WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS:  December 1 – 7 (9), 2014


Monday, December 1

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

Plumbline, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (Bess Jones)


Tuesday, December 2

Community Worship: Lessons and Carols, 11 am (Oxnam Chapel)

Jezreel Immersion Interest Meeting, 12 – 1 pm (KG-05)

Community Worship led by the Association of Black Seminarians (ABS), 5:15 - 6:15 pm (Oxnam Chapel)


Wednesday, December 3

DEADLINE for weekly email announcements, 12 pm (Please send nearly “print ready” information in Calibri font, 11pt to communications@wesleyseminary.edu. Thank you!)

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

Gullah Immersion meeting, 5 - 6:30 pm (KG-05)

Senior Integrative Seminar for MA students, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (K-105)

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


Thursday, December 4

Wesley Fellowship, 12 – 1:20 pm (Bess Jones)

The Raising Awareness Panel on Homelessness co-sponsored by ASAH & Wesley Downtown, 4:30 pm (KG-106)

Studio Open House, 4 – 6 pm (Art Studio--KG-06)

Academic Planning Session, 5 – 8:30 pm (Elderdice)

Faith & Politics Society Meeting, 5 – 6:15 pm (K-105)

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


Friday, December 5

“Write-In,” Starting at 9 am (Boardroom)


Saturday, December 6

“Write-In,” Starting at 9 am (Elderdice)

French Speaking Protestant Church Christmas Bazaar, 10 am - 5 pm (Refectory)

Malagasy Community Choir Rehearsal, 2 – 6 pm (TG-09)

Drama Read-Through “Rehearsal,” 3:30 - 5:30 pm (K-114)


Sunday, December 7

French Speaking Protestant Church, 10:30 am - 1 pm (Oxnam Chapel and Narthex)

Malagasy Community, 3 – 8:30 pm (TG-09 & Refectory)




Monday - Friday, December 8 - 12

Final Week of Classes/Exams

“De-Stress Fest” sponsored by Wesley Resident Managers


Tuesday, December 9

Community Prayer Service, 11 am (Oxnam Chapel)





When:  Starting THIS Wedneseday, 12 pm sharp!

Where:  Communications@wesleyseminary.edu.

The Wednesday 12 pm deadline for the Weekly Announcements is now a “hard” deadline—no announcements will be accepted for the following week’s email  dispatch if received after 12 pm Wednesday; announcements received after 12 pm Wednesday will be included in the week after the next’s distribution.  Although we have tried to include late announcements in the past, due to more time-sensitive project demands on staff and students who work on the Weekly Announcements, we can no longer offer to edit / adjust announcements to accommodate late arrivals.  Also, please be sure announcements are as “print ready” as possible (more guidelines about this are forthcoming).  Our target time for sending out the Weekly Announcements is now between 10 am and 12 pm on Mondays.  We hope that with the above practices in place this will be possible.   Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation.



When: Starting today and into the future!

Where:  Main Campus, Kresge Building, Commuter Student Lounge (next to the door & other recycling containers)

There is a recycling bucket / container in the commuter student lounge (lounge area next to the mailroom) labeled to receive batteries.  Please bring in your used batteries so that they can be recycled.



When:  Now - December 12 

Where:  Collection boxes are in the following locations at Main Campus:  KG-01 foyer; Narthex outside Oxnam Chapel, NRH (1st Floor Lobby), and Straughn (1st Floor Lobbies). 

The Wesley Fellowship is leading a collection of Winter Clothing Items for our un-housed neighbors near our Downtown location, partnering with Asbury UMC and Mount Vernon Place UMC to distribute the items to the members of their community who are in need.  The collection is on-going until the end of the semester. Please donate new or gently used winter clothes, blankets, gloves, towels, socks, long underwear and other items. This drive is co-sponsored by ABS, ASAH, and Plumbline.  Thank you in advance for your support.



When:  TODAY!  (Monday, December 1)

Where:  Main Campus, Kresge Building, K-105

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 (Monday, December 1) from 12 - 1 pm in K-105 to discuss upcoming projects on campus.



When:  Tuesday, December 2, 12 - 1:30 pm

Where:  Main Campus, Kresge Building, KG-05

This is an interest meeting for those students who are interested in participating in the Jezreel Archaeological Dig taking place in May-June 2015. The 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 202-885-8558.  See you soon!



When:   4:30 pm, Thursday, December 4  

Where:  Main Campus - Kresge Building, K-106

JOIN ASAH, Wesley Downtown, Plumbline, and Faith & Politics for the Unhoused Citizens Awareness Project's Raising Awareness Panel (RAP) on homelessness. LEARN about Street Sense, the newspaper that provides homeless individuals a platform for expression, information on programs and services, and jobs as Street Sense Vendors. HEAR, first-hand, the stories and spoken word poetry of Street Sense Vendors and what the paper has meant to them. EXPLORE how you can make a difference in the lives of the homeless, as an individual and/or in affiliation with a religious, nonprofit, or for-profit organization.  This event is free; however we will be accepting donations for the Street Sense Vendors during lunch and dinner (December 1 - Dec 4) and during the Dec 4th event. All funds will go toward for the purchase of 150 document bags in which Street Sense Vendors can safely store their papers. Thank you in advance for your support!



When:  Thursday, December 4, 5 - 6:15 pm,

Where:  Main Campus--Kresge Building, Bess Jones (small dining room in Refectory)

The Faith & Politics Society will meet  to share snacks and dialogue about where we see ourselves being active in 2015 and beyond as a Society and as individuals yearning to minister in love to a beautiful world while also supporting, The Raising Awareness Panel (RAP) on Homelessness with Student Council group, ASAHWe will also begin planning out trip to Ferguson and a few other places for winter/ spring 2015.  On Friday, December 5, at 5 pm we will gather near the Rayburn House Office Building to pass out lunches and share a meal with our unhoused and hungry brothers and sisters.    



When:  Thursday, December 4, 4 - 6 pm

Where:  Main Campus, Kresge Building, Art Studio (KG-06)

Ever wonder what happens in the studio classes? At the end of each semester, the Center hosts and informal "opening" in the studio for the students who worked with our Artists-In-Residence. This semester the students worked with Cecilia (Cis) Rossey and Ellen Winkler. With Cis, students learned the basics of encaustics, an ancient painting technique involving pigment in wax; with Ellen they learned the basic techniques of monotype, a form of printmaking. Students in our practicum classes will have the opportunity to display their projects and share about their experience in the studio on Light refreshments will be served.



When:  Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6

Where:  Friday--the Boardroom; Saturday--Elderdice  (both Main Campus, Kresge Building)

Come foster the discipline of writing through communal and moral support by signing up for (at least) 1 hour of writing to work on final papers and exams on Friday, December 5th  in the Boardroom and Saturday, December 6th in Elderdice. The Director of the Writing Center, Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton, will be on site to provide feedback and support. For more information, please visit the Office of Community Life at http://www.wesleyseminary.edu/communitylife!



When:  Saturday, December 6, 10 am - 4 pm

Where:  Main Campus, Kresge Building, Refectory

The French Speaking Protestant Church, a church which meets weekly at the seminary,  invites the entire Wesley community to its International French Bazaar.   The Bazaar will include:  MULTIPLE STANDS--Books, Comics and DVDs in French, Flea Market, beautiful items, Jewelry, accessories, gifts, toys and  French posters; A SILENT AUCTION;  FRENCH CUISINE / TASTY TREATS--boeuf bourguignon, choucroute, quiches, cheeses, baguettes, French pastries and sweets; A WARM AND FESTIVE AMBIANCE; and LIVE MUSICIANS!   For more details:  click here.


“DE-STRESS FEST!”  Sponsored by the Wesley Resident Managers for YOU!

When:   Monday - Friday, December 8 - 14

Where:  Various locations-- see below, upcoming flyers and next week’s announcements…

Feeling stressed? Need a nice relaxing break?  A “De-Stress Fest” will be brought to you by the Resident managers during Finals Week.  Opportunities/activities/events offered will include a Labyrinth, Prayer & Mediation Stations AND Therapy Dogs!  Please see upcoming flyers and next weeks’ announcements for specific times and locations as well as additional activities.  We hope you will take time to be refreshed and re-centered during a time that can be stressfully chaotic.  (As of right now, the Labyrinth and Prayer/Meditation stations will be in the Board Room throughout the week and the Therapy Dogs will be in Elderdice Hall at various times but starting at 2:30 pm on Monday).





When:  Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Actual FASPE dates:  June 14 - 24, 2015

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. 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.





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 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.



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 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 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.



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.





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



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)



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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