Thesis and Summative Capstone Projects

Date: May 1, 2024

On Thursday 2 May at 7pm, we look forward with joy to celebrating the work of our Masters students who have written a Thesis or Summative Capstone Project this academic year. After many months in conversation with Advisors, Readers, Librarians, Writing Coaches, family and friends the students will now have an opportunity to share their work with the VTS Community.

Every Thesis and Summative Capstone Project is a process of dedication, resilience, and growth. From the creation of a proposal sent for approval to the Masters Committee, to the meticulous work of research, writing and revision, these pieces represent a serious undertaking. To focus, to persevere and to produce a Thesis or Summative Capstone Project is indeed admirable. I am conscious of the determined effort made by our students and by those who have guided them across the finish line.

A range of fascinating, exciting and global subjects have been addressed this year: Holy Scripture as Text in the Theology of John Calvin; Designs of the Deep: The Creator God’s Binding of Wind, Water, and Darkness in Genesis 1, Psalm 104, and Job 38; Inside the Craft of Hymn Writing: Rae E. Whitney’s Intrinsic Sense of Phonological Resonance and Theological Discourse; Bound to God: Jewish Prayer as Spiritual Resistance in the Holocaust; Utilizing Dance as a Practice of Prayer in the Contemporary North American Church; Constructive Problematizing Dialogue: A New Model for Abrahamic Exchange; The Spirituality of Children with Complex Disabilities; Towards a Trans Right to Opacity in Christian Theology: Reading Karl Barth on Revelation and Sexual Difference; FOURmation: Information, Formation, Transformation, and Deiformation as a transformative and wholistic framework for revolutionary discipleship in the 21st Century; Abundantly Necessary: Exploring Appreciative Inquiry and its Theological Insights into Change and Adaptation in the Church; The Divine Mandate to Conquer?  Towards an Ethical and Theological Reading of Joshua 1:1-9; Baptism: Significance and Controversy in Andhra Pradesh, India; A Study of the Book of Amos, with a Focus on the Theme of Social Injustice and its Implications to Contemporary Society: A Case in Kenya and Reading Received Histories of the Episcopal Church of Liberia: Lessons For Today.

I warmly invite you to join with me in recognizing their achievement as we hear the student presentations and celebrate together in the Lettie Pate Evans with music and light refreshments.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and President of The General Theological Seminary 

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