Bishop Payne Library

Dear Patrons,
Welcome to the Bishop Payne Library web site, your portal to our theological research services. Contact our library staff through the Ask a Librarian service or call us at (703)461-1733.
  You are invited to a celebration of the donation to Bishop Payne Library of the  David R. Curfman, M.D. Collection of Sacred Music and Liturgy.
  Sunday, June 26, 2016
      4:00 p.m. - Curfman Collection Dedication: Bishop Payne Library
      4:45 p.m. - Organ Recital by Todd Fickley in memory of J. Reilly Lewis and David Curfman: Immanuel Chapel
      6:00 p.m. - Reception: Immanuel Chapel’s North Terrace

Highlights on our website
Library catalog - access to most of our resources
Electronic databases - (remote access for VTS students, faculty, staff and Board members)
Information about borrowing privileges 
Washington Theological Consortium- reciprocal borrowing among seminaries
Virginia Seminary Archives,  the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) & the Black Episcopalians Research Guide
Digitized books and documents including the Yattendon Hymnal online
AAEHC Travel Grant application and information

Mitzi Budde
Head Librarian & Professor

May 2016
William Bradley Roberts, D.M.A., Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary and Director of Chapel Music, recommends the following books as part of the Bishop Payne Library’s monthly series highlighting a faculty member’s “picks”:
Teresa L. Reed: The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003)
This work of thorough scholarship is a delight to read. Winner of the 2004 American Recorded Sound Collection’s Award for Best Research in Recorded Rock, Rhythm & Blues or Soul, Reed’s book looks at the often uncomfortable, but nonetheless vital, connection between secular and sacred music in the African American tradition. She persuasively argues that the most famous secular musicians in the black community based their sounds on music they first heard in church.
Francis H. Wade: The Art of Being Together: Common Sense for Lifelong Relationships. (Cincinnati: Forward Movement, 2007)
Written by a wise and seasoned Episcopal priest, this book is invaluable for strengthening readers’ relationships, but also could serve a wonderful resource for pre-marriage counseling. Frank Wade is rector emeritus of St. Alban’s, Washington, and is a popular adjunct professor at VTS. He obviously draws upon years of pastoral work and also his own blessed and happy relationship with his late wife.
Martin Laird, O.S.A.: Two related books, Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation and A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness and Contemplation. (New York, Oxford, 2006 and 2011)
In our culture of speed, noise, and distraction, Laird calls us like an ancient mystic to focus on the present, to sit in silence so still that one can hear the heartbeat of God. These slim volumes teach practices that will fill your spiritual reservoir. Rich material for retreats, Laird’s books beckon us to a holy place that is our natural homeland, a place to which we long to return. Laird is Professor of Theology at Villanova University.
Richard Grant: Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2015)
The non-fiction story of a couple who move from New York City to the poorest county in Mississippi, encountering characters of curious eccentricity but generous hospitality. The author mines rich comedy from the cultural clashes between the couple and the local citizenry. Alongside this deft, light touch, Grant presents the most trenchant discussion of the Deep South’s racial complexities that I, a native Mississippian, have ever encountered. If salty language offends you, pass this one by. Backwoods bluesmen and faded aristocrats abound.


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Just a reminder that Alums retain borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request these as well others in the catalog be sent at no cost.  Alums do pay the shipping costs for the books’ return.
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