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September 13, 2022

Greetings SFTS Community,

We are pleased to launch the SFTS Hub — an experiment in creating a digital space where we can feel like one community no matter where we are in the world! We are hoping that it will be a place for social interaction, sharing our lives and work so that we can sense the amazing people that ARE the heart of San Francisco Theological Seminary!

Our two hosts for this experiment are Dr. Marcia McFee (faculty) and Ryan Knauber (student). Over this semester we will be noticing how people are engaging and taking suggestions about what we can create together. We are starting simple and will grow organically.

Look for an email today with more information from Ryan Knauber!  If you have questions, please feel free to email him at

From the Dean's Office

Reminder: Late registration ends this Friday at 5pm (sharp – it’s automated).

For all students who are anticipating graduating this May 2023, please make plans to contact the Assistant Dean, Ruth T. West for a program requirement review. Access to graduation applications will open up later this Fall.

University Strategic Planning

From President Krista Newkirk's Office:
My top priority in my first year as your president has been to engage you in meaningful discussions about what makes the University of Redlands unique and special, as well as opportunities to evolve as an institution to attract new students and serve them even better. This week, we have new opportunities for you to engage in the next phase of our strategic planning:

Join the All Student Town Hall
Thursday, September 29
12:15 – 1:15 Via Zoom

In preparation for our discussions this week, we invite you to visit our new Strategic Planning website where you can find a draft framework document that we can use as springboards for conversation.  Please note, you will need to log into your MyRedlands account to view the page.  These documents contain your input distilled into a draft visionary framework for the strategic plan, including a revised draft of our mission statement, our shared culture, values and five-year goals and objectives. We hope you will join in!

 The Chaplain's Office & Worship Team


Chapel Services – Introduction of Seminary Singers!

Enjoy our music Wednesdays:   12:00pm - 12:25pm, Montgomery Chapel

All are welcome to join Seminary Singers!
Seminary Singers (RA-1709) can be taken for credit or for the joy of it. I promise that singing for 1 hour once a week will delight your soul! We will sing at various events and celebrations on campus and around the Bay Area. Seminary Singers meets on Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:25 pm, Montgomery Chapel.

Welcome Rev. Dr. Hall!
We are very fortunate to have the Rev. Dr. Nancy Hall serving this semester as Director of the SFTS Seminary Singers. Rev. Dr. Hall is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA. She is emeritus faculty at Berkeley School of Theology (formerly American Baptist Seminary of the West), of the Graduate Theological Union, where she was Associate Professor of Ministry and Congregational Music & Director of Contextual Education, teaching from 1989 to 2019. A member of the ministry staff at First Baptist Church of Berkeley since 1984, she served as Pastor and Musician from 2009 to 2022. Nancy received her MDiv from ABSW in 1980 and her DMin from SFTS in 1995.

We are pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Hall as preacher this Wednesday, September 14th.      

A Service of Poetry and Communal Support
Friday, Sept. 16th, 12:00pm - 12:25pm, (Virtual)  

Campus Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)
CDI for University of Redlands has published the Diversity and Inclusion Events Fall 2022 schedule; please visit the CDI events page at to see the full schedule. There are many virtual opportunities to participate. The goal is to move the needle forward in the areas of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice, and Building Community.

Chaplaincy Concentration or CPE Program?
For more information contact Laurie or Paul at the

Pastoral Care
Paul Gaffney, Lucas Walker, and Laurie Garrett-Cobbina are available for pastoral care. Please contact the Chaplain’s Office at or to schedule an appointment or learn more about services that support student well-being.  

Join Me for Bible Study and the Sabbath

Hi SFTS community,

The new Presbyterian Women (PW) bible study is about Sabbath. In considering my own need for this, I had a wild thought that there might be some members of SFTS students/staff/faculty that might also be interested in being curious together about Sabbath in this way. I would be facilitating but not teaching.

We would meet once per month (online or in-person if there’s a consensus) for 9 months, October – June. The Dean’s office will purchase the workbooks for up to 20 people. Interested folks should let me know by September 21st so I can order supplies.

I hope you can join me.


The Library

SFTS Library Hours for September
Monday - Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Need help with research, using library resources or search strategies? Reach out to Stephanie for an appointment in-person, by phone (415-451-2848), email (, chat (Teams, the library website chat), or Zoom. You can also drop-in during open hours. 

Upcoming Library Workshops

  • Zotero in-person - Wednesday 09/14 at 2-3 pm  (in the Collaborative Learning Space @GTU) 
  • Make-up Orientation online - Thursday, 09/15 at 10 am  (in zoom room 895-3193-9975) 
  • Biblical Exegesis online - Monday 09/19 at 11 am -12 noon (in zoom room 510-649-2501) 
  • Zotero online – Tuesday 09/20 at 3-4 pm (in zoom room 898-3670-5703) 
  • Zotero online – Thursday 09/22 at 3-4 pm (in zoom room 898-3670-5703) 
  • Zotero in-person - Wednesday 09/28 at 1-2 PM (in the Collaborative Learning Space @GTU) 
  • Biblical Exegesis in person – Wednesday 10/05 at 2-3 pm (in the Collaborative Learning Space @GTU)

Want to work in the library?
Are you available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings? Please read the job description and apply here:

From the GTU—Upcoming Events

Holy Grounds is our place for advocacy, respite, and renewal for all members of the GST community. We hope you are enjoying the regular food deliveries we receive every Monday. 

Please remember to observe the following COVID precautions:

  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit - it is located to right of the entry door 
  • Lock up after every use - The lock is a little tricky so please make sure it's securely locked and latched when you leave
  • Check with HG manager regarding donations of clothing, furniture, and shoes

    For help or information contact:
    Holy Grounds Manager: Ryley Moore
    Email Address: