Fridays at the Seminary

An ongoing reflection series featuring compelling topics and hosted by theological thinkers. View the 2014-2015 Fridays schedule.

Fridays at the Seminary lectures and workshops are held in the Lettie Pate Evans Room, Addison Academic Center, lower level. Registration includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Shepherds, Stable, Star and...Popcorn?: The Nativity of Jesus in Movies
December 12, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Dr. Justin Lewis-Anthony

How World Christianity is Changing World Mission
March 6, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Dr. Robert Heaney

Practicing Resurrection: Deepening Faith as the Body of Christ
April 10, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Dr. Timothy Sedgwick

Sparkling in the Darkness: The Spirituality of Pauli Murray
May 8, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Professor Donyelle C. McCray
Shepherds, Stable, Star
The Nativity of Jesus
in the Movies

Since the beginning of cinema the story of Jesus's life has been a popular subject for film-makers and cinema-goers. What kinds of decision go into makeing films about the Messiah? How do the different movies depict his birth, and can we see different ideas bout who Jesus is in the different ways the nativity has been depicted?

The Rev. Dr. Justin Lewis-Anthony, Ph.D. joined the VTS faculty in August 2013 and is the associate dean of students and director of anglican studies. He completed a Ph.D. in theology and film from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2012. His thesis examined the contrasting ways in which leaders and followers, teachers and disciples, are portrayed in the Christian tradition and in popular film, arguing that much of the expressed desire for “leadership” within the church has its origins within cultural rather than theological models. Read More

How World Christianity
is Changing
World Mission

The world is a changed and changing place. To analyze such change independent of religion and theology is to understand little. Dr. Heaney will identify major themes of religious change in the twentieth and twenty-first century and invite participants into considering how themes such as independence, migration and pluralism shape Christian practice and Christian belief.

The Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D, D.Phil. joined the Virginia Theological Seminary in Fall 2013. He serves as the director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and assistant professor of Christian mission at VTS. As director, Heaney ensures the center’s continued support of theological education; the engagement of Anglican leaders and scholars in study, research and conversation; and interreligious dynamics across the Communion. (Read More).