Date: June 11, 2021
With spring semester grades recorded, the work of the faculty follows different rhythms in the summer. Some faculty are busy with academic programing. The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program, under the leadership of Ross Kane will welcome 30 students to the 2021 summer session, (June 21-July 9). The students will have classes in the morning and peer learning in the form of case studies in the afternoon, all virtual this year. Ruthanna Hooke is working with the Deep Calls to Deep summer preaching institute. Additionally, she along with other members of the faculty and staff, Shawn Strout, Melody Knowles, Rachel Holm, Elly Hahn, Lisa Kimball, Altagracia Perez-Bullard, Tricia Lyons, James Farwell, Joe Thompson, Mitzi Budde, Sharon Heaney, and Derek Greten-Harrison, are planning for the incoming class. This group has the responsibility of creating and reviewing the details of the August term, seeking to find the proper balance between learning, worship, orientation, and rest.
Many faculty use the summer months for research and writing. John Yieh is working on his Chinese Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. Altagracia Perez-Bullard’s research and writing will focus on the House of Bishop’s Theology Committee work on Reparations. Kate Sonderegger is working on her third volume of systematic theology. Joseph Thompson and Ebonee Davis will board new descendants into the VTS reparations initiative and support other institutions that are exploring the possibility of creating their own reparations program. Liz DeGaynor is working on a book manuscript and Hannah Matis continues research for her women’s history of Christianity. All this takes place as Mitzi Budde and the library staff oversee the move into the newly renovated Bishop Payne Library this summer.
For all the diversity in our work, it is my hope that all members of the faculty will find balance between their activities and a well-deserved rest.
The Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, Ph.D.
Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Old Testament