WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS:  November 17 – 21 (23), 2014


Monday, November 17

Youth Conference, 8am - 5pm (Elderdice)

Of Sacred Worth, 12 - 1pm (K-105)

ASAH, 12 - 1:30 (Bess Jones)

Plumbline:  A Social Justice Alliance, 12:15 - 1:15 pm (Aiken)

Writing Center Seminar, 5:30 - 6:30 (Elderdice)


Tuesday, November 18

Administrative Council, 8:30 - 10 am (Bess Jones)

Community Worship: Cedric Johnson, preaching, 11 am (Oxnam Chapel)

ABS General Body Meeting, 5:15 - 6:15 pm (KG-01)


Wednesday, November 19

DEADLINE for weekly email announcements, 12 pm  (Please send nearly “print ready” information in Calibri font, 12pt to communications@wesleyseminary.edu. Thank you!)

Staff Council, 10:30 am – 12 pm (Elderdice)

Student Council, 12 – 1:30 pm (Boardroom & Wesley Downtown)

Dialogue on Solutions to Contemporary Slavery, 12:15 – 1 pm (Wesley Downtown)

Community Worship, 6:15 - 7:15 pm (Oxnam Chapel)


Thursday, November 20

Wesley Fellowship Meeting, 12 – 1 pm (Bess Jones)

Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Worship Service, 12 – 1 pm (Oxnam Chapel)

“The Gathering” sponsored by ASAH, 5 – 6 pm (KG-01)

Community Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by Student Council, 5 – 6:30 pm (Refectory)

(ASAH will sponsor crafts for children who attend the dinner-- Aiken)

KSA Prayer Service, 9:30 - 10:30 pm (Elderdice)


Friday, November 21

Prayer Service for Liberia, 12 - 12:45 pm (Oxnam Chapel)

Malagasy Church Bible Study, 7 – 10 pm (TG-09)


Saturday, November 22

Spiritual Formation Class, 9 am - 4pm (K 106)

Malagasy Church Choir Practice, 3 - 6 pm (Elderdice)

Wedding / Wedding Reception, 12 - 9 pm, includes set-up / clean-up time (Oxnam Chapel/Refectory)


Sunday, November 23

Hungarian Church, 10 am – 12 pm (Oxnam Chapel)

French Speaking Protestant Church, 9 am - 3 pm (Refectory)

Malagasy Community Church, 1:30 – 8:30 pm (Various locations)



Monday, November 24- Friday, November 28


Offices closed: Thursday and Friday (Offices might be closed Wednesday afternoon, too)


Tuesday, November 25

Email Announcements Deadline, 12 pm (due to holiday)





Plumbline is a student run Social Justice group that seeks to connect students around justice issues on and off campus.  We are particularly connected to the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN).  Please join us today, 12:15 - 1:15 pm in Aiken to discuss upcoming projects on campus.


Student Council will meet in the Board Room on Main Campus and the Multipurpose Room at Wesley Downtown on Wednesday, November 19, 12 - 1:30 pm.  Student Council meetings are open to all who wish to attend and minutes are public.  If you would like to receive updates and minutes from meetings, please let us know through this form:




Wesley Theological Seminary and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives present a “Dialogue on Solutions to Contemporary Slavery.” As we approach the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, join us on November 19 from 12:15 -1:30 pm at Wesley Downtown for a fruitful discussion reflecting on the following questions: What does the 13th Amendment mean to us today? Are we complicit in contemporary forms of slavery? Can the Church lead a modern anti-slavery movement?

Our guide for this event is Kenneth B. Morris, who is a dual direct descendent of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Come and hear about this important topic facing the 21st century church! Please RSVP to communitylife@wesleyseminary.edu by November 14. Space is limited and lunch will be served.



Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Of Sacred Worth is sponsoring a memorial service for those in our community who have suffered this brutality. Rev. Allyson Robinson from Calvary Baptist Church (located near Wesley Downtown) will be our guest speaker. Please join us on Thursday, November 20 from 12 - 12:45 pm in Oxnam Chapel.



The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be on Thursday November 20 and it will be hosted by Student Council. The meal will take place from 5 to 6:30 pm.  All members of the Wesley community are invited to enjoy this free meal in the refectory. 



We are looking for feedback on how we are doing so far this year. Please go to the following link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wts14) and provide us feedback. This survey began on November 10 and last until November 21. If you have any concerns or questions about the survey, contact Aleatra Jones via email (a.jones@sagedining.com).



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)                 Social Media:

                                                WUSA 9 (29 in DC)                  Facebook (www.facebook.com/wesleyseminary)

                                                TBD 8 (28 in DC)                     Twitter (@WesleyTheoSem)

                                                 WJZ-TV 13 Baltimore



PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS (also see the “ONGOING” section below)



Immerse yourself in faith and politics this spring with NCSS. Enroll in Wesley’s National Capital Semester for Seminarians and earn credit immersed in the ethical and spiritual dimensions of faithful political engagement. This semester-long, intensive study in ethics, theology and public policy attracts students from across the country each spring.

NCSS students engage with: the White House, the State Department, Congress, non-profit groups, denominational offices, media outlets, other faith traditions, people from across the political and theological spectrum, and people who use their ministries to impact the decisions of our nation. NCSS coursework includes opportunities to interact with policy writers and implementers, and gain hands-on experience in policy research, advocacy and implementation. Register for NCSS on WesleyWeb now.

NCSS is led by Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary to President Bill Clinton, and Kris Norris, co-author of Church Politics: How Congregations Engage (and Avoid) Politics. For more information about NCSS, contact Chip Aldridge at x8686.



The cast is almost complete but there are still opportunities to be part of the presentation of “Rejoice and Mourn – the death of martyrs”.  This chancel drama is based on “Murder in the Cathedral” by T.S.Eliot and writings by and about Archbishop Oscar Romero.  Directed by Fredericka Berger, who also prepared the script, it will be presented in Oxnam Chapel Tuesday, March 24.  No acting experience required. You can be part of this chapel presentation either by taking a one credit Directed Study or simply committing to attending all rehearsals. Rehearsals will be on Friday evenings starting January 30.  Please let me know by email (berger@umd.edu) if you are interested. I invite you to be part of mourning the deaths and rejoicing in the lives of martyrs through drama in worship. Fredericka Berger.


Assistant Director for “Rejoice and Mourn” as described above involves recording blocking, prompting, helping to organize rehearsal time and generally helping shape the production. If you are interested, please contact Fredericka Berger by email (berger@umd.edu).


JEZREEL ARCHAELOGICAL DIG/IMMERSION INTEREST MEETINGFor those students who are interested in participating in the Jezreel Archaeological Dig taking place in May - June 2015, there will be an Immersion Interest meeting taking place on Tuesday, December 2, 12 - 1:30 pm in KG-05.  Rev. Yolanda Norton, Wesley adjunct faculty, will be available to provide an overview of the immersion and answer questions you may have.  To sign up for the immersion, please stop by the PMM Office located in Suite K-107 or contact Josie Hoover at jhoover@wesleyseminary.edu or at 202-885-8558.  See you soon!



FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of the clergy during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing religious leaders today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. The 2015 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 14 to June 24, 2015. Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, December 23. Inter-faith dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program. All FASPE programs are non-denominational and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply.  FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: www.faspe.info. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Thorin R. Tritter, Ph.D., Managing Director of FASPE at ttritter@FASPE.info.




E-TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!! Students can now request certified PDF E-Transcripts and paper copies of official transcripts online at www.wesleyseminary.edu/transcripts. Current students should follow the steps to create an account and submit an order. Once your order is submitted, the system will email you with any order updates. E-Transcripts cost $8 and paper copies cost $10 and all transcripts must be paid for with a USA based credit card. Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you have any questions or have trouble accessing the site.


REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2015 IS OPEN! Registration for Spring 2015 opened October 13, 2014. The J-Term and Spring 2015 schedules can be found online at www.wesleyseminary.edu/schedule. Students can register for classes online through WesleyWeb. Before students register, they should make sure they do not have any warnings or holds on their account which will prevent registration.  For Registration instructions and additional information 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.


J-TERM REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Students can register for 2015 J-Term classes online through WesleyWeb.  Registration for J-Term closes on  December 19 due to pre-course work that must be completed by the first day of the intensive term.  Any drops after December 19 through the first day of the class must be made by using a paper Registration Form and will incur a $100 late drop fee.  No drops are allowed in intensive classes after the first day of the class.


GRADUATION APPLICATIONS ARE PAST DUE! Graduation applications were due October 15, 2014. Any student intending to graduate in May 2015 must sign and complete a Graduation Application. Both the Masters and DMin Graduation Application forms can be found in the Registrar’s Office or online under the “Student Forms” section of the MyWesley website. If you have not submitted a Graduation Application and intend to graduate in May 2015, please do so as soon as possible.


DEGREE AUDITS: In light of the curriculum transition in Fall 2015, the Registrar’s Office recommends that if you are a current MDiv and MTS student that you 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.





The Wesley 12 Step Fellowship will meet again this semester for those who are members of AA, NA, CMA, SLA, OA, DA, AL-ANON, ACOA, or other Twelve Step program. Anyone interested in attending should email wesley12stepfellowship@gmail.com for the location and time of the meeting.



KSA Prayer Service is held on every Thursday, 9:30 - 10:30 pm in Elderdice this semester. The services are in Korean. 



The Library, Mailroom & Copy Center and seminary offices are closed during community worship on Tuesdays, 11 am - 12 pm.



Business Office, M - F, 9 am – 12 pm & 1 – 4:30 pm (closed Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm)

Registrar’s Office, M - F, 9 am – 12 pm & 1 – 4:30 pm (closed Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm)



Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 10:30 pm (closed Tuesdays, 11 am - 12 pm)

Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday: 10 am -5 pm (check website, Library not open every Saturday)

Sunday: closed

Doors may be locked 10 minutes prior to posted closing times. 

Call the Library at 202-885-8695 for the most up-to-date hours information.



Monday – Friday:  8:30 am – 12 pm & 1 – 6:30 pm (closed Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 p m)



Monday - Thursday

Lunch:  12 - 1:30 pm (soup & salad $6.50; full meal $9)

Dinner:  5 - 6:30 pm (soup & salad $6.50; full meal $9)


WESLEY STORE (a room across from the base of the refectory stairs)

Monday 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Thursday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 pm



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