Another RTS-Orlando “Hybrid Week” finished up on July 20th, and it was a fantastic time here on campus.
With over one hundred students descending upon our campus from around the world, we offered several mixed-format classes (a portion online and a portion in-person), including Genesis-Joshua, Reading Hebrew Poetry, History of Christianity, Evangelism, Communication I, and Preaching Lab B.
Each day was also loaded with other activities designed to provide hybrid MDiv and MA students an opportunity to build relationships with one another and with RTS faculty and staff. Here’s a quick run-down of the week.
1. Morning Chapel
Prof. Glodo did another great job planning a daily chapel service to enable students to worship together (as we do weekly during a normal semester). The topic this year was “I am His, and His is Mine,” which revolved around the Christological application of the Song of Songs.
The preachers were Glodo, Dr. Allen, Dr. Swain, Dr. Sandy Willson, and Dr. Liam Goligher. Audio of their sermons can be found at soundcloud.com/rtsorlando/.
Special thanks to Molly Pennington (organist at Riveroaks PCA) for providing music during chapel.
2. Food, Food, Food
Due to the intense schedule that comes with Hybrid Week, we do our best to enable students to maximize their time. Thus we once again provided students with the opportunity to purchase a lunch card that they could use to purchase a catered lunch each day, saving them the trouble of driving somewhere in Oviedo in 95+ temperatures to find food in the hour break between morning and afternoon classes.
These lunches are also a key time when students get to hang out with one another as well as faculty/staff. Lunches were from brought in from Mission BBQ, Chic-Fil-A, Marcos Pizza, Pollo Tropical, and Wing Stop.
In addition, we stocked our hospitality room with loads and loads of granola bars, trail mix, crackers, and other snacks to keep our students going during the day.
3. More Food!
On top of our group lunches, we offered two additional Student Life events during the week: an ice cream and popcorn welcome in the Student Commons, and a tacos-and-churros dinner with all students and their families. Our favorite Oviedo churros food truck made another prized visit to campus to wow us with their fantastic desserts.
4. Special Presentations
Three times during the week, we offered students and the community the opportunity to hear from faculty and guest speakers on various topics.
On Monday, July 16th, Dr. Liam Goligher (Pastor of Tenth Presbyterian, Philadelphia) gave the inaugural lecture for RTS-Orlando’s new Paideia Center for Theological Discipleship. His lecture can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/rtsorlando/sets/rts-orlando-paideia-center-for.
On Tuesday, July 17th, Dr. Lanier was interviewed by Dr. Allen about his newly-released book on early Christology and Luke’s use of the OT.
On Thursday, July 19th, Dr. Goligher and Dr. Sandy Willson (Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis) were interviewed by Dr. Allen on various topics pertaining to pastoral ministry.
And, as always, the week was full of learning and fellowship. Many thanks to RTS-Orlando’s staff and faculty for pulling off another great week!