Admissions Newsletter March 2014

March 27, 2014

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Accepting Applications for Fall 2014

Brite continues to accept applications for Fall 2014 to the M.Div., M.T.S., M.A.T.M. and C.T.S. programs through July 7.

Generous financial aid is available for all programs.

THE ARTHUR VINING DAVIS FOUNDATIONS FELLOWSHIP 
Brite Divinity School is pleased to announce an additional Master of Divinity fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations fellowship includes full tuition plus a $10,000 annual stipend for three years of fulltime Master of Divinity study. This special award will be granted for matriculation in the 2014-15 academic year (fall or spring). Application deadline: May 1, 2014. Applicants who do not win this award will be considered for other merit scholarship funding.For an application and to schedule an interview, please call Brite Admissions at 817-257-7513 or contact us at www.brite.edu.

PROFESSOR WARREN CARTER AWARDED THE JOHN G. GAMMIE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD
Brite Divinity School is pleased to announce that Professor of New Testament Warren Carter has been awarded the John G. Gammie Distinguished Scholar Award. This award is given annually by the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies (SWCRS) to a scholar who is “recognized by their peers nationally or internationally for the quality and importance of his or her work.” First awarded in 1985, previous Brite recipients of the award are Eugene Boring, William R. Baird, Leo Perdue, and Toni Craven.

DR. WIL GAFNEY TO JOIN BRITE DIVINITY SCHOOL FACULTY
Brite Divinity School is pleased to announce that Dr. Wil Gafney will join the Brite faculty as Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible in the fall of 2014. Dr. Gafney is an ordained Episcopal priest, has experience as a military chaplain, and is invested in inter-religious conversation. Dr. Gafney is coming to Brite from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where she has held a faculty position since 2003.

BRITE DIVINITY SCHOOL WELCOMES REV. DR. ROGER WEDELL Brite Divinity School is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Roger Wedell as the Program Director for the Lily Foundation Financial Well Being grant.

A DAY AT BRITE: PREACHING THROUGH ORDINARY TIME
On March 24th Brite hosted the Inaugural Day at Brite. More than 45 particpants joined Dr. Warren Carter and Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson for an exploration of the gospel of Matthew with an eye toward preaching through the season of Pentecost (or Ordinary time).The workshop examined themes from Matthew from the combined perspectives of biblical scholarship and homiletics with practical applications.

AN EVENING WITH DR. ESTHER MOMBO
Visiting Luce Scholar, Dr. Esther Mombo, will speak on issues related to her teaching and ministry. Dr. Mombo is the Henry R. Luce International Scholar and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya. Join us on March 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Bass Conference Center. All are welcome!

FINANCIAL WELL-BEING WORKSHOPS
The Brite Student Association and the Lilly Endowment Project on Financial Well-Being are partnering together to present a series financial well-being workshops for students. On March 27th, they presented a workshop on clergy taxes featuring attorney Martha Johnson. On April 17th, they will present workshop on salary negotiations featuring Rev. Larry Thomas. 

THE FAITHFUL STRUGGLE TO FORGIVE
Forgiveness is part of the journey of faith for many Christians. It is, on the one hand, something that compels us toward right relationships and justice. On the other hand, forgiveness is hard work that requires energy, spiritual integrity, and honesty. Forgiveness is not a fix for our relationships; rather it is a process one moves through. This seminar will engage participants in wrestling with the call of forgiveness in our lives even as it seeks to unpack the complexity of forgiveness in diverse contexts and situations. The day is designed to help people of faith discern how best to respond to individual, interpersonal, and communal pain and injustice through the work of forgiveness.

ALLIANCE OF BAPTISTS DAY
Brite Divinity School is excited to celebrate Alliance of Baptists Day on Monday, April 7th. Join us for a conversation with Rev. Cody J. Sanders and Rev. Paula Clayton Dempsey and a public lecture by Rev. Sanders about his book “Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians can Learn from LGBTQ Lives.” 

SEMINARY FAIR
Brite Divinity School is excited to be attending Orlando’s largest Seminary graduate school fair on Thursday, April 10th from 6pm-8pm at the Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please visit seminaryfair.com or call 407-482-7570.

GLAAD ALLIANCE FEATURES BRITE’S EXHIBIT AT CREATING CHANGE 
“Brite Divinity School, the first seminary on GLAAD’s list of Open & Affirming Ministries, exhibited this past January at Creating Change. Creating Change is the national conference on LGBT equality sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.”