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


Quiet Day 2014

St. Luke's Chapel,

The 2014 Quiet Day is set for Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at St. Luke’s Chapel beginning at 8:30 a.m. This Quiet Day will be a pilgrimage to different holy places on the campus of the University of the South, with gatherings in several locations for meditations. Please refer to the schedule below for an overview of the day’s activities. Silence will be observed throughout the day, except during the liturgies.

Bios of the speakers may be found below.

Ash Wednesday Quiet Day Schedule

St. Luke’s Chapel     8:30 a.m.    Opening Remarks
  8:35 Morning Prayer
  8:50 First Meditation
“Place” -- Dr. Bill Hethcock
  9:15 Silent Meditation Period
The Cornerstone    10:15 a.m.    Second Meditation
“‘Till not a stone was left on stone: The Second Founding of the University of the South.”
Vice Chancellor John McCardell
  10:40 Silent Meditation Period
Convocation Hall    11:40 a.m.    Noonday Prayers
  Noon Lunch, in silence
University Cemetery    1:00 p.m.     Third Meditation
"And Some There Be Who Have No Memorial--memory and monuments in University Cemetery"
Dr. Jerry Smith
  1:25 Silent Meditation Period
All Saints Chapel    2:30 p.m.    Closing Prayers and Dismissal

Speaker Bios

The Rev. Dr. William Hethcock
William Hethcock was ordained an Episcopal priest after studying at General Theological Seminary in New York. He served congregations in Greensboro and Durham, N.C. The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina then called him to work as program director of the diocesan staff. Hethcock also served at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio.

At The School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Hethcock was director of field education and taught homiletics. After retiring as professor emeritus of homiletics at Sewanee, he taught homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr.,
John McCardell, president emeritus of Middlebury College and 16th vice-chancellor of the University of the South, is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, and did his graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and then at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in history. His specialty is U.S. history in the 19th century with special emphasis on the South and on American historiography.

Since his arrival at Sewanee in 2010, McCardell has challenged the university to seize today’s opportunities to fulfill its vision of being a nationally prominent university located in the South. He has also challenged the conventional wisdom about the cost, the price, and the value of higher education. In 2011, in an unprecedented move, Sewanee reduced its tuition and fees by 10 percent. Since then, has Sewanee offered incoming students guaranteed tuition for four years. The university hopes by these decisions to make a first-rate education more accessible for more families.

Dr. Gerald Smith
Gerald Smith has taught in the religion department for 45 years and was an occasional lecturer at The School of Theology.  Smith briefly attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary before transferring to Duke Divinity School from which he holds a B.D. degree. His graduate work at Duke was in the area of religion and culture.  He currently offers courses with a field component. His courses such as rural religion and religion and ecology emphasize the material culture component of belief systems. Smith is particularly interested in how the things people build reflect what they believe.

A special area of his research is the early 19th century burial monuments of the Upland South. Smith enjoys hiking, hunting, photography, and fly-fishing. He serves as associate University historiographer, as co-editor of the Sewanee History Project, and is the Robert M. Ayres, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Religion.