The week after Thanksgiving, I was privileged to be a member of the Regional Conference Presidents’ team who visited with Dr. Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference on November 28, 2018.
Briefly, I would describe the discussions as candid, civil, and broad reaching. The topics of conversation covered the recent vote on the compliance document, the role of women in ministry, issues of representation at the General Conference, and our position on social justice as ministry. A fuller description of the meeting with Elder Wilson can be found on the Office of Regional Conference Ministries website.
Administrators’ Meeting with Advent Health Senior Executives
After leaving the meeting at the General Conference, Dr. Dedrick Blue and I connected in Orlando for a meeting with Drs. Ted Hamilton, Senior Vice President for Mission and Ministries, and Jay Perez, Vice President for Chaplain Services, at Advent Health, regarding the Oakwood University School of Religion Chaplaincy Program. We expressed gratitude to Advent Health for its intentionality in hiring ministerial theology graduates from OU, and to encourage the continued hiring of Oakwood graduates into Advent Health. Additionally, Advent Health continues to be a tremendous blessing to our School of Business in hiring our business graduates, and we explored ways to strengthen the relationship to the School of Religion.
#GivingTuesday Goal Exceeded
Thank you for your generosity to the University on #GivingTuesday. Congratulations to the Office of Advancement for reaching and exceeding the $25,000 goal by raising $26,000 in one day. Every unrestricted dollar raised is directed toward student scholarships, especially for seniors who are planning to march in the May 2019 graduation ceremonies.
MAPS History Made—The MAPS Program Delivered through Distance Technology
Dr. Trevor Fraser, Program Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) program, and his staff began using distance learning technology on November 27, 2018. This technology will be used to deliver MAPS graduate classes to students on the West Coast, as well as to those in the classroom. I found this to be an enjoyable delivery modality which provided great interaction with our class members.
Presidents’ 2018 Report Available Online
One of the things I enjoy most about serving at Oakwood is the blessing of sharing all of the good news taking place at Oakwood University. As you can see from our publications such as inside/Oakwood and the Oakwood Magazine, God is blessing our students in powerful ways. Click here to see a virtual copy of the President’s 2018 Report.