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MTS Announces Campus to Reopen June 1, 2021

Memphis Theological Seminary President Jody Hill announced April 21, 2021, campus would reopen June 1, 2021, resuming pre-COVID-19 on-campus hours of operation, though the library will only be open to faculty, staff, and students.

Given the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, members of the MTS community are strongly encouraged to take advantage of receiving it. Healthcare professionals remind us that we have duties to people we have never met simply because we live in the same community. It’s our interlocking sense of obligation that makes public health work for the good of all. In a similar way, we at MTS embody Jesus’s command that we love our neighbor as ourselves.

MTS’s current COVID-19 policies and guidelines will remain in place even as more and more members of our community receive the vaccine. While receiving the vaccine is an important public health measure, it does not replace the essentials of mask wearing, hand washing, social distancing, staying home when sick, and frequent COVID-19 testing.

It is not yet known whether a vaccine prevents asymptomatic infections and if there’s still the possibility that a vaccinated person could transmit the virus without knowing it. Continue following these public health protocols, even after you have received your vaccination:

·Continue to wear a face-covering over your nose, mouth, and chin when you are around others.

·Continue to maintain social distancing, giving others at least 6 feet of space.

·Continue to wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often, and to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hand-washing is not immediately possible.

·Continue to wipe down shared surfaces, such as desks and tables, computer keyboards and mice, light switches, and other items.

·Continue to monitor COVID-19 symptoms daily and stay home when sick.

We will be offering three different modes of academic delivery this fall. That way, students who feel safer in remote learning may continue their education off-campus if approved by their professors.

Matthew Gore

Matthew Gore

Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.
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