Each month the Bishop Payne Library invites a member of the VTS faculty and community
to share what books they are reading for research, curriculum or pleasure.
Vincent Williams is Library Assistant at Bishop Payne Library and Director of Christian Education at Potomac United Methodist Church. He has an M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge. Vincent publishes articles frequently on his website https://curatingtheology.org/. Here are his recommendations:
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. Penguin Random House, (1855 Edition Text), 1961 first Penguin print.
There is no better pocket guide to carry on long walks than Whitman’s poetic masterpiece. More than ever before, I’ve found Whitman’s poetry an essential companion to daily neighborhood strolls. While you’re on your feet, reflecting on life and receiving the rejuvenating breath that only nature can provide, learn “how to see” from the American Psalmist, Walt Whitman. Start with Song of Myself.
Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector by William Meehan III and Kim Jonker. Stanford University Press, 2018.
The coronavirus crisis has forced each of us toward renewed creativity in our leadership. As you’re adjusting to what life looks like on the other side, brush up on the essentials of strategic management. Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker are professors at Stanford in management and philanthropy as well as senior advisors to McKinsey & Company. They share a whole host of best practices for thinking through mission, measuring impact, building high-quality teams, and fundraising. We all have the potential to come out of this crisis stronger; this book will help you exceed your goals.
The Word Made Flesh: A Theology of the Incarnation by Ian McFarland. Westminster John Knox Press, 2019.
Ian McFarland is quite simply one of our generation’s greatest theological minds. In his newest book, a contribution to Christology, McFarland unabashedly defends a “Chalcedonianism without reserve.” Far from a mere recapitulation of historical orthodoxy, McFarland develops novel solutions to contemporary debates by stressing the importance of Christ’s human nature as the locus of divine identity.