The Joy of Baptist Worship

Date: April 8, 2021

As an Episcopal Seminary that acknowledges the rich diversity of our Christian faith, we featured the Baptist tradition in our Wednesday morning service. Baptist worship service is a relatively new part of life at VTS. A few years ago, we began the practice of an annual service of communion so that our Baptist colleagues would have an opportunity to lead worship in their own tradition.

Reverends Judy Fentress-Williams and Mark Jefferson are affiliated with the Alfred Street Baptist Church, a historic African-American congregation whose history is traced back to 1803. Alfred  belongs to the National Baptist and Progressive National Baptist conventions. The proclaimed word is the central element of worship in the Baptist tradition, and many Baptists celebrate the “Lord’s Supper” once a month. We have enjoyed the participation of the ASBC choirs, and our own faculty and students affiliated with Alfred Street who have organized and led these services.

It was a fabulous service. It was lovely to see the Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams preach. And Jessica Anderson, Reggie Hayes, and Donna Arrendell played key roles. This year the service was recorded at Alfred Street and we look forward to another opportunity to worship together. The recording (available on the Hub) is worth watching and learning from.

The Very Rev Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President



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