist.

Betty Hewell  will begin her position as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southwest in March. Betty comes to us from The Seton Fund where as Senior Director of Development she served as Campaign Director for the $50 million fundraising campaign for Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the new teaching hospital in Austin.

Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski,  associate professor of church history, has written a chapter titled "Pursuing a Vocation in the Midst of Crisis" in the edited volume  Academic Vocation in the Church and Academy Today 'And With All of Your Mind' ( Ashgate)

Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, dean and president, was guest preacher at Washington National Cathedral on February 7. View video 
On February 21, Dr. Kittredge was guest at St. Bart's on Park Avenue, New York City speaking in their "Living the virtues" series  Listen to her address on temperance and preaching "Jesus' lament for Jerusalem" Listen to her sermon
Save the Date

Easter Triduum, March 24-26 (Christ Chapel)
Maundy Thursday Eucharist with foot-washing at 5:30 p.m.
Good Friday prayers and homily at 11:45 a.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 p.m. followed by Gala reception

Harvey Lecture, Monday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
The Rev. William 'Bill' Miller, author, speaker, teacher, innovator and rector of  Christ Church, Covington, Louisiana

Commencement , Choral Evensong, Monday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. (Christ Chapel on the seminary campus). 
Holy Eucharist and Commencement, Tuesday, May 24 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.

Continuing Education, Monday, June 6 - Friday, June 10
"Leading in a Changing Church"  Online registration  
Faculty: Dr.  Steven Tomlinson, visiting professor of leadership formation and vocational pedagogy at Seminary of the Southwest.
Academic Dean Scott Bader-Saye:  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.
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