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Weekly Edition October 19, 2020


As campus life settles into fall semester and we acclimate – at least for the time being – to new norms, the Dean's office would like to highlight the update below from the Director of Field Ed. It’s a bit outside of the norms – and it is good news! For the first time in years, several paid field education positions (also known as “internships”) are available. This is a very exciting development for students moving into their Field Ed experience, however if these positions are not filled by FE-4011 students, they may well be available for others looking for paid church work. Do reach out to Linda Lane-Bortell to explore these opportunities.

Reminder of the following important dates:

  • Registration for Intersession is now open (October 5-November 30) Please use your self-service module on MyRedlands to self register
  • Reading week is October 26-30. There will be no online classes this week
  • Early Registration for Spring Semester runs November 9-20

For other important dates - you may find the University of Redlands Academic Calendar on the GST website here. The GTU Academic Calendar, which is slightly different, may be found here.

As always, the Dean's office and Student Services are available as needed to answer questions that arise. 

Please keep in mind that, now through the Thanksgiving Holiday, MOST offices on all campuses (including the Dean's and Student Services) are closed Friday afternoons from noon-5pm. 

If you would like to have something announced in this newsletter, please contact Renee Hassle in the Dean's office via email. Deadline to submit your article or information is the Thursday before publish date of Monday.


  • Are you contemplating fulfilling your internship requirement in 2021?
  • Are you dreaming of a paid internship?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, I’m here to help.

Your first step toward securing an internship in 2021 (and especially if you want to receive a stipend) is to fill out this Internship Questionnaire and return it to the Rev. Linda Lane-Bortell, Director of Field Education at linda_lanebortell@redlands.edu. Since stepping into this position in February of 2020, I have been reaching out to my colleagues to solicit paid internship sites. Currently, I have four PC(USA) congregations seeking interns and offering wages. If you are interested in exploring these possibilities send me your resume along with this Questionnaire, and I will be in touch.

Tuesday We will gather for midday prayer at noon, outside of Lower Alexander. There will be music, psalm, scripture and prayer. The service will last approximately 15 minutes.

Wednesday the chaplain's office will host a labyrinth walk on Geneva Terrace from 6:30pm-7:30pm. We will have resource on hand to teach you more about the spiritual practice of walking the labyrinth and people will be available for individual prayer.

Friday We will gather at noon for a service of worship via zoom. Dr. Farley will preach for this last week in our series on Beauty. A link to join will be sent on Friday morning. 

If you would like to participate in worship leadership, offer your artistic or musical gifts, have a pastoral care need or just want to say hello, send Interim Chaplain, Allie Utley an email or schedule a meeting via my bio page.

Be sure and check out Safety Requirements for Social Gatherings on Marin Campus here.


Are you or someone you know interested in learning about Clinical Pastoral Education? If so, please join us for a virtual CPE Day @ the GTU Wednesday, October 21. More info may be found here.


The GTU library added hundreds of e-books to our collection this year. Discover books on ministry, activism, social justice, sociology, theology, and much more in the EBSCO e-book collection (see it on the Electronic Resources page). While it is our largest collection of e-books, it also takes a little finesse to get the sections you need. Consult the librarians’ guide on e-book tips and tricks to familiarize yourself with EBSCO and the other e-book providers, which include JSTOR, Project Muse and Brill. You can download chapters and even file them in your Zotero library. If you need assistance with e-books or with creating a book chapter entry in your Zotero library, please chat or email with a librarian. 

In other e-book news, did you know that the UR Armacost Library has a blog? Check out their selected e-books on the mid-Autumn festival



Are you curious what the alumni and friends of SFTS are up to? Check out this Virtual event and Weekend of giving October 24, 2020.


This student-centered coffeehouse is a place of fellowship, inclusivity, hospitality, respite, and renewal on the University of Redlands Marin Campus. Our food bank is open and free to our campus community, where we provide fresh and shelf-sustainable foods, school supplies, hygiene items, furniture, bedding, kitchen utensils, and more. All are welcome on the Marin Campus: current students, staff, and faculty living on campus, commuting to campus, and studying on campus. Children are welcome and must be supervised.

Holy Grounds Manager: Chitoka Webb
Phone Number: 319-383-9066
Email Address: chitoka_webb@redlands.edu
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We have so many social media pages, our cup runneth over! We are currently in the process of consolidating Facebook groups—if you are a member of the SFTS Staff Students group, it will be going away soon. Going forward, we will be posting to the Holy Grounds group. This will be for current students, staff and faculty only. Please join the Holy Grounds Group by November 1. We will post messages on both sites with reminders—thank you!