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

A Day of Tributes to Martin Luther King

Eucharist Service in Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The School of Theology invites the Sewanee community to a Eucharist service in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. Nikki Mathis, assistant dean for community life, will preach. The service will be held in the School’s Chapel of the Apostles at 12 Noon on Jan. 16.

The School of Theology’s Committee for Diversity & Reconciliation Presents a Service Honoring the Witness of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This simple service of prayers, music, and readings from Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” will be held at All Saints’ Chapel of the University of the South, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 16. School of Theology dean for community life, the Rev. Nikki Mathis, will preside, and the letter will be read in its entirety by a variety of student leaders, faculty, and administrators from the college and The School of Theology. The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is MLK’s masterpiece of Christian witness to the evils of racism and the urgency with which it must be confronted. 

The Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Community 27th Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

CCJP is hosting their 27th Annual Community Celebration in the Hearth Room of the Bishop’s Commons on the campus of the University of the South, beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16. The focus of this year’s program is on the historic events of the process of integrating Franklin Country Schools in the mid-1960’s. There will be music from Sewanee Praise, dancing, and a potluck supper. Some food will be provided, and community members are encouraged to bring a dish to share. This event is co-sponsored by CCJP, the African American Alliance, the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, the Outreach Office, and the Franklin County NAACP.

 

Chapel of the Apostles | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Chapel of the Apostles

Services

The worship of God is the primary focus for life at Sewanee. The deep rhythm of daily Morning and Evening Prayer and the life of God flowing out of the Eucharist give shape and purpose to the community. The seminary’s Chapel of the Apostles provides the daily setting for services and a transcendent space for forming clergy.

Schedules

A calendar of the Saints is available here.

Student Participation

From Monday to Friday, The School of Theology offers daily the Anglican liturgical round, Morning Prayer, the Eucharist, and Evening Prayer. All members of the community are encouraged to participate in all services as a matter of personal formation and discipline and as a means of support for other members of the community. Students fill particular roles as officiants in the Daily Office, readers, servers, and preachers at Morning Prayer, and participate in the planning of the Thursday Eucharist. The customary usage for the Chapel of the Apostles has details about each service.

 

 

Places of Worship | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Places of Worship

Chapel of the Apostles

335 Tennessee Avenue
Sewanee, Tenn.
Phone: 931.598.1578

Holy Eucharist: (when school is in session)
12 Noon Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
11 a.m. Wednesday
5:45 p.m. Thursday
Morning Prayer: (when school is in session)
8:10 a.m. Monday through Friday
Evensong/Evening Prayer: (when school is in session)
5:40 p.m. Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

All Saints' Chapel

735 University Avenue
Sewanee, Tenn.
Phone: 931.598.1274

Chaplain for the University and Dean of All Saints’ Chapel: The Very Rev. Thomas E. Macfie Jr.
Associate Chaplain: The Rev. Dr. Melissa M. Hartley

Sunday Service Schedule
8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, All Saints' Chapel
11 a.m. Holy Eucharist (University Service), All Saints' Chapel
4 p.m. Choral Evensong, All Saints' Chapel
6:30 p.m. Growing in Grace (Informal Eucharist), All Saints' Chapel

Otey Parish

216 University Avenue
Sewanee, Tenn.
Phone: 931.598.5926

Sunday Service Schedule
8:50 a.m. Holy Eucharist
11 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Nursery is available from 8:30 to noon on Sundays.

St. James Episcopal Church

898 Midway Road
Sewanee, Tenn.
Phone 931.598.9613

Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Dr. Linda Hutton

Sunday Service Schedule
9 a.m. Worship and Fellowship
9 a.m. Children's Church School

St. Mary’s Convent

770 St. Mary’s Lane
Sewanee, Tenn.
Phone: 931.598.0046
800.728.1659

Sunday Service Schedule
8 a.m. Holy Eucharist

 

Spiritual Development | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Spiritual Development

Every aspect of seminary life — academics, worship, personal interaction, service, private life — is an opportunity for spiritual development. Seminarians and their families have special supports for that struggle and growth, as they live with the Holy Spirit on the Mountain. Faculty members and spiritual directors can offer insight and care. The seminary has quiet days, special seminars and workshops, retreats, and reflection groups that help clear your mind and confirm your faith. Sometimes, just a simple hike along the perimeter trail is spiritual development in its own right. Every year, students take the initiative to form their own prayer groups, bible studies, service projects, and far more.

Spiritual Directors

Although spiritual direction for seminarians is not mandatory, many find it a helpful discipline. Those in formation for ministry, and other family members as well, are encouraged to make use of this spiritual practice. The office for community life is responsible for maintaining a list of spiritual directors and confessors for seminarians and their spouses. Interested parties can either view the list of spiritual directors or contact the associate dean for community life.

Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer Support Group meets every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, Room 238.

Catechumenate

The Catechumenate offers the opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a setting of conversation and inquiry.  Many find these small groups to be an important and supportive community during their time in Sewanee. The Catechumenate meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the Bairnwick Women’s Center.  On the first Wednesday of the month, we start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner. 

St. Mary’s Sewanee

St. Mary's Sewanee is a Center for Spiritual Development resting on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, that offers a place of natural beauty and quiet for retreat, renewal and learning.

Worship | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Worship

As the centerpiece of the community, worship unites students with local residents and creates a focus for life at Sewanee. The deep rhythm of daily Morning and Evening Prayer and the life of God flowing out of the Eucharist give shape and purpose to the community.  The seminary’s Chapel of the Apostles provides the daily setting for services and a transcendent space for forming clergy.

Here, you can gain experience planning, conducting services, and preaching in the Episcopal, Methodist, and Lutheran traditions. Those wishing to practice their vocations in Spanish-speaking communities have weekly opportunities to conduct services in Spanish as well.

Central to the University’s campus, historic All Saints’ Chapel provides yet another example of Episcopal liturgical practice, with a festal Eucharist accompanied by a pipe organ and the 60-voice University choir.