The leadership team at Phoenix Seminary has met regularly to discuss our strategy for keeping our community safe during the threat of the coronavirus. Below is our plan to support the effort.
As you may know, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently elevated the coronavirus to a pandemic and many educational institutions have responded to help stop the spread of the disease.
As a Christian institution, we view all things through Jesus’ paradigm of love for God and love for neighbor (Matt 22:37–40), which the church father Augustine called the principle of “double love.” Our approach to the coronavirus is no different.
Our love for God means that we entrust ourselves to a providential God who commands even the smallest bacteria and viruses. During this pandemic it is incumbent on Christians to show our otherworldly trust in God. In life and in death God is our hope and stay.
Our love for neighbor means that we are taking the necessary precautions to protect our neighbors and do our part to help stem the outbreak.
In light of these principles, we are taking the following actions.
- To protect our student body, we will provide instruction via online modality through the end of the Summer semester (August 3).
- All other Seminary and affiliated events are cancelled or postponed through the end of Summer semester (August 3).
- Graduation is postponed until the Fall.
- The campus will remain closed to the public until further notice. This includes the Biblical Research Center. Library services will still be provided to students on a limited basis.
- Specific information on course instruction and library use will be communicated separately to students, faculty, and staff. Please watch your emails.
We want to assure our students that these decisions did not come easily as we highly value face-to-face interaction with the faculty. However, we are thankful to God that we have the appropriate technology to deliver our first-class theological education through our online platform.
We ask that students, staff, and faculty use wisdom during this time, especially in terms of travel, social distancing, and hygiene.
Above all, we do not want to waste the opportunity to demonstrate to the people of this world, many of whom are asking serious questions about eternity, that Jesus is the anchor of our hope.
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