The School of Theology welcomed its new residential students on Aug. 14 with 10 days of orientation activities that will include the distribution of Apple iPads, introductions to the faculty, canonically required workshops, and tours of the library and other facilities on the University of the South campus.
On Aug. 15, students and faculty of the School boarded a bus to Hayneville, Ala., to participate in the 50th anniversary of the death of the martyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal seminary student who died in Alabama in 1965 when he stepped in front of a shotgun blast aimed at black teenager Ruby Sales. Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry preached at the communion service in the courthouse.
Classes will officially begin on Aug. 25, however, the students will spend the 24th in quiet retreat followed by gowning and signing the book at the matriculation service later that evening. The Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby, bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, will lead the quiet day retreat this year.
The new class of 2017 includes 27 new students enrolled in a variety of degrees including M.Div., M.A., and D.A.S., and represent 25 different dioceses from all regions of the country including Hawaii. Two international students hail from Southern Malawi and Liberia. Fifteen percent report ethnicity other than Caucasian. Thirty-six percent of the class is female and 64 percent is male. Forty-one percent of the new students are single with 59 percent being married or partnered.
New to the faculty this year is the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Anthony who is the visiting assistant professor of preaching. The Rev. Dr. William Brosend, professor of homiletics, will be covering the New Testament courses during Dr. Paul Holloway’s sabbatical.
"We are pleased and excited to welcome our new students, friends, colleagues, and their family to Sewanee,” stated Bishop Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology. We are blessed to have an academically strong and richly diverse group of student from all across the nation and around the world. It is going to be a wonderful year!"