Oklahoma City University News

Bishop Scholars receive full tuition

published 11/18/2016
Each year OCU awards up to three full-tuition Bishop Scholar awards to United Methodist students who plan to study in the Wimberly School of Religion and pursue a career in Christian service in The ...

Holiday performances make season bright

published 11/18/2016
Every December, the Performing Arts schools at Oklahoma City University bring Christmastime alive through dance, theater, and music performances. These events are the capstone pieces for students ...

Sacred artifact illuminates study for OCU team

published 11/18/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The secret is out, and Katy Hirsch is exuberant. With college peers, she got to see and study a fragment of Psalm 11 from one of the oldest existing biblical manuscripts: the Dead ...

35 colleges send reps to interfaith conference at OCU

published 11/4/2016
Panelists discuss religious life at United Methodist colleges during a national conference at OCU. PHOTO BY JOSEPH MORROW, IFYC Campus ministers, students, faculty, and even college presidents ...

Ceremony at OCU

published 11/4/2016
Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry, second from left, led a program to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 10 in the Chickasaw Garden on campus. The blessing was given by David ...

OCU: a leader in collegiate interfaith efforts

published 11/4/2016
In his address to delegates at the Called To Be Neighbors conference, President Robert Henry expounded on the ways OCU has been a leader among United Methodist schools in the area of interfaith ...

OCU ranks best in state

published 10/14/2016
U.S. News & World Report again has ranked Oklahoma City University among the best colleges in the country. OCU scored the No. 23 spot in the listing of "Best Regional Universities in the West," the ...

Welcome, new students

published 10/14/2016
Stars Week 2016 — Left, freshmen line up to touch the OCU Star and seal their pledge after the Matriculation service on Aug. 17. Upper right, underclassmen move into the residence halls during ...

2016 Willson Lectures

published 9/16/2016
Warren Carter is professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has ...

National training to help churches see ‘God’s Image in Many Faces’

published 9/16/2016
Six speakers are on the program for "Celebrating Ethnic Diversity: God’s Image in Many Faces," offering multiethnic ministries training on Nov. 2-4 in Oklahoma City, at Crowne Plaza Hotel. The ...

President helps dedicate new mission statement

published 9/16/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The scene of worshippers in a cozy circle beneath high, multi-hued sanctuary windows Aug. 30 showed the remarkable gift of community that is part of Saint Paul seminary life at ...

Tulsa pastor completes Course of Study

published 9/16/2016
On Aug. 4, Bill Welch of Tulsa concluded a special journey in ministry that began in Spring 2007. Saint Paul School of Theology congratulates him for graduating from that United Methodist seminary’s...

Oklahoma City University News

published 9/2/2016
Have studies, will travel A‌gain this academic year, members of Oklahoma City University’s faculty and staff are offering to travel throughout the state to teach Sunday School classes and provide ...

Eboo Patel headlines conference

published 8/12/2016
OCU will host national interfaith meeting Oklahoma City University is the site Oct. 17-18 for a free national conference that will bring together faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders ...

Two named Bishop’s Scholars

published 8/12/2016
  Each year, Oklahoma City University presents the Bishop’s Scholar Award to a select number of outstanding incoming freshmen who have expressed a desire to pursue a calling to United Methodist ...

Back to Belize

published 7/22/2016
In January, graduate student Kelsey Ricks traveled to Belize for the first time. She went as a member of Oklahoma City University’s OKVIM* Student Mission Team. On June 5, she returned to the ...

Horton-Ware joins OCU as director of Religious Life

published 7/1/2016
OCU is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Horton-Ware as the new director of Religious Life. Her appointment, which began on June 8, includes oversight of the OCU Wesley Center, coordination of the ...

Seminary grads go out to churches

published 7/1/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. found parallels between his upcoming retirement and the next stage of life for the graduates of Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. He ...

School of Religion graduates 10

published 6/10/2016
The Wimberly School of Religion graduated a class of 10 religion majors in May at Oklahoma City University. We celebrate the accomplishments of these fine young people and commend them on their ...

OCU receives grants for student mission trips

published 5/20/2016
Oklahoma City University has been awarded two Woodworth Estate grants for mission-related trips. OCU will receive a $6,000 grant to assist with an international mission trip to Belize planned for ...

School of Religion honors Mary Hughes-Gaudreau

published 5/20/2016
‌At a dinner on April 23, Mary Hughes-Gaudreau received the distinguished alumna award from the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University. The event was part of OCU’s All Alumni ...

Better Together Week promotes understanding

published 5/6/2016
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. ...

Voicing their support

published 5/6/2016
Saint Paul seminary students and faculty at Oklahoma City University sing "Lift High the Cross" April 19 in a chapel service focused on the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Hanging...

OCU enables youthful service to community

published 4/8/2016
United Methodist church youth groups from across the state long have gathered at Oklahoma City University on the first Saturday in March. This year, what has become known as Youth Service Day fell ...

New president at Saint Paul

published 3/18/2016
Nancy Howell began duties March 2 as acting president of United Methodist-related Saint Paul School of Theology, with campuses at Oklahoma City University and Church of the Resurrection in greater ...

OCU law school renovations cited

published 3/18/2016
Oklahoma City University’s School of Law was selected to receive the 2016 State Historic Preservation Officer’s Citation of Merit. The award will be presented June 2 at the Statewide Preservation ...

OCU World House strives to achieve Dr. King’s vision

published 3/18/2016
We have inherited a big house, a great world house in which we have to live together." These words from Martin Luther King Jr. inspire the mission of the World House Institute for Social and ...

World Religion Expo set for April 3

published 3/18/2016
  The World Religion Expo is Sunday, April 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. at OCU. It will be held on the first floor of the Gold Star Building on campus. The public is welcome; churches’ youth and adult ...

Fun, fellowship, worship at 2016 OIMC Day

published 2/26/2016
Over 200 people gathered at OCU on Feb. 6 to celebrate the annual Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) Youth and Family Day sponsored by University-Church Relations. Members of the OIMC ...

OCU students serve in Belize

published 2/26/2016
Students from Oklahoma City University constructed part of a high school in Belize during the winter break. Charles Neff, vice president for University-Church Relations, led a group of 11 students ...

Renowned scholar from NYC will present Neustadt Lectures

published 2/5/2016
Oklahoma City University is pleased to welcome Wendy Zierler to present the Neustadt Lectures on March 3. Dr. Zierler joined the faculty of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New ...

‘Let’s Do Something About It’ in Oklahoma

published 1/15/2016
On Feb. 27, the audience at a program about racism in Oklahoma will hear from Jabar Shumate, a community diversity leader for the University of Oklahoma, and two more presenters. “Let’s Do Something ...

OCU honors Leichter with Bishop Milhouse Award

published 1/15/2016
The Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award recognizes "those who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the community, their local United Methodist church, and their annual conference, in addition to being an...

Seminary Lite invites laity to deeper study

published 1/15/2016
Four upcoming courses of Seminary Lite will help laity go deeper in faith and service as disciples. Seminary Lite is offered by Saint Paul School of Theology in collaboration with Oklahoma City ...

Rabbi’s cause gains Muslim support

published 12/11/2015
Under the heading “Called to Be Neighbors and Witnesses: Guidelines for Interreligious Relationships,” the United Methodist Book of Resolutions states that effective dialogue between people of ...

Oklahoma City University

published 11/20/2015
OCU campus prays for Stillwater peers The Oklahoma City University community joined its peers in grieving the tragedy that occurred during the Oklahoma State University Homecoming Parade in ...

Called to serve? OCU offers wide range of religion degrees

published 10/30/2015
Oklahoma City University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for those considering a life dedicated to Christian service. The Wimberly School of Religion offers four ...

First Year Experiences welcome newest class

published 10/9/2015
Oklahoma City University welcomed the Class of 2019 with the annual matriculation service Aug. 19 and other events.This class has 322 first-year students and 237 transfer students. The new OCU ...

Seminary Lite begins 2015-16 series

published 10/9/2015
Seminary President Sharon Howell, left, offers Holy Communion to Chapel Coordinator Melissa Pearce on Sept. 1 at the Opening Convocation of the academic year for Saint Paul School of Theology at ...

School of Religion gets Gold Star at OCU

published 9/18/2015
By CHRIS SCHUTZ The start of a new school year at Oklahoma City University brings new environments for students of law and religion. It’s the first full academic year for the law school’s new ...

Speaker’s story engages Eastern spirituality

published 9/18/2015
Oklahoma City University welcomes John Thatamanil to present the Willson Lecture series on Oct. 15. "The Promise of Religious Diversity" is the theme of the Willson Lectures this year. It’s a ...

OCU offers connections to churches and youths

published 8/28/2015
Have studies, will travel "Last Sunday I was at Mosiac UMC (in Oklahoma City), leading a congregation-wide study on church history, and for the next three weeks I will be with the youth at First UMC,...

2015 Bishop’s Scholars announced

published 8/7/2015
Each year, Oklahoma City University presents the Bishop’s Scholar Award to three deserving students as a part of its effort to identify and support academically advanced United Methodist youths who ...

Study abroad opens the world to students

published 7/13/2015
By RODNEY NEWMAN DUBLIN (Ireland) — Still slightly groggy from jet lag, 11 of us gathered around a glass case in the Royal Irish Academy. Ten from Oklahoma City University and our Irish guide ...

Buseys receive Bishop Milhouse Award

published 6/26/2015
Oklahoma City University presented the 2015 Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award to Phil and Cathy Busey. The announcement was part of the OCU report to United Methodist delegates on May 27 at Annual ...

Gift labyrinth points finger toward spirituality

published 6/26/2015
A lap-sized hand-carved labyrinth, to be used while a person is seated, was an unusual gift to Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University from the Class of 2015 on graduation day, May...

Wiggs counsels grads of Saint Paul at OCU

published 6/26/2015
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Light streaming through the stained-glass windows of the Smith Chapel on May 29 illuminated the fifth commencement for Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. ...

11 graduate from OCU School of Religion

published 6/5/2015
From left, the Class of 2015: Will Lugar, Katie Hirsch, Leigh Smith, Matt Patrick, Grace Karber, Thad Ernst, Hope Lairson, Samantha Erickson, Hannah Frye, and Caitie Gassner. Not shown: Matthew ...

Wesley Center celebrates love over hate

published 5/8/2015
On a cool evening in April, laughter and the sounds of tuning instruments filtered through the student center. Rows of tables began to fill with food and T-shirts. The atmosphere was festive as ...

Stories of bombing take center stage

published 4/17/2015
An emerging form of theater art is revealing untold stories from the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the attack. On...