The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

News From the Field

Clergy Mentor Meeting Feb. 19, 2014

Please join us at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, for a day of focus to growing your strengths in ministry as a mentor with seminarians in field education. You may see the agenda here.

We will be distributing iPad minis to those clergy mentors without iPads or tablet and who are currently partnered with a student. If you have an Apple ID and password, please bring it so we can set it up for you. If you currenly own an iPad or tablet, please bring that with you to the meeting.

In the morning, you’ll be with our current group of students along with Gallup’s StrengthsFinder Coach, Kim Heitzenrater, director of career and leadership development at the University of the South. 

In the afternoon, you’ll hear from the founder of the Clergy Leadership Institute, the Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle.

Gallup, Inc.’s more than 75 years of experience that reaches across the world has focused on the science of strengths to help millions of people discover what they do best. They are now turning that expertise in our direction, inspiring faith leaders to transform their communities and change the world!

From the the Rev. Kammy Young, director of contextual education — “Over 20 years ago Linda Grenz led a strategic planning retreat for St. Mark’s in Jacksonville, Fla. and said one simple sentence that changed my life: “What you give attention to grows.” It has becoame a daily mantra and prayer to ask myself what I hope to see grow in a person, a situation, a meeting and then make choices to give that my attention.  The squeaky wheel doesn’t always get the grease anymore.  Working in areas that use my strengths and address my strongest values and interest are usually a better choice than working really hard to become mediocre in areas that are weak for me.”

'Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.'  (Philippians 4.8)

Field Education Partnership Prize

A monthly prize has been established to highlight accomplishments within the field education program. January's recognition goes to those adventurous souls who are willing to pursue their learning goals in formation as priests by traveling to the ends of the earth (at least if you consider Sewanee the center of the universe, as some are wont to do!)

January 2014 prizes are awarded to the following:

  • Richmond Jones, T'15, from the Diocese of Atlanta, learning with the Rev. Hendree Harrison, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Athens, Tenn.
  • Nancee Cekuta, T'15, also from the Diocese of Atlanta, partnered with the Rev. David Dill.
  • Kemper Anderson, T'15, the third from the Diocese of Atlanta, who travels all the way to St. Peter’s in Rome (Georgia, that is) and is mentored by the Rev. John Herring alongside our former dean of community life, the Rev. Nikki Mathis.

We especially honor those students and mentors who are willing to engage powerful Spirit-filled partnerships no matter how far away they may take you!

'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’  (Acts 1.8)

Mission Enterprize Zone Grant

The Diocese of Alabama received a grant for a new initiative titled “Be the Change Alabama.” The grant from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of The Episcopal Church represents a unique partnership among three church organizations: the Diocese of Alabama and its committed parishes; The School of Theology and its students in ministry formation; and the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) with its solid record of similar work with congregations in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

“This initiative demonstrates how a lay training center located in a seminary can forge the partnerships necessary at the national, diocesan, and congregational levels for our church to “be the change,” explained the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of The School of Theology.

Read the full press release here.

Enough About Me...

The youth minister at one of the churches Kammy Young served was famous for making her laugh, when she would be talking to him about something, by politely interrupting and saying, “well, enough about you, let’s talk about me!” So in the spirit of mutuality, assuming that perhaps you’ve heard enough about what’s important to her and the contextual education program, here are some things that are purely for YOU!

  • Fowler Center: Don’t forget that as a field education mentor you can use your University ID card to use any of the facilities at the athletic center on campus.
  • Bookstore: You also receive a discount on the purchase of books at the Sewanee bookstore when you show your University ID card.
  • Colleague group: We’re exploring regional colleague groups facilitated by a professional of your choosing in your area. Please either speak to Kammy or post your thoughts/interest on the Field Ed Mentor Discussion Board on Blackboard.
  • Resources on Blackboard: Speaking of Blackboard, don’t forget that you have access to all the readings, videos, PowerPoint slide shows, etc. that are used in class. If you are still not sure how to access them, we’ll have a 15 minute orientation at 1p.m. as part of our 2014 Mentor Day this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
  • The School of Theology website: In addition to the resources that can be found on the School's website, the contextual education program has a dedicated section that will continue to expand.