Presentation of Masters Theses and Summative Capstone Projects

Date: May 4, 2023

It is always a joy to gather in the spring to hear a brief summary of the major works that some of our Masters-level students have engaged over the academic year. The other night we gathered and heard/This evening at 7:00 pm we will gather in Addison 201 to hear about five rich and wide-ranging projects:

  • The Rev. Carolyne Adhiambo Adhola, “Intentional Mentorship Lesson Plan for Training Lay and Clergy Leaders: A Tool for Children’s Ministry in the Diocese of Bondo, Kenya”
  • Mary Beth Buchholz, “Servant Leader Seeking Justice: An Ethnographic Sketch of Trinity United Methodist Church (1774-2023)”
  • Jennifer A. Fischer, “Sin and Salvation: An Intercultural Re-reading”
  • Annemarie Dinen Hansen, “Inner Sanctum: A Collective Spiritual Experience for Atheists, Believers, and Everyone In-between”
  • Christopher Poore, “Beauty and Desecration: The Cruciform Center of Balthasar’s Theological Aesthetics”

With Dr. Sharon Heaney on sabbatical this spring, I’m particularly grateful for the work of Dr. Mitzi Budde and Ms. Susan Sevier for supporting these students so well. In addition, I’d like to thank the people that served as advisors and readers: Dr.  Lisa Kimball, Dr. Ross Kane, Dr. Joseph Thompson, Dr. Robert Heaney, Dr. Rode Molla, Dr. Robert Flanagan, Dean Ian Markham, Dr. Kate Sonderegger, and Dr. Jennifer N. Martin.

Please join me in congratulating our students on their excellent work.

Melody D. Knowles, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary

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