In Quiet Defiance, the Rev. John M. Moncrief Enrolled at the University of the South

In the summer of 1953, the Rev. John McCoy Moncrief broke the "color line" at Sewanee, becoming the first African American to enroll in the University of the South. Killed in an automobile accident in early 1955, he did not complete his degree. In official and professional explorations of the University of the South’s history, Moncrief garners no more than a mention. In fact, until the Roberson Project at the University began researching his life in the fall of 2023, historians had never seen a photograph of him. Director of the Roberson Project, Dr. Woody Register examines this rich and turbulent history and the impact Father Moncrief made before his life was cut short.

Bishop Anne Jolly on Trying, Failing, and a God Who Says Go

The Rt. Rev. Anne B. Jolly, T’13, is a graduate of the School of Theology and the first female bishop to serve the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. Writer and former classmate, Jeannie Babb, T'12,T'13, sat down with Jolly to reflect on her path.


Transforming Climates: Preaching Environmental Justice

Racial and planetary climates are shifting in ways that demand transformation of our society. Yet many communities are at a loss for how to respond, not knowing where and how to begin. In this environment, congregations naturally look to leaders for guidance, though many clergy feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. Beginning in April with a two-day conference, the School of Theology expands its continuing education offerings to address this challenge.

Stepping Back Not Down: the Rev. Dr. Becky Wright Transitions

The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Abts Wright is determined that there will be no fuss. After a teaching career at Sewanee spanning over thirty years, Becky Wright will be transitioning away from full-time faculty responsibilities at the end of the academic year in order to focus on her passion: teaching the Hebrew language as a tool for interpreting the Bible in service to the Church.

Lizette Larson-Miller on Baptism, Ordination, and Belonging

Communion without baptism has long been a topic of debate in the Episcopal Church. When in 2022 a proposal to remove the requirement for baptism in order to partake in the eucharist came before the Church’s legislative body, the debate came to a head. The conversation continues Sept. 27 with the Rev. Canon Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller at the School of Theology’s Annual Lectures.

Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community in Sewanee: Kelton Riley

Kelton Riley, T’23, who goes by his last name, says that he has felt “celebrated” at Sewanee. That statement is quite literally true: the recent graduate from Athens, Alabama, received two of the University’s most important prizes in his middler year—the Woods Leadership Award and the Freeman Award for Merit. But the celebration goes much further than any certificate for Riley, the first transgender postulant from his diocese and the first transgender postulant undergoing formation for the priesthood at the School of Theology. 

A Conversation with Kevin Goodman

Episcopal priest Kevin Goodman is an Education for Ministry (EfM) graduate, a mentor, and a trainer—and the next executive director of the program. He was introduced to EfM as a child, became a mentor at 21, and credits EfM with making him who he is, both as a Christian and as a priest.

Preparing Seminarians for the Real World

The Rev. Richard Cogill has brought a distinctive perspective to his work as the School of Theology’s director of contextual education. Cogill’s ministry has taken him from his native South Africa to Palestine, South Korea, Minnesota, and now to Sewanee. While some might express surprise that this globetrotting priest came to a rural corner of Southeastern Tennessee, Cogill is quick to note how deep an exchange—intellectual, relational, and spiritual—exists between those who are residents of the Domain and the wider world.

Hannah Matis to Join School of Theology Faculty and Administration

Historian, theologian, scholar, and storyteller Hannah Matis is a firm believer in the power of narrative. She understands history as the stories we tell ourselves about the past—stories of forgotten people and lost ways of life. Most are pieced together from fragmented evidence, and yet they serve as bricks in the foundation of our present. As Matis often reminds her students, history is far more alive now than we think.

Called with Complexity: the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton

When asked about her hopes for the Episcopal Church, the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton says, “I am about indigenizing this Church.” Taber-Hamilton delivered this thought-provoking message to a large audience on March 1 as speaker for the annual Melissa L. Kean, T’19, Memorial Lecture, hosted by the School of Theology and held in Sewanee’s Convocation Hall.

A Conversation with Dean Jackson

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Theolog Gazette invited the Rev. Dr. Deborah Jackson, T’07, our Associate Dean for Community Life, to share more about her path to Sewanee, professional goals, and personal “sheroes.” Before entering seminary, Dean Jackson worked for more than two decades in the corporate world, and, she notes, “Skills I developed previously are transferable to my current duties, and I can see them being used daily as I complete my various tasks.”

Marcus Halley on the Power of Learning, Prayer, and Place

The Very Rev. Marcus Halley, T’15, T’22, has served in parishes, on diocesan staffs in Minnesota and Connecticut, and now works as the chaplain and dean of spiritual and religious life at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has authored two books, Proclaim!: Sharing Words, Living Examples, Changing Lives (2020) and Abide in Peace: Healing and Reconciliation (2021). At the center of his life’s work and vocation is the importance of theological formation for all Christians. 

Advanced Degrees—More Accessible Than Ever

Every summer, a group of clergy, academics, and other theologically trained professionals gather in Sewanee to work toward obtaining advanced degrees. Students come from New Zealand, Malawi, Brazil, the Caribbean, Canada, and across the United States. Once back home, they continue their writing and research throughout the year. While some students remain in Sewanee all year, most have taken four to six summers to complete an advanced degree—until now.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Center Launches

On January 17, the University of the South launched a Truth Racial Healing & Transformation Center. One of 16 institutions recently selected by American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to open a new center, the University of the South joins more than 70 existing centers across the country. Co-Directors David Stark, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at the School of Theology and Tiffany Momon, Assistant Professor of History at the College, spoke at the event, as did Sibby Anderson-Thompkins the University's Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Stepping Up with Termain Hicks

Wrongly accused and incarcerated as a young man, Termaine Hicks spent 19 years fighting for justice. Along the way he found invincible faith and, finally, freedom. It is well known in the Episcopal Church and beyond: Education for Ministry (EfM) changes lives. Most of the more than 120,000 people who have participated in the four-year theological education program will agree. Many will have a tale of transformation to share. Framed for rape in 2001 at the age of 26, Hicks was falsely incarcerated for nearly two decades. 

Alumni Spotlight: The Rev. Scott Arnold

The Rev. Scott Arnold, T’87, has spent 18 years serving as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a small parish in Prattville, Alabama—but his writing career started several decades earlier. “I think I got the writing bug when I was in second grade,” he says. “Our teacher, Mrs. McAfee, had us all write a poem, and she chose mine to read to the class. Of course, for a 7 or 8 year old, that was a high honor.”

In Memoriam

The School of Theology pays tribute to the Rev. Canon Dr. Joseph N. Green T’65, H’10, who died on January 13 at the age of 96. He made history at Sewanee in 1965 as one of the first two African American students to earn a degree from the University of the South when he was awarded a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the School of Theology, together with his first cousin, the Rev. William Fletcher O’Neal. Father Green’s remarkable life was guided by faith, service, resilience, and perseverance.

Memory Works

How does memory shape communities? What fuels the narratives we establish about the people, places, and institutions we choose to commemorate—and how might our stories, monuments, and other “works of memory” reinforce racial inequities? These questions served as the theme for Memory Works: A Symposium on Remembering and Reckoning with Slavery’s Legacies, an event sponsored by the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation at Sewanee last month. The Rev. Meghan Mazur, T’22, and Shelley Martin, T’24, presented research projects at the symposium’s poster session, joining undergraduate and graduate students, public historians, preservationists, and community organizers from around the country.

Cultivating a Vision for Latino Ministry with Anthony Guillén

“Our vision of the future of The Episcopal Church is a multiethnic, multilingual, multicultural, and multigenerational Church that ministers to the world in which we live today,” says the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén. Now more than ever, he sees a wide-open opportunity for The Episcopal Church to achieve that vision. Journalist Jeannie Babb sits down with Guillén to talk about moving the Church’s vision toward reality with Latino ministry.


Creating Space for Teens: SUMMA Theological Debate Camp

If you want to engage high school students in talking about theology, build a program utilizing their strongest asset—their ability to argue. That was the thought behind the pitch to the School of Theology by the Rev. Dr. Chris Keller about SUMMA Theological Debate Society, his two-year pilot program from Little Rock, Arkansas. It was a hit.

Groundbreaking with the Rev. Robert Jemonde Taylor

The Rev. Robert Jemonde Taylor recently experienced a remarkable string of successes. It started on Sunday, Sept. 25, when he celebrated his ten-year anniversary as rector of Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. The following day, the Diocese of New York announced that Father Taylor is one of five candidates for bishop. By midweek he was in Sewanee at the School of Theology awards banquet, which was packed with seminary and Education for Ministry alumni, being applauded for his outstanding service to The Episcopal Church.

A Crucifix of Color: Artist Laura James Shares her Inspiration for the new Crucifix in the Chapel of the Apostles

On Sept. 27 New York artist, Laura James will be at the School of Theology for the formal installation of her original crucifix in the Chapel of the Apostles. We sat down with James ahead of time to learn how the crucifix came into being.

Remembering Samuel T. Lloyd

The School of Theology mourns the death of the Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III who served as University Chaplain at the University of the South 1988-1993. Sam was a man of spacious vision and a deep, abiding love of God. As a preacher, teacher, and pastor, he premised his ministry on a generous spirited, open minded, intellectually alive Christian faith. As he put it in a collection of sermons, called Soundings, he sought to use the weight of word, image, and story to probe the depths of human lives and point to the transformational power of the mysterious Love at the heart of the universe.

Making a Mark at General Convention

Delayed a year, with committees doing much of their work by Zoom and in a shorter time-frame, the 80th General Convention nonetheless provided many opportunities for School of Theology leadership to make an impact.

Alumnus leads environmental protection movement in Burundi

When the Rev. Simion Kinono, T’21, came to Sewanee from Burundi to pursue his formation, he developed a second calling—protector and champion of Burundi’s environment. Inspired by an environmental ethics class led by Dr. Andrew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and newly appointed Director of the Center for Religion and Environment, Kinono coordinated a three-day environmental education event in Ngozi, Burundi.

Baptism and Eucharist: Theologians welcome the conversation

Should people who are not baptized be invited to receive Communion? The canon says no, but in some places this rule is ignored in practice, and occasional attempts are made to remove the canon all together.

EFM Remembers Founder Charles L. Winters

With his life and work, the Reverend Dr. Charles L. Winters endowed the University of the South with a gift that will benefit faithful clergy and laity for many years to come. Founded nearly 50 years ago, Winters' adult Christian education program, Education for Ministry (EfM), educates thousands of lay Christians across the globe every year. Charles L. Winters passed away on May 17th, 2022 in Asheville, North Carolina and is survived by his loving family and over 120,000 EfM participants.

'The Church Cracked Open' with Author Stephanie Spellers

It’s not easy for the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers to let big conversations pass her by. Of course, as the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation, and as an acclaimed author in her own right, entering the theological fray from her distinct perspective as a woman of color in Episcopal leadership is not just her job—it’s a God-given calling.

Christian and Queer: a Discussion with Mark Jordan

Late this spring, Harvard Professor Dr. Mark Jordan, met with a group of queer seminary students at the School of Theology. The topic: a conversation about queer theology and sexual ethics.

Schola to sing at Westminster Abbey

By invitation the Schola Cantorum of the School of Theology will travel to London and Edinburgh in July to sing week-long residencies at Westminster Abbey and at St. Mary’s Cathedral. This marks the first time in the University’s history that a School of Theology choir has been invited for a British choral residency, and the first time in living memory that any American Episcopal seminary choir has been invited for a residency. Schola will sing services at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland July 11-17 and at Westminster Abbey, London July 18-24.

Progress and Tradition: A Balancing Act

For David Shipps, C'88, and vice president for economic development at the University of the South, growing up as a clergy kid was great preparation for overseeing development of the University's 13,000-acre Domain.

Dean Turrell: Living in Community with Purpose and Charity

When he accepted the position as Dean of the School of Theology in March 2020, Dean Turrell had no idea that the pandemic would last nearly three years and the challenges it would bring to the position. As the community moves toward a more “normal” routine, Jim opens up about his vision for the School of Theology and the Episcopal Church.

A Powerful Pilgrimage

On Saturday March 5, a group of seminarians and faculty from the School of Theology made a pilgrimage to the Legacy Museum and to the Memorial for Justice and Peace in Montgomery, Alabama.

Meeting College Students Where They Are: The Chaplain in Residence Program

When the Rev. Ashley Mangrum was hired as Sewanee’s Assistant Chaplain for Pastoral Care and Interfaith Support in February 2021, she was given a specific challenge: create a program that offers seminarian-led, one-on-one spiritual guidance to undergraduates from all religious (and non-religious) walks of life.

Supporting Latino/Hispanic Ministry for 31 Years

When asked about the future of Latin American ministry in The Episcopal Church, seminarian Yuri Rodriguez, T’23, remarked, “The Episcopal Church has been asking the question of how to reach out to the Latino/Hispanic community in the United States ever since the Lambeth Conference resolved in 1958 that ‘South America’ represented a challenge and an opportunity for evangelistic work." Read how the School of Theology is working hard to train leaders to bridge the gap.

Alumni Spotlight: The Rev. Anne Jolly

As the world slowly emerges from two years of pandemic isolation, the Rev. Anne Jolly, T’13, is focused on building community.

Introducing EFML: Educación para la Formación en el Ministerio Laical

In the fall of 2022, the Beecken Center at the School of Theology will launch a new sister program to Education for Ministry (EfM), designed for participants in a Latinx context.

Meet the Fergusons

Ethan and Anatol Ferguson joined the School of Theology community in the fall of 2021. Anatol is pursuing her Master of Divinity degree, and Ethan, already ordained in The Episcopal Church, is working on his Master of Sacred Theology degree. The Fergusons are from the Bahamas, and when they arrived in August with their son, Zaire, now 8 months old, they became the School of Theology’s “first international family,” a title they claim with pride.

Black Lives Matter, Black History Month, and Beloved Community

As part of its efforts to move towards Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church has made a concerted effort to collect the stories of Black Episcopalians and share them. With the same goal of fostering understanding, Features asked Black college students and School of Theology alumni to share their thoughts about the Black Lives Matter movement and the erosion of minority rights.

The New Revised Standard Version—30 Years in the Making

Dr. Paul Holloway contributed a translation of Paul's Letter to the Philippians to the New Revised Standard Version-Updated Edition (NRSV-UE) of the Bible that will be released in print by the National Council of Churches and the Society of Biblical Literature on May 1, 2022. The goal of the NRSV-UE is to update the 1989 NRSV in light of current understanding of ancient cultures; a project that involved over 20,000 revisions and teams of scholars and editors. Based on Holloway's recent commentary on Philippians for the Hermeneia series, his work on Philippians is sure to impact Pauline scholarship for decades to come.

Bones Find Peace and Their Final Rest

What do you do when confronted with 22 human remains whose living bodies were enslaved in the rice-fields of the Waccamaw Neck, South Carolina, and whose bones had been removed from their resting place when a bulldozer uncovered them during the construction of a luxury home in 2006? DNA results established that these were people of African and Middle Eastern descent whose lives were characterized by hard labor, malnutrition, and disease. Learn how Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church became involved in giving these bones their final resting place.

Where Is God At Work?

The Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf served as an Education for Ministry (EfM) mentor before she was elected bishop of the Diocese of West Tennessee in May 2019. She says people come into Year 1 with one particular frame of reference, and the Hebrew Scriptures can really challenge their worldview. “I enjoy seeing the light bulbs go off,” she says. She loves that EfM is more about embracing questions than expecting definitive answers. The overarching question the bishop has drawn from the program, and asks in all parts of her life is, “Where is God at work?”

In the Midst of a Revolution

There is no disputing that the Church, as we know it, is in transition. From the disruptions of Covid-19 to the ever clanging death knell of low attendance and declining numbers, it is easy to focus on just the gloom and doom predictions of its demise. But is it really as dire as the polls and reports make it seem? The School of Theology reached out to several alumni to get their perspectives on what is really happening at the parish level, and what possibilities lie ahead for The Episcopal Church.

DuBose on DuBose: An Interview with William Porcher DuBose III

In the spring of 2021, the School of Theology announced that the name “DuBose” would be dropped from the annual alumni lectures. Learning of the name change, his namesake William Porcher DuBose III says, “It is what Christ would want.” The School of Theology contacted him concerning the name change and he offered to share his personal journey as he wrestles with a legendary figure in his own family history.

An Interview With Bishop Eugene Sutton

The debate about reparations goes back to 1865. Newly freed Black families would own their own land and the means of getting their produce to market. But in September of that year, just shy of the third anniversary of the writing of the Emancipation Proclamation, President Andrew Johnson shut it all down. "I didn’t really start talking about reparations until about 10 years ago, after I became bishop, explains Sutton. "It wasn’t that I was against it before. But guess what? I wasn’t educated on it. I was just doing my work as a pastor and priest."

School of Theology Graduate Leads Effort to Build School in Mozambique

The Rev. Shadreck Kwagwanji, T’21 may have just left Sewanee a few months ago, but he’s already living into his ministry and acting as the hands and feet of Jesus. Bess Turner asked Shadreck about his new project and what our alumni can do to help.

Moving From Conviction to Faith

Parishes have long been places for people of diverse perspectives and differences of opinions about contemporary issues. Education for Ministry (EfM) offers an environment for discussing and reflecting on diversity of opinion where the parish itself may not. "People learn how to move from certainty to faith. They move from holding their lives together with conviction to being able to know how to trust—trust themselves, trust God, trust others." Learn more about how EfM provides a pathway to meaningful dialogue across differences.

Becoming Catalysts for Change

The Wabash Center helps theology and religion faculty reflect upon the goals and processes of teaching and student learning. Though the Center paints its goals with a large brush, specific symposia narrow the focus for applicants who wish to work with the program. The Rev. Dr. Deborah Jackson has been part of the symposium entitled “Becoming Anti-racist and Catalysts for Change” and is bringing some fresh perspectives to the ongoing conversation about racism and diversity at the School of Theology.

Reimagining the Road Ahead: Creation Care for the Future

With this being Earth Month, the media has been saturated with articles about how climate change is affecting our planet. Sources range from the sciences to faith groups. The information can be overwhelming, yet the crisis is real. The question is—what does it really mean for you? Alumna Corey Stewart, T17, takes an in-depth look at the science, theology, and social justice aspects of climate change and reveals that everyone, yes everyone, can affect positive change.

The Episcopal Church, Indigenous Peoples, and Creation Care

Creation care can be viewed through many lenses. The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton explains why when speaking of environmentalism with indigenous people, you need to take into account their traditions, cultures, systems, and institutions. Dr. Andrew Thompson sums it up as to why the work of the Church involves not only environmental stewardship, but also environmental justice and antiracism.

March is Women in History Month

March is Women in History Month, a time to acknowledge women's contributions to history, culture, and society. Recently, we asked several of our female alumni to share how they have been serving the Church during Coronatide.

Meeting Online: The Highs and Lows of EfM Zoom-inars

Education for Ministry (EfM) is happening in the Zoom world. As churches across the country began shuttering their doors and scrambling to upload services, EfM mentors turned to Zoom-inars. Yes, it has been awkward. Yes, participants get knocked offline, and yes, the screen freezes up. But after speaking with five mentors from across the country it is abundantly apparent that the ministry version of “Hollywood Squares” is a success.

A Conversation With Julia Gatta

In celebration of Women's History Month, Sewanee Theolog sat down with the Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta to find out more about how she came to the Mountain, her goals as a theological educator, and some of the other women in history she admires.

Remembering Matilda Dunn

The Rev. Dr. Matilda Eeleen Greene Dunn, one of the first two Black women to graduate from the School of Theology in 1994 and former lay chaplain for All Saints’ Chapel, died on Jan. 4, 2021, after an impressive and full life of service. Dunn’s influence on the Church, particularly for Sewanee and the Diocese of East Tennessee, was profound. We remember her and thank her for her many contributions during Women’s History Month.

Christ in Full Color: Replacing the Crucifix in the Chapel of the Apostles

At the beginning of the 2020 Advent term, newly appointed Dean of the School of Theology James F. Turrell sent an important announcement to all faculty, staff, and students: “For the past 20 years, the Chapel of the Apostles (COTA) has displayed a crucifix with the body of Christ as a white, European man. As a result of a community meeting on Aug. 3, the faculty recommended unanimously to take down the crucifix and convene a committee to discern a more inclusive replacement.

Answering the Call: Our Black Alumni and the Black Lives Matter Movement

The Black Lives Matter movement steps into the realm of the Biblical prophets who speak of a world we have not known, one where lions lie down with lambs, where assault weapons become gardening spades, and where those who are hungry or thirsty can eat and drink their fill without having to worry. Black alumni from the School of Theology are leading the way in the parishes and local ministry contexts, in their dioceses, and Churchwide as they continue the work of our ancestors: the redemption of Christianity and the administration of self-care all along the journey.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: How the School of Theology’s Curriculum is Changing

At the School of Theology, the faculty and administration have been responding to seminary students who have called for several changes in the School's curricula, programs, and projects to increase non-white representation. Read how these changes are supporting the community's efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A Conversation with the new Academic Dean

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin King has been busy, not the least of that is accumulating titles—professor of Christian history, associate dean for academic affairs, director of the Advanced Degree Program, and most recently, a member of The Roberson Project working group. Features sat down with Professor King to learn more about the many aspects of his job— the curricular changes he has helped usher in, his involvement with the Roberson Project, and some of the highs and lows of providing a top-notch learning environment in the time of Covid-19.

A Ministry of Healing

The Rev. Joseph N. Green Jr., T’65, H’10, has the distinction of having earned a master of sacred theology (S.T.М.) from the School of Theology in 1965. In doing so, he made history as one of the first of two African American students to earn a degree from the University of the South. His cousin, William (Bill) Fletcher O’Neal also graduated in 1965 with an S.T.M. As the University launched a year-long celebration of “55 Years of Black Alumni” at the beginning of the academic year, Green’s life-long accomplishments stand as one of the hallmarks of the School of Theology’s history.

Contextual Education in the Time of Covid-19

When the pandemic drastically impacted Americans in March 2020, the School of Theology had to consider alternative avenues of contextual education. Despite the limitations on travel and in-person practice, however, the pandemic created an opportunity for seminarians to engage with a broader region of the United States without traveling.

Appreciating the Beauty of God’s Creation: Sister Elizabeth Carrillo

As you look at the student profiles of the 2019–2020 entering class at the School of Theology, one profile jumps out—Sister Elizabeth Carrillo, T’21, a Catholic nun pursuing her master of arts degree in religion and environment. That might seem surprising, but as Carrillo explains, she saw it as an “ecumenical opportunity.”

Forming and Sharing Religious Public Policy

The inconvenience of the Gospel is that it requires us to dedicate our lives to God above all—above our family, our friends, and indeed above the empire and our politics. Yet, living above politics still requires us to share the good news with those whom Jesus sought, groups that are systematically debilitated by those in positions of political power. Thus, it becomes the job of the Church as the unified representative of Christ to not only share the Gospel with those who are marginalized, but also to remind those in power of their duty to the marginalized as well.

Faith and Politics

From the Mountain surveyed thousands of participants of Education for Ministry (EfM) and asked had any been elected or appointed to political office. We received responses from city council representatives, cabinet secretaries in state governments, state legislators, school board officials, and former White House officials. They were men and women, straight and LGBTQ+, and members of the Silent Generation, Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials.

Outreach Model—RIP Medical Debt

RIP Medical Debt makes it easy for your parish to help your community. Running a fundraising campaign with RIP Medical Debt is simple, and the process can begin by filling out a form found on their website. Of course, it would be wonderful to build a society in which these kinds of initiatives weren’t needed—a society where necessary medical care wouldn’t bankrupt you and where medical debt wasn’t one of our nation’s largest contributors to poverty—but in the meantime this is one way that a church can help.

Preaching Today: Prophesy and Partisan Politics

There is a a clear distinction between politics and partisanship, a distinction that is critical for preaching in today’s fractious, fragmented world: being political, that is, addressing the status quo among institutions of power, is not the same as being partisan, allowing bias and prejudice to negate the efforts and interests of others.

The Path to Faith and Justice

Kimberly (Kimi) Dement Dean, T’13, sometimes reflects on her unexpected path to faith and justice which began with a law and theology pilot partnership between the University of Tennessee (UT) Law School and the University of the South’s School of Theology in 2013. In Dean’s view, the promise of that pilot was worth considering, so that she might one day be the first of many law and theology students from Sewanee to enter public life in Tennessee.

An Argument for the Existence of God

The Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain, associate professor of theology at the School of Theology, has embarked upon a fascinating research project this year, underwritten by a generous grant from the Templeton Religious Trust. "Features" caught up with MacSwain to get the details about his research to write "An Argument for the Existence of God."

A Resurrection-Shaped Life

The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana offers his fourth book, A Resurrection Shaped Life: Dying and Rising on Planet Earth, as an introspection into our ordinary lives. Owensby presupposes that the resurrection of Jesus occurred as God’s definitive act of love. This “good news” is not just a static moment in time to be evangelized as an answer to what happens after we die, but rather an example of God’s love being poured into our day to day

Balancing Private and Pastoral Practices

The Rev. Danáe Ashley, T’08, loves dancing “with wild abandon to Celtic music and serious karaoke” as well as being a priest and a practicing, licensed marriage and family counselor. An emerging breed of “free-range” priests, she does not, however, consider herself bi-vocational. “Two pieces of work, one vocation,” she states.

Opening up to the Holy Spirit

Many think we can plan the details of our lives, but God has different objectives. Sometimes we need reminding that wrong turns can lead to unique and beautiful destinations we never thought we would experience. Such is the case of two remarkable individuals who are all too familiar with the ways of the Holy Spirit. Enter the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, T'17, and Kate Eaton, who will lead a workshop, "Engaging Ministry; Practices of Prayer, Worship, and Community," on the campus of the University of the South Jan. 30–Feb 1.

The Scholarship of Dr. Paul Holloway

Dr. Paul Holloway is the University Professor of Classics and Ancient Christianity, teaching at both the college for the past three years and the seminary for the past 10. An internationally recognized Pauline scholar, we sat down with Holloway to get a little insight into the man, his scholarship, and life on his family's mini-farm.

Why Newman is Important to Anglicans

On Oct. 13, John Henry Newman became the first canonized English saint since 1970, and the first canonized non-martyr in more than 600 years. The Rev. Dr. Benjamin King of the School of Theology was invited to attend the canonization and speak during a conference on Newman held at the Vatican. We asked King to reflect on the importance of Newman's theology to Anglicans. "He was a bridge between communions, transferring a Catholic vision to worldwide Anglicanism and then bringing some of his Anglicanism with him when he became a Catholic."

Warren Swenson—Pastor, Priest, Teacher

The Rev. Warren Swenson, T'18, says that one of the greatest things about Sewanee is that he doesn’t feel pigeonholed; he can work as a priest in local parishes while simultaneously studying for his master of sacred theology degree and teaching undergraduates. “Even though the course I teach, public speaking, is a secular course, a big part of my ministry is the passing on of knowledge. We have this idea that the Church’s only ministry is feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, etc. I think it’s the teaching and sharing of knowledge that is the true ministry of the Church.”

We Are All Sewanee

When he spoke recently at the “Launching of a New Year” service in All Saints’ Chapel, Gray Hodsdon, T’20, had a unifying message for members of the University community—undergraduates, seminarians, faculty, staff, and others: “We are all Sewanee.” As the president of the St. Luke’s Community student body, Hodsdon was invited to speak during the annual service along with undergraduate student leaders and the vice-chancellor.

Helping Women Find Their Voice

Although the first evangelists were women, there are only a few places worldwide where women are approaching parity in ministry. One School of Theology-trained priest, the Rev. Jean Mweningoma, is working to encourage the shift toward equal church leadership in his corner of the world—the Diocese of Buye in the Republic of Burundi in East/Central Africa.

Speaking the Truth in Love

Paul Marcuson of Williamsburg, Virginia, received many glowing remarks as the winner of the 2019 SUMMA Award at SUMMA Theological Debate Camp, held July 16–25, at the School of Theology. All campers and adult leaders vote anonymously at the end of SUMMA Camp for the youth they believe best exemplifies “speaking the truth in love,” a standard that is upheld throughout camp.

The Gospel and a Rocket Stove

Bartholomew Segu, T’16, travels around Tanzania with a gospel message and a ceramic insulating rocket stove design. While much of the world has transitioned to gas and electric stoves, half the earth’s population continues to burn solid fuels like wood, coal, and biomass. In Tanzania, most cooking takes place indoors where some households have a metal charcoal stove and ventilation is often poor or non-existent. As a result, acute respiratory infections have been named as the leading cause of the deaths of four to five million children every year.