VTS Announces New Book by Margaret Adams Parker and Professor Katherine Sonderegger

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ALEXANDRIA, Va – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces the publication of Praying the Stations of the Cross: Finding Hope in a Weary Land (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019), coauthored by VTS adjunct instructor, Margaret Adams Parker, and the Rev. Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D., William Meade Professor of Theology at VTS.

"This is a beautiful and haunting book that in its profound meditations on Christ's way of sorrow engages the mind and the heart," said the Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs. "Peggy and Kate have given us a true gift as they walk alongside us as guides to bring us deeper into the way of the Cross"

Praying the Stations of the Cross offers a life-transforming spiritual practice that strengthens our awareness of God’s healing presence. Grounded in Scripture, the Stations remind readers of the overarching power of God’s love for all people and our steadfast hope for redemption, a sure and true comfort in the face of pain and sorrow. This new book makes the Stations of the Cross accessible for those new to the practice and offers compelling insight to those with long familiarity. Equally useful for individuals, groups, and congregations, Praying the Stations of the Cross can be used as an ongoing spiritual practice, a service offered in times of sorrow, struggle, or conflict, or a Lenten devotion.

The Most. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, says, “In this creative collaborative work, Parker the artist and Sonderegger the preacher offer deeply poignant reflections on Jesus’s Passion and provide very helpful tools for further exploration. Here the weary will indeed find refreshment, and those in need of spiritual nourishment will be amply satisfied.”

“A profound and spiritually moving book,” writes Rev. George Hunsinger, Ph.D., the McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. “The practice of the Stations is opened up and made newly accessible in a fully ecumenical way. The pervading spirit of the Stations is removed from self-absorbed penitential practices and wonderfully enlarged by the mercy of Christ toward the sins and sorrows of the world. For those who have eyes t see and ears to hear, the result is generous orthodoxy in action.”

Parker has taught on the adjunct faculty at Virginia Seminary since the academic year 1991-92.  An artist whose work often deals with religious and social justice themes, she has completed numerous commissions for churches and religious institutions and has an extensive exhibition record that includes 25 solo shows. In 2016 she was honored for her sculture "Mary as Prophet – He has filled the hungry with good things" by Faith & Form, the journal of the Interfaith Forum for Religion, Art, and Architecture.

Sonderegger is also the author of That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew: Karl Barth's "Doctrine of Israel" (University Park: Penn State Press, 1992). She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Kampen-Princeton Barth Consultation, Karl Barth Society of North America; American Theological Society, Society for the Study of Theology, and since 2004 has been the co-chair for the Reformed Theology executive committee. Praying the Stations of the Cross: Finding Hope in a Weary Land can be ordered directly from the publisher or from Amazon.

Join Sonderegger and Parker for a special four-week class, Prayer for All Seasons: The Stations of the Cross in Advent, Lent, and Across the Year on Thursday evenings: October 24 & 31, and November 7 & 14, 2019, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Learn more here.


Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.
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