Bishop Payne Library

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.
 Highlights on our website:
Library catalog - access to most of our resources 
Electronic databases - (remote access for VTS students, faculty, staff and Board members)
From Our Blog:
Information about borrowing privileges 
Washington Theological Consortium- reciprocal borrowing among seminaries
Virginia Seminary Archives and the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC)
Electronic Theses - also searchable in the library catalog
AAEHC Travel Grant application and information

Mitzi Budde
Head Librarian & Professor

Prof’s Picks
April 2019
The Reverend James W. Farwell, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Liturgy, recommends the following books as part of the Bishop Payne Library’s monthly series highlighting a faculty member’s “picks”:
Mark S. Heim, Crucified Wisdom: Theological Reflection on Christ and the Bodhisattva (Fordham University Press, 2019)
After much fine writing on religious plurality, Mark Heim has turned his attention to comparative theology: deep exploration of the wisdom of another spiritual tradition from which one returns to reconsider one’s own in light of that wisdom. Here Heim explores the nondualistic “perfection of wisdom” tradition in Buddhism and then returns to engage reconciliation and atonement in Christian faith and practice. This is a terrific addition to the rapidly growing literature of Christian comparative theology.
Mary Gordon, On Thomas Merton (Shambhala, 2018)
As someone who has read and re-read every word of Merton’s corpus and most of the significant works about him, I was skeptical whether there would be anything new to learn here. But in this book, Mary Gordon the writer reads Merton the writer, offering a fresh consideration of the productive irony of Merton’s vocation: a monk in an order committed to deep silence, who could not have silenced his pen if he tried. If Merton speaks to you, “read” him with Mary Gordon.
Shelly Rambo, Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma
(Baylor University Press, 2017)
Shelly Rambo authored a book I have used for some time in teaching about liturgy in the context of trauma. This is her follow-up, offering a fascinating cross-reading of the post-resurrection Thomas narrative in the gospel of John and the story of Gregory of Nyssa’s attention during burial preparations to the scar on his sister Macrina’s dead body. She offers this as theological meditation on wounds and our inclination to try and erase them – especially those of racism, trauma, and war – in service to a vision of resurrection life that is honest to our condition. This is a book to read slowly and ruminatively.

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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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