The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Academic Resources

The Jesse Ball duPont Library

The duPont Library is a component of the University’s Information Technology Services division that provides the members of the academic community with access to resources that support the current and anticipated instructional, research, and service programs of the University of the South.

Since the early 1980s, duPont Library has housed all Library collections and services for the School of Theology as well as the College of Arts and Sciences. All materials and services in duPont Library are equally available to students and faculty in both the College and the School of Theology. A Theology Reference area is maintained on the third floor of duPont, staffed during regular business hours (8 am- 5 pm M-F).

Circulating materials in philosophy, psychology, and religion--with call numbers in Library of Congress B-BX or Dewey 100-299--are shelved on the third floor. In addition, there are a number of non-circulating materials: (a) reserves for School of Theology courses, available on a self-serve basis; (b) the Theology Reference collection; (c) Theology Periodicals, shelved alphabetically by title; (d) Theology Special Collections, accessible on request to a Theology librarian. Christian education materials and Theology Media are also located here.
There are also several Library Catalog terminals and a photocopier on the third floor, as well as a good deal of open seating.

Hamilton Hall Reading Room

Room 111 in Hamilton Hall is available as a reading room for students at The School of Theology. It contains a small reference collection, duplicates of some reserve materials for courses, and sets of both the Sewanee Theological Review and Anglican Theological Review. Other materials are added from time to time. The room offers a variety of seating, ample power outlets, wireless access, and a quiet atmosphere for study. Every theology student is given a key to the room, which is kept locked when unoccupied in order to preserve access and security. The librarian of The School of Theology is in charge of the reading room.

The reading room is intended to provide a quiet place for study within the classroom building, where students spend much of each weekday during term. Since the library is some distance away, it is impractical to use during the relatively short gaps in the daily academic schedule. The reading room makes it possible to use such short amounts of time more efficiently.

Kaleidoscope Institute

The Rev. Eric H. F. Law founded the Kaleidoscope Institute to continue the ministry that he started back in the late 1980s when he began a theological and practical journey through the landscape of diversity. His focus has always been: as a Christian, how can he follow Christ’s call to seek and serve Christ in every person and respect the dignity of every human being? What started out as a need to help himself, and others around him, address race and diversity issues in faithful and constructive ways has evolved into something much bigger and deeper. Over the years, many have found his writing and workshops helpful for their ministries. He has written six books on the subject, ranging from individual spiritual practice to systemic transformational applications. His first book, The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, also appeared in a Spanish translation in 2005.

Episcopal Preaching Foundation/Preaching Excellence Program

The Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF), founded more than a quarter-century ago as the Episcopal Evangelism Foundation, Inc., works to improve and enhance the quality of preaching in the Episcopal Church. During its history of service to the Church, the EPF has sought to fulfill its mission in a variety of ways, but at the heart of its work has been the annual Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) for Episcopal seminarians. Each year 60 to 70 students from Episcopal and other seminaries gather at a central location for a week of preaching, worship, workshops, lectures, and fellowship under the leadership of the EPF director, Episcopal seminary faculty members, and guest speakers. More than one thousand priests and deacons of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, are PEP alums.

Kanuga Conferences

Affiliated with the Episcopal Church since 1928, Kanuga Conferences is situated on 1,400 mountain acres near Hendersonville, North Carolina, with scenic Kanuga Lake at its center. From vestry conferences to youth events to liturgical arts, Kanuga-sponsored conferences provide education, renewal and refreshment to more than 3,000 guests each year covering a broad range of subjects.

Vanderbilt and Sewanee Partnership

In a collaborative effort to expand the resources available to our students, The School of Theology has partnered with Vanderbilt Divinity School. This partnership includes opportunities for faculty exchange as well as shared course offerings. Students are eligible to take courses at both Vanderbilt and Sewanee at the tuition rate of their home institution, with all credit applying toward their degree program of enrollment.

About Vanderbilt Divinity School

The Divinity School began in 1875, following the 1873 founding of the University. It was established as the biblical department of Vanderbilt University and from its opening until May 1914 was under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Since that date it has carried on its work as an ecumenical theological school under direction of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.

In 1915, by Board of Trust action, the biblical department became the Divinity School, with its own dean and faculty. For more than a century the school has graduated many hundreds of men and women who have carried on their ministries in all parts of this country and throughout the world.

The Divinity School offers two primary degrees: the master of divinity (M.Div.) and the master of theological studies (M.T.S.). The master of arts (M.A.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) are offered through the graduate department of religion. For more information on both degrees, click here.

How to Enroll

Interested in taking a course at The Vanderbilt Divinity School? Currently enrolled Sewanee students should indicate their interest to their academic advisor to discuss the planned curriculum. Registration must be also approved by the office of the associate dean for academic affairs at The School of Theology.

Student Exchange Program

The School of Theology has entered into a student exchange partnership with Westcott House, Cambridge, U.K. These two historic seminaries, both established in the 1800’s, have created a program for seminarians to experience prayer, study, and community life abroad in their middler year. The program takes place during the advent semester in Sewanee and the fall term in Cambridge.

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin King, assistant professor of Church history, and the Rev. Dr. James Turrell, associate dean for academic affairs, both of The School of Theology, felt that an integral part of a seminary education is the ability to experience Anglicanism in its many traditions. Looking to the Church’s English heritage, and with the benefit of an existing academic relationship, Westcott House was a great place to start.

Westcott House is dedicated to “pastorally and liturgically growing in compassion, creativity, and imagination to live the Gospel in every place to which God calls us.” The School of Theology shares in this formational process developing “leaders who are learned, skilled, informed by the Word of God, and committed to the mission of the church, in the Anglican tradition of forming disciples through a common life of prayer, learning, and service.” The two schools share a sense of mission to prepare clergy for service in the parish and beyond. That formed the basis for a conversation that quickly became a course of action.

Interested parties should contact the office of the dean for academic affairs.