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Project TURN would like to invite you to travel with our North Carolina delegation to attend Re-Visioning Justice in America at Vanderbilt University, April 17-19. Read more about the gathering here.

Leaders Save Lives Scholarship ProgramWould you like to develop and demonstrate your leadership ability? Want to develop planning skills while working with the largest humanitarian network in the world? And could you use college scholarship money? If you answered yes to any of these, then the American Red Cross has a great opportunity for you. Click here for more information! 

Religion & Theology Lovers’ Book Club – All Are Welcome!

A Religion and Theology Lovers’ Book Club comprised of people from varying churches, religious backgrounds and perspectives, meets biweekly at Universalist National Memorial Church  to deepen our understanding of the world’s religions, expand our knowledge of doctrinal history and expand our perspectives on the nature of the religious life as it is experienced globally. We approach these topics by discussing the written works of various scholars and religious thinkers, and we invite you to join us. The book club's next selection is “The Origin of Satan,” a popular title by bestselling author and Princeton professor Elaine Pagels which promises to generate a series of fascinating discussions. Please see the reading schedule below:

Tuesday, March 31

Introduction

Chapter 1 – The Gospel of Mark and the Jewish War

Thursday, April 16

Chapter 2 – The Social History of Satan: From the Hebrew Bible to the Gospels

Chapter 3 – Matthew’s Campaign Against the Pharisees: Deploying the Devil

Thursday, April 30

Chapter 4 – Luke and John Claim Israel’s Legacy: The Split Widens

Chapter 5 – Satan’s Earthly Kingdom: Christians Against Pagans

Thursday, May 14

Chapter 6 – The Enemy Within: Demonizing the Heretics

Conclusion

You’re invited to participate in these discussions with us. Past participants in the book club have included members of UNMC and other churches, and people from our community. Please feel free to join us for the next scheduled book club meeting. Send an email to Crystal (crystalslewis@gmail.com) if you wish to inquire further.

Did you know statistics show that every week, two (2) African Americans are killed by law enforcement officials? But by the Grace of God, 20-year-old African American University of Virginia student Martese Johnson could have included in these statistics!  Something has to be done and Howard University School of Divinity is rising to the challenge.

This is a personal invitation for you to attend a Public Policy Lecture focusing on “Transitioning from the Moment into Movement:  Analyzing Social Issues Revealed in Recent Killings of Unarmed African Americans by Law Enforcement.”   Though presented by the School of Divinity, it will be held at the School of Business Auditorium, April 10, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30pm, followed by a reception where you will have the opportunity to meet and greet the keynote lecturer, Attorney Benjamin Crump.

Attorney Crump, incoming President of the National Bar Association and attorney for families of victims Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and most recently, Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy killed in Cleveland, Ohio, will be the keynote speaker.  Attorney William “Billy” Martin (Immediate Past President of the Washington Bar Association) will serve as the Moderator, and Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard School of Divinity is a featured respondent.  New Jersey Assistant Attorney General Wanda H. Moore is also a featured respondent, together with Ms. Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice.  

In order to accommodate everyone, please RSVP by calling (202) 806-0758. Attached are a flyer and Press Release 

Your presence and voice are needed so please plan to attend.  


FREE LEWIS CENTER DOWNLOAD: “50 Ways to Take Church to the Community”

To help congregations reach beyond their walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers the free download 50 Ways to Take Church to the Community. This resource offers practical tips congregations can use to meet community members where they are and move them toward discipleship.

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community provides information on these topics:

• Embrace an expansive concept of community

• Prepare spiritually

• Get to know the community surrounding your church

• Listen and learn

• Build authentic relationships

• Turn your existing ministries outward

• Reach out through community events

• Extend your congregation’s spiritual presence beyond church walls

• Connect spiritual outreach to community service

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community is available at http://www.churchleadership.com/50ways. Additional downloads, including 50 Ways to Take Church to the Community50 Ways to Welcome New People50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance, and many more are also available.

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary is a resource for clergy, lay, and denominational leaders. Through resources, research, and teaching, the Center supports visionary spiritual leaders in addressing issues crucial to the church’s faithful and fruitful witness.


PMM TEACHING SETTING APPLICATIONS/PROFILES ARE AVAILABLE ON BLACKBOARD  

The course title is “PMM Ministry Setting Profiles 2015-16.”  Under the "ministry setting profiles" tab, you will find site profiles from churches and non-congregational settings that include contact information and ministry descriptions.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact DesirĂ©e in the PMM office (Office K-107, dbarnes@wesleyseminary.edu, 202-885-8666).

 


IMPORTANT SPRING 2015 REGISTRATION DATES: Registration for the Spring 2015 semester is closed! You can no longer add or drop classes. If you need to withdraw from a course, you will receive a partial refund according to the table below.

Friday, April 3rd: LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE WITHOUT RECEIVING A FAILING GRADE.

 

COMMENCEMENT 2015: For everything Commencement related, please visit the Commencement website at www.wesleyseminary.edu/commencement. Through the website graduands can order regalia, and find information regarding tickets, events, and other graduation accessories.

COMMENCEMENT REGALIA: Regalia ordering is now open! If you are planning on participating in the Commencement ceremony, you must order regalia. Regalia can be ordered through Oakhall at www.oakhalli.com/wesleyseminary. The link can also be accessed through the Commencement website (www.wesleyseminary.edu/commencement). Masters regalia is around $35 to rent and Doctoral regalia around $55 to rent. If you wish to purchase your regalia, please contact Oakhall directly. The last day to order regalia is March 6, 2015.

 

SUMMER/FALL 2015 SCHEDULE: A tentative schedule for the Summer and Fall 2015 semesters is now posted on www.wesleyseminary.edu/schedule. You should continue to check the schedule website for any updates in the Summer and Fall course offerings.

SUMMER/FALL 2015 REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2015 Summer and Fall semesters opens March 9, 2015. Students can find the Fall and Summer schedules on www.wesleyseminary.edu/schedule. For registration instructions please visit www.wesleyseminary.edu/Registrar/RegistrationInstructions.  If you have any questions about registering via WesleyWeb or have trouble accessing WesleyWeb, please submit a Registration Help Form or contact the Registrar’s Office at 202-885-8650.

 

ENROLLMENT VERIFICATIONS: Many scholarships and financial aid institutions requirement verification of enrollment in order to disburse funds. If you need an enrollment verification for the Spring 2015 semester, please sign and complete the Enrollment Verification form, available at www.wesleyseminary.edu/forms or in the Registrar’s Office, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. All enrollment verifications for the Spring 2015 semester will be processed after February 6, 2015 which is the end of the add/drop period.

 

DEGREE AUDITS: In light of the curriculum transition in Fall 2015, the Registrar’s Office recommends current MDiv and MTS students request a degree audit to see what requirements you have left to complete under both the current and new curriculum, should you decide to switch to the new curricular requirements. To request a degree audit, please sign and complete the Degree Audit Request form, available under the “Student Forms” section of the MyWesley website or in the Registrar’s Office. Once complete, please submit the form to the Registrar’s Office either via email at registrar@wesleyseminary.edu or in person. As current MDiv and MTS students will be able to opt into the new curricular requirements, the degree audit will show what requirements are left to complete under both curricula. The degree audit will also show any potential waivers and course equivalencies from courses already completed that may be applied to your degree plan under the new curriculum.  For more information about the new curriculum please visit: http://www.wesleyseminary.edu/en-us/communitylife/newcurriculumatwesley.aspx

 


INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSING POLICY

There may be days when Wesley Theological Seminary will need to close due to inclement weather or other situations. On those occasions, a recording will be put on the seminary’s main phone line as soon as possible after any decision regarding closings or delayed openings is made. Every effort will be made to make closing information available by 6:30 am. When weather conditions change, the decision to keep the seminary open may be modified. Therefore, you are advised to re-check just before traveling to the Seminary.

 

The WTS Main Phone line is:  202-885-8600. Press 0 once the voice recording comes on (you do not need to listen to the entire message) to connect to the WTS opening/closing status line.  Additional means for obtaining information about closings include:

 

Radio stations:                                    Television stations:               Website:

WTOP – 1500 am                                WRC 4 (24 in DC)                   www.wesleyseminary.edu

WAMU – 88.5 fm                                 WTTG Fox 5 (25 in DC)

WGMS – 103.5 fm                              WDCA 7 (27 in DC)                 

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                                                         TBD 8 (28 in DC)

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