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Still Accepting Applications…

If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling for classes, please contact Min. Jacqueline Coker, Director of Enrollment, at jcoker@leland.edu

 

Civil Rights Pilgrimage – open to all

Professors Jim Melson and Trisha Miller Manarin invite you to join us in November on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage. It is open to all.

We know our country continues to battle the sin of racism, classism, sexism and many other -isms. MACBF along with our partner the Cornelius Corps will engage in a time of spiritual practice leading up to our departure date. We will prepare ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ, not simply tourists learning more about American history. Our pilgrimage will introduce us to people living and dead who have impacted the world with the goodness of the Gospel.
A charter bus will depart from Northern Virginia on Thursday evening getting us to Alabama Friday morning. In addition to visiting these historic sites, we will be hosted by Rev. Reginald Brown of South Elyton Baptist Church. Rev. Brown is remarkable servant of God who has helped integrate public schools as well as pastor a local congregation. Our journey will take us to Selma and Montgomery. We will stand on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and quietly experience the new Memorial for Peace and Justice and we will stop and pray along the way.
Sites of Interest:
16th Street Baptist Church
Civil Rights Institute
Edmund Pettus Bridge
National Memorial for Peace & Justice
Civil Rights Memorial
Approximate Cost $575 plus meals

$250 deposit due Sept 15 – space is limited

Departing by bus Thursday evening, returning Tuesday (election day) evening. You will need to vote via absentee ballot.
Children over 10 years old may attend with a parent. Teens must be accompanied by a fellow church leader or parent.
***Those who need an advocacy rotation may contact Prof Manarin to earn credit for participating in the pilgrimage and doing an additional assignment tmanarin@leland.edu ***

For more information, please contact Professor Trisha Miller-Manarin

 

Leland Merchandise Now Available!

 An 11 oz. ceramic coffee or tea mug featuring an imprinted message of “Knowing Christ Serving Christ” image in white printed on both sides.  This ceramic mug is a great hot or cold beverage holder for office or home coffee or tea drinking.  They also make great gifts!  To find out how to order, Please email Jacqueline Coker or Vicki Bohannon  

Melissa Rogers Will Speak at Leland Graduation 2018

Leland will hold its graduation at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the Church at Clarendon and our guest speaker will be Melissa Rogers, a member of Columbia Baptist Church and formerly special advisor to President Obama on policy issues related to religion and partnerships with faith-based organization serving people in need.  Melissa currently serves as non resident senior fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution

News From Leland’s Alumna Lisa Smith

Dear Leland friends!

“I wanted to pass along our news as a Leland Alumna.  Convergence is currently the featured article on Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership online magazine”. https://www.faithandleadership.com/art-and-faith-converge-hybrid-churchcommunity-arts-center?utm_source=FL_newsletter&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=FL_topstory

They read about us in the recently published book Divergent Church: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities (Abingdon Press). http://www.abingdonpress.com/product/9781501842597#.WsUQz4jwZdg 

I hope that you feel joy as well, since, it is in large part due to Leland and the encouragement of the faculty, staff and students that we are even here. God blessed me with the right teachers, encourages and challengers at just the right time in my life and I am grateful to have had the seminary experience I did. Thank you! Please let me know if there is any way I can be of service by sharing some of what we’ve learned, encouraging, etc. I would really appreciate it if you would share this news with Leland Alumnae, students and supporters. I certainly know how important encouragement and knowing you aren’t “alone” in doing things differently can be.

 

No Class during Reading Week!

Holy Week (March 25-31)  Students, Please use this time to read, recharge and get closer to God.. Enjoy this time during reading week to get closer to God. Classes will resume on April 2.

3/20 CLASSES ARE CANCELED TONIGHT DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER!

 CLASS IS CANCELED TONIGHT DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER! BE SAFE!

Students and young professionals: How can you use your unique skills and passions to join in the mission of God?

Mission Possible is a one-day conference that allows you to explore your faith and calling through art, justice and mission.  To find out more, click here

Who is invited to Mission Possible Virginia 2018? You are!

 

Lenten Service Sunday, Feb 18

Have you ever thought of Lent as a yearly second chance? Each year we are given a specific time look into our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes that second chance, or do-over, to “return to God with our whole heart.”  Join us this year in worship! 

 
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Church of Clarendon   
  1306 N. Highland St.
Arlington, VA 22201  

Rev. Howard-John Wesley Teaches at Leland

The Reverend Doctor Howard-John Wesley is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Alvin and Dr. Helene Wesley and represents the fifth generation of Baptist preachers in his family. Dr. Wesley is the proud pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.  Known to challenge the mind and inspire the heart, Dr. Wesley is a much sought after speaker for worship services, conferences, and revivals. His preaching became a favorite of President and Mrs. Barack Obama who worshiped with their family at Alfred Street Baptist Church on several Easter Sundays.

We are offering an intensive, “Preaching with Power & Persuasion”,  taught by Rev. Howard-John Wesley.  The class will meet on Saturday’s starting 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/10.  For more information about registration, please contact info@leland.edu

Upcoming All School Gathering

 
Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend this required Community Formation Event. We are looking forward to kicking off the Spring 2018 semester together as a Community.  At this year’s All-School Gathering and Spiritual Formation Service, we will share a meal, fellowship and worship together.  This will be a great way to start our semester of study.  We hope to see you there!
 
All School Gathering
January 20, 2018 / 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Main Campus (Arlington VA)
 
Families are welcomed! Please RSVP with the number attending by emailing our Director of Enrollment, Jacqueline Coker.

January 2018 Reflection by Dr. Dapaah

“And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will” (2 Cor 8:1-5, NIV)
 
In the novel Brothers Karamazov, Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky narrates a story about an old, wicked peasant woman who died without leaving behind a single good deed. She was so selfish that everything she did was for her benefit alone. She illicitly acquired whatever she could without giving anything to anyone, no helpful deeds for her community, not even a kind look or smile on her neighbors. When she died, the devil seized her and plunged her into the lake of fire. Her guardian angel wondered what good deed of hers he could bring up to plead for her before God. “She once pulled up an onion in her garden,” said the angel, “and gave it to a beggar.” God then told the angel to take that onion, hold it out to her in the lake, and let her grasp on to it and be pulled out into Paradise. The angel ran excitedly to the woman and held out the onion to her. “Come on,” said he, “take hold and I’ll pull you out.” The angel carefully began to pull her out. She was almost out when the other sinners in the lake, realizing what was happening, began catching hold of her so as to be pulled out with her. Remember, she was an unkind woman in her lifetime. So she started screaming and began to kick them. “I’m to be pulled out, not you. It’s my onion, not yours.” As soon she said that, the onion broke and she fell into the lake where she has been burning to this day. So her guardian angel wept and went away.
This is a wonderful story that speaks to the human condition! The story isn’t about how to get into Paradise as much as about how to avoid hell-not that fiery lake at the end of the world’s history, but the hell in the here and now, whose flames include greed, selfishness, self-gratification, pride, indifference, exploitation, exclusion, and the like. We are all innately selfish, doomed to self-destruction without the grace and generosity of God. God, personified in the guardian angel, is immensely good even to the wicked. God seeks to save us and weeps when we are desperately stuck in our sin and refuse His gift of grace.
No life worth living is possible without generosity. Yet, it is not by our generosity, however slender, that we are saved. The Apostle Paul understood this paradox when he wrote: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-not the result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2:8-9). Our generosity comes from God: a God who gives and forgives; a God who created us to find fulfillment as we share His love with others. May we be generous as the Macedonian believers! And may we follow the example of the Creator God who visited us during that First Advent over two thousand years ago and generously gave Himself up for us so that we might live!

 

 

This Sunday, December 3, Join us for our Advent Service!

Leland Advent 
Service of 
Confession and Celebration
Sunday December 3rd, 6:00 pm
The Church at Clarendon
1210 N. Highland Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Leland families and friends of all ages are welcome to join us for a service of confession and reconciliation as we thank God for the coming of the Prince of Peace. The Advent Celebration service is an annual event for the Leland community. This year, an added Confessional part is Leland community’s coming before God to seek forgiveness and reconciliation for the pain and injustice that were committed in the recent past. We trust it will be a unifying and positive reminder of the common name we share as children of a God who demonstrated his immeasurable grace in the coming of his son, Jesus Christ. Following the service, conversation, food and fellowship will round out our evening together.

Minister Jacqueline Coker is an enthusiastic and innovative professional

Minister Jacqueline Coker is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in Human Resources and Administrative roles.  She spent over fifteen years working within the corporate and government workforce. The last nine of those years were spent working in the Information Technology field as a Senior Technical Recruiter.  She holds a bachelor degree Business Administration concentration on Human Resources Management. She is a licensed minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA where she serves as in several ministries.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, teaching and baking. 

Have heard about our Online Leland Store???

With the holidays approaching you have enough time to shop at our brand new online Leland store.  We’re so excited for our Leland family to represent this amazing seminary!  Check out our store here http://footprintapparel.com/johnlelandstore

 

 

Arlington Campus Open House Monday, Nov. 6

 
We will have  our Arlington Campus Open House on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.   This will be an ideal time for potential students to tour campus, meet faculty and current students, get information about our academic programs and admission requirements, and hear about Leland student life.  Make plans now to join us and spread the word!! Please RSVP to:
 
Jacqueline Coker {Office of Enrollment} 
jcoker@leland.edu or 703-812-4757, ext 204 

Leland will host BGAV Luncheon

 

Leland will host a luncheon at the Baptist General Association of Virginia annual meeting in Hampton VA.  The Leland luncheon gathering is as follows:

Tuesday, November 14th
The Cypress Grill
– Embassy Suites (next door to the Hampton Convention Center)
Private Back Room
Address: 1700 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA 23666
Time:  Noon – 1:30
Cost for buffet – $13.50 plus tax and gratuity
 
Please e-mail Susan Quinn at squinn@leland.edu, if you are planning to attend, as an accurate headcount is needed! 

Leland Advent This Sunday!

Leland Advent 
Service of 
Confession and Celebration
Sunday December 3rd, 6:00 pm
The Church at Clarendon
1210 N. Highland Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Leland families and friends of all ages are welcome to join us for a service of confession and reconciliation as we thank God for the coming of the Prince of Peace. The Advent Celebration service is an annual event for the Leland community. This year, an added Confessional part is Leland community’s coming before God to seek forgiveness and reconciliation for the pain and injustice that were committed in the recent past. We trust it will be a unifying and positive reminder of the common name we share as children of a God who demonstrated his immeasurable grace in the coming of his son, Jesus Christ. Following the service, conversation, food and fellowship will round out our evening together.
 

Recruiting Success!

We had a very favorable and productive summer recruiting new students to Leland. In addition to our returning students, we have a total of 22 new students on our three campuses this semester.  In Arlington, part of our recruiting success can be attributed to a special grant for scholarships that we were awarded by the Duke Street Trinity Baptist Memorial Foundation.

 

Trula Duane Scholarships went to new and returning students who are members of churches within the NorthStar Church Network. These very generous scholarships are guaranteed for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are always looking to bolster our scholarship offerings, so if your church or foundation would like to partner http://phentermine-med.com with us, please let us know!

 

Our successful recruiting summer has made our institution stronger. We have three new students at both our Southwest and Hampton Roads’ campuses. And, in Arlington, we have a total of 16 new students across our School of Ministry and Master’s degree programs. We solicit your continued prayers for all our new and returning students. Moreover, please continue to spread the word about the John Leland Center. We have found that undoubtedly our greatest recruiting tool is the word of mouth recommendations which come from our students, faculty, Trustees and Alumni. Thank you all for your steadfast support, prayers and encouragement! 

Rev. J. Brent Walker has accepted the position of Interim President at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington

Rev. J. Brent Walker has accepted the position of Interim President at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington. Walker recently retired as Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a position he held for 17 years.

Leland’s president, Dr. Mark Olson, had previously announced that he was resigning to accept the position of Senior Pastor of Haymarket Baptist Church but agreed to continue at Leland until an Interim President could be located. Olson has served as Leland’s president since 2007 and will serve through August.

In Walker, the Leland trustees have found a Baptist leader who is known throughout the country because of his leadership relating to religious freedom. A University of Florida graduate who also earned a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Walker has been a tireless advocate for religious freedom for all people. He shares that passion with the school’s namesake, John Leland, who advocated for religious freedom in the nation’s earliest years. Before coming to the Baptist Joint Committee, Walker served as pastor of Richland Baptist Church in Falmouth, Kentucky. He is an ordained Baptist minister and active member at Columbia Baptist Church.

Walker is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and counts among his many honors an induction into the Baylor University Alumni Association Hall of Fame, the Virginia First Freedom Award, the Adrian Westney Religious Liberty Award from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Florida, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Leland in 2013. Olson said of Walker, “Leland is greatly blessed to find such a strong and widely respected leader. I feel confident that God will use Brent Walker to make Leland a stronger seminary.”

The John Leland Center was founded in 1998 as an evangelical Baptist seminary serving the greater Washington, D.C. area and Virginia. It features an international faculty with professors from Korea, Argentina, Ghana, Russia and Estonia. The student body is ethnically very diverse, with no ethnic group having a majority. The seminary is accredited with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) through 2022 and is a member of the prestigious Washington Theological Consorium.

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