This week some VTS doctoral students are back on campus for our annual doctoral writing week. These students have completed all of their coursework and are now working on their project theses. This week gives them an opportunity to have dedicated time and space to write, away from the many demands of their full-time ministry.
As part of this offering, VTS provides workshops on writing to help our students make real progress toward completing their thesis. Dr. Sharon Heaney, our Director of Academic Writing, ably leads this effort with her passion and encouragement—it’s wonderful to see her and the students come alive when she talks about the process of making theological arguments. Along with Sharon, doctoral Senior Lecturer Elizabeth Ford Friend provides a vital perspective from Christian Spirituality on the art of theological writing. From Beth our students see that writing is a spiritual discipline, not only a means toward the end of completing a doctorate. The Bishop Payne Library staff are also vital to this writing week, providing research guidance to students and pointing them toward resources they did not know to consult.
We are pleased that our doctoral students will return home energized and empowered to complete their theses, for each thesis is a gift to their community and the wider church.
The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D. Director of Doctoral Programs Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture