Library Scholar’s Spotlights

Date: July 11, 2022

Living into our newly renovated Bishop Payne Library offers fresh opportunities for exciting programming. The Library Commons space, with its comfortable chairs, couches, and tables is the perfect spot to host library programs.

This past academic year, I organized a monthly series of “Scholar Spotlights.” In these events, I interviewed a faculty member who had recently returned from sabbatical so the VTS community could have a chance to hear about their research in a non-classroom setting. Attendees loved learning more about their professors’ work and got the chance to ask a wide range of questions in an intimate and informal setting.

In the fall, we learned about Melody Knowles’ forthcoming publication projects on interpreting the Psalms, Robert Heaney’s approach to intercultural dialogue as part of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, and Mark Jefferson’s inspiring account of the purpose and promise of quality preaching. In the springtime, Lisa Kimball offered a window into her calling toward equipping congregations for spiritual formation, and Joe Thompson described how the VTS Reparations Project has progressed in the past year.

These events, which will continue this fall, offer all members of the VTS community a unique opportunity to learn about the incredible work pursued by our gifted faculty.

Vincent Williams, MAR, MPhil
User Services Manager
Bishop Payne Library

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