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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 building is closed until further notice, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please direct all inquiries to paynelib@vts.edu. 

The catalog and all electronic resources remain available. A guide for navigating online research can be found at https://vts.libguides.com/coronavirus. 
Please hold onto any books you have checked out for now: all due dates have been extended. 

The Bishop Payne Library is located on the campus of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. 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.

Bishop Payne Library > Prof's Picks

March 2020
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.
Karen Madigan, STM, MLIS, MTS, is our inimitable Public Services Librarian. She will be retiring this year, after more than 19 years of service to VTS students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae. This is her swan song of book recommendations:
Heyer, Kristin E., Kinship Across Borders : A Christian Ethic of Immigration. (Washington DC : Georgetown University Press, 2012.)
This book discusses immigration as a family issue. It cannot be reduced to merely a security or a legal issue. At root, it is an understanding of the human person and the sanctity of the human family. Heyer has developed a Christian immigration ethic and calls on the church to promote practices and policies reflecting justice and solidarity. During this election year, can we as a church stand up for the least in our society?
Stevenson, Bryan, Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption. (New York : Spiegel and Grace, 2014.)
This is the story of Bryan Stevenson’s work with the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those who are ignored by the criminal justice system in the southern United States. This book is a powerful indictment of the criminal justice system, where justice is not equally practiced. It is also a story of human courage and perseverance as Stevenson fights incredible odds for those that he represents.
Stout, Rex, Too Many Cooks. (New York : Bantam Books, 1988.)
My list wouldn’t be complete without a mystery novel. In this work, the sleuth, Nero Wolfe, is to be the keynote speaker at a gathering of the greatest chefs in the world when one is found murdered. Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, set to work on the case. Of course, when Nero Wolfe is on the case, the killer is soon to be revealed.

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    The Bishop Payne Library building
    is closed until further notice,
    due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Please direct all inquiries to
Phone: 703-461-1733
Email: paynelib@vts.edu
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3640 Bishop Walker Circle
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