Community Life Resources
Committee for Diversity and Reconciliation
Originally founded by Dean Emeritus William Stafford as the Committee for a New Day, this committee initially focused on historic issues of race and racism. The Committee for Diversity and Reconciliation continues to lead the community in discussions around these issues, but has expanded its engagement of faculty and students in broadening its scope of work to include a range of critical social issues, such as discrimination based on gender, age, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and disability. Listening sessions during the Advent semester will determine the direction of the committee's work in the coming year.
This is a standing committee of the School of Theology and it is charged with deepening the education and conversation of this community concerning the sins of prejudice and discrimination of all kinds. In the context of God’s creation and reconciliation of humankind, it seeks to:
- develop and implement ways to foster a change of mind and heart in and beyond this community
- widen the presence and participation of under-represented groups throughout The School of Theology
- promote changes to our structures and culture so that we may be a more adequate sign and instrument of God’s reign.”
Ministry formation is in itself an exercise in diversity training, one that lies at the heart of the residential theological experience in Sewanee. Living in close community with a varied student population prepares priests and church leaders for full engagement with the diversity of today’s Church and the modern world.
This committee plans, coordinates, and executes service events through which members of the seminary community can witness to and live out their call to proclaim the Good News and to share their resources of time, money, and talent with persons in need. Projects are in response to local, national, and international communities.
The recently established Community Engagement Fellows program gives students an opportunity to develop a ministry that seeks to more fully integrate community service, social justice, advocacy and faith, in order to deepen the engagement of the School with the broader community. Fellows in this program extend the reach of the School that include working with local agencies to help raise awareness of hunger, collecting food and supplies, training individuals in life skills who are victims of domestic violence, and mentoring prison inmates. The goal of all of the initiatives that are led by the fellows is the establishment of a network of community volunteer opportunities for seminary students, faculty, and staff.
Beginning in 2014, the School of Theology has been named annually as one of the “Seminaries That Change The World,” a consortium of seminaries and divinity schools that work together to transform the culture of theological education through the integration of community service, justice ministry, and advocacy throughout curricular and extracurricular life.
Pastoral Care Committee
The Pastoral Care Committee supports the life of the seminary through a multi-leveled approach that is holistic by addressing the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the community. This committee unites the community through common prayer requests of students, faculty, and staff that brings awareness of the concerns of the community while offering the emotional support. These prayer requests are published weekly and are prayed for personally in homes and corporately in chapel services. This committee recognizes the connection between physical wellbeing and spiritual health and encourages student-lead initiatives that attend to the overall health of the entire seminary community. The Pastoral Care Committee is actively engaged in both traditional and innovative methods for addressing the pastoral needs of the entire seminary community.
Spouses may participate in the School of Theology work program by assisting staff and faculty with various projects and assignments.
Hiring for non-teaching positions at the University is handled through University Office of Human Resources.
All employees of the University (temp, work-study, regular staff) are subject to prescreening. Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and drug screening. This process usually takes about three to four days but can take up to three weeks.
For teaching jobs, here are the primary and secondary schools in the area:
Franklin County School Board *
Marion County School Board *
Grundy County School Board *
St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School
Good Shepherd Catholic School
* Requires Tennessee Certification
Applications are available at Department of Education, Teacher Education and Certification, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243, 615.741.5158.
Local Departments of Employment
The Tennessee Dept. of Employment Security in Tullahoma (111 E. Lincoln St., 931.962.1147) and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce 931.967.6788 can provide you with employment information in the immediate area.
Check the classifieds in The Messenger and The Herald Chronicle (Franklin County Paper) for local job information. The Tennessean (Nashville) and The Times-Free Press (Chattanooga) list openings in the region.
Every aspect of seminary life—academics, worship, personal interaction, service, private life—is an opportunity for spiritual development. Seminarians and their families have special supports for that struggle and growth, as they live with the Holy Spirit on the Mountain. Faculty members and spiritual directors can offer insight and care. The seminary has quiet days, special seminars and workshops, retreats, and reflection groups that help clear your mind and confirm your faith. Sometimes, just a simple hike along the perimeter trail is spiritual development in its own right. Every year, students take the initiative to form their own prayer groups, bible studies, service projects, and far more.
Although spiritual direction for seminarians is not mandatory, many find it a helpful discipline. Those in formation for ministry, and other family members as well, are encouraged to make use of this spiritual practice. The office for community life is responsible for maintaining a list of spiritual directors for seminarians and their spouses. Interested parties can either view the list of spiritual directors or contact the associate dean for community life.
The Centering Prayer Support Group meets every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, Room 238.
St. Mary’s Sewanee
St. Mary's Sewanee is a Center for Spiritual Development resting on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, that offers a place of natural beauty and quiet for retreat, renewal and learning.
All students must have health insurance, and must provide a copy of his orher health insurance card to the registrar during orientation. Students will not be allowed to attend classes without proof of insurance. The School onlyoffers the plans available to seminarians through Church Medical Trust. For further information on the available options, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, an email monitored by the current student health insurance liaison toChurch Medical Trust, Mark Nabors.
Other Seminary Resources
The University of the South Childcare Center takes infants and children ages six weeks to five years old. Space is offered first to faculty, staff, and students.
Sewanee Children’s Center at Otey Memorial Parish Church welcomes children age two to five. There is also an after school program for children to age eight. There is a lottery in the spring for new placements but spaces sometimes come available during the year.
Companions in Ministry
The Companions in Ministry (CIM) is composed of all spouses and partners of seminarians, faculty, and staff from the School of Theology at the University of the South. The CIM meets the third Tuesday of each month during the academic year for programs, fun, fellowship, support, and spiritual development. The CIM also organizes several events during the year for the entire seminary community including summer community picnics, day hiking trips, a Christmas party, and panel discussions.
School of Theology Moves You
Current seminarians and their spouses are available to help you with your move to and from the Mountain. Contact email@example.com if you need assistance.