In response to the School of Theology’s appeal to owning dioceses and the parishes within those dioceses to make their best gift to the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign, the Trinity Cathedral of Little Rock has committed $100,000 to the building fund. The Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign has a goal of raising $25 million for the School of Theology. Of that, $15 million is dedicated to raising funds for the new academic building and relocation.
“We believe the renewal of our seminary by returning it to a central position on the University’s campus is a profoundly important step in our being a leader in what Presiding Bishop Michael Currie calls the ‘Jesus Movement,’” says Dean Alexander. “Sewanee is well positioned as a leading educator of a new generation of clergy—a generation we believe is vitally important to the future of that movement.”
The Very Rev. Dr. Chris Keller, III, dean of Trinity Cathedral, in presenting the gift, stated, “Personally, I love the University of the South and what it represents: a liberal arts college nested in the Christian faith and Christian church. I think it is important to be reminded that the Christian tradition can be and has been the home of intellectual inquiry. I also look forward to the School of Theology returning to central campus. I like what that represents for the University—a reintegration of the School in the life of the University and a return to Cardinal Newman’s idea that all knowledge and learning occurs in a comprehensive whole.
For Trinity Cathedral, we take very seriously our investment as a member of an owning diocese,” reflected Keller. “We have long fed from the University, with many cathedral staff having studied there and as a long time site for Education for Ministry (EfM). The Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign gives us an opportunity to highlight that connection and to make being a part of the owning group more salient.”
Keller is also founder of the SUMMA program at Sewanee, a theological debate society for high school students that focuses on enriching faith through intellectual engagement.