Friday, January 30, 2015 • Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 83



The New Jim Crow

As part of the Anti-Racism Workshop, students were given a copy of the book "The New Jim Crow", by Michelle Alexander, whose subtitle describes well the theme of the book: "Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." The students were asked to read the book over the course of the semester, and then there will be a book discussion the morning of May 14. I want to extend the opportunity to read and discuss this important book [and learn how to conduct a book discussion like this in the parish!] to the whole community. To that end, a limited number of books are available for purchase in the dean's office for $12.00. Otherwise, the book is also available for order on Amazon. If you want to take advantage of this great opportunity, pick up the book & start reading. You won't regret it! For questions, contact Dr. Largen (


Please consider joining the Seminary Choir for the Spring Semester! Members are expected at every rehearsal, but commuters/folks with work obligations may still sing if they can make even 2 of the 4 rehearsals weekly which are: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:55-1:25pm and Wednesdays from 1:25-1:55pm. The Seminary Choir is a great way to work with a wonderful group of folks providing an crucial service to our community's worship life and enjoy a recreational break from the stresses of student life! Rehearsals begin Monday, Feb. 2. Please contact Dr. Folkemer in person or at


Our Seminary Brass Ensemble is always looking for more folks to join in the fun! We rehearse Mondays from 1:30-2:30pm, in the chapel basement. All players from advanced beginner level upwards are welcome! Please contact Dr. Folkemer in person or at The first rehearsal will be Monday, Feb. 9.

Alumni Council on campus

Please welcome members of the Alumni Council who will be meeting on campus Friday, Jan. 30. The purpose of the Alumni Association is to promote closer relationships with graduates, the Seminary, and our current students. Representatives of the Alumni Council welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

The Ridge Players

The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum is pleased to announce the debut season of The Ridge Players, the museum's interactive theater program. Offered on weekends during the busy season, the program will engage all of the museum's audiences, including school children. We hope that you will share the audition notice with anyone who might be interested in the roles we have available. And please let us know if you have any questions or if you need additional information. You can reach Pete Miele, education coordinator, at 717-339-1353 or via email at 

Baxter Ordination

All are invited to the ordination of Cynthia Baxter, on Saturday, Jan. 31, at St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church (700 Krider's Cemetery Road, Wesminster, MD), at 2pm. Baxter has been called to serve as pastor of Rider Lutheran Church in West Sunbury, PA. Clergy and lay roster leaders are invited to vest-- the color of the day is red. All are welcome!

Junior student needed for Intern Matching Workshop

A first-year M.Div. student is needed to help with Intern Matching Workshop evening social hour on Thursday, Feb. 12. It's a great way to meet future supervisors! Contact Katie Dodds in Field Ed. office for more information or to express your interest.

Health and Wellness Retreat

Mark your calendars for the Health and Wellness Retreat for Consortium Students on Saturday, Mar. 7, from 8:30am-3:30pm, at Virginia Theological Seminary. Explore Spirituality and Wellness, Personal Wellness Plan, Yoga and health, Mindful Eating, Improv-Comedy and more! The day includes lunch. If you are interested, please email Dr. Largen (

Essay Contest

The Ecumenical Committee and Consortium Student Board invite submissions to the Eighth annual Ecumenical Essay Contest. Topics for the essay should emphasize one of the following: an academic exploration of the history, theology, or dialogues of the Ecumenical Movement, be they multi-ecclesial/denominational or bilateral between two churches or traditions; or, an aspect of practical ecumenism or spiritual ecumenism, including local to national efforts or international efforts to expand ecumenical dialogue, shared spiritual practice, and/or education. Essay should be between 12-18 pages (double spaced), and should be a graduate level paper. Submissions will be accepted electronically until April 30, 2015, and should be sent to Winners will receive a monetary reward, public recognition and publication, either online or in the Eastern Churches Journal. For more information and paper guidelines please visit:

Chaplain Visit

Navy Chaplain Ben Garrett will be in the coffee shop on Friday, Jan. 30, 9am-2:30pm. Anyone interested in learning about the chaplaincy is welcome to stop.

Spring Meal Plan

Please notify the Events/Housing office if you would like to be on the spring semester meal plan. The plan costs $355/semester and covers all lunches when classes are in session. Full time Aberly Hall residents are required to be on the plan.

Student briefing on new curriculum

Please plan to attend the student briefing on the new curriculum on February 6th at 1:00pm in Valentine Auditorium #115.