Bishop Payne Library

Bishop Payne Library

"Our passion is to help you go deeper in your faith and vocation through reading, research, and resources."
The Bishop Payne Library is located on the campus of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. The library serves seminary students and their families, faculty and staff, as well as local clergy and Christian educators, students and faculty of the Washington Theological Consortium and VTS alumni.   

The Bishop Payne Library holds over 250,000 volumes and provides access to 300,000 ebook titles and 2,000 periodicals. The Library is also home to the Seminary Archives and the African-American Episcopal Historical Collection.
Alumni have lifetime borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request booksto be sent at no cost. Read more about Alumni Borrowing Privileges here.

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Prof’s Picks
October 2019

Each month the Bishop Payne Library invites a member of the VTS faculty to
share what books they are reading for research, curriculum or pleasure.
The Rev. Robert S. Heaney Ph.D, D.Phil. is Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and Associate Professor of Christian Mission.

John G. Flett and David W. Congdon eds., Converting Witness: The Future of Christian Mission in the New Millennium. London: Lexington Books, 2019.
As with any Festschrift (and this one is for Darrell Guder), the collection can be somewhat uneven. Nonetheless, Converting Witness ranges over topics such as catholicity, sending and Barth, integral mission, and mission as interfaith witness and may well make this volume worth picking up and pondering. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Joy Harjo, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems: 1975–2001. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004 [2002].

I spend my vacations reading poetry. To be honest, poetry is key to my daily as well as yearly survival on this planet so it’s probably more accurate to say: on vacation I read a lot of poetry! This collection is a good introduction to the laureate’s voice. “If these words can do anything/ if these songs can do anything/ I say bless this house/ with stars./ Transfix us with love.”
Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist. New York: One World, 2019.

Part biography and part historical, social, and philosophical analysis, Ibram X. Kendi answers fundamental questions on what racism means and what might be a just answer to its ongoing prevalence in discourses, structures, and policies. “Our world is suffering from metastatic cancer. Stage 4. Racism has spread to nearly every part of the body politic...the heartbeat of racism is denial; the heartbeat of antiracism is confession.” (p.234–235)


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