Monday May 7, 2018

Seminarians who are seeking to serve Christ should be constantly attentive to potential injustice or actual racism. This is right and proper. And as a Christian, I must be open to those who have questions about this or that decision, class, meeting, or, in this case, book. I really do welcome questions and thoughtful arguments. 
 
I have heard, although sadly indirectly, that there are students who feel that some of the selections in Words that Listen are inappropriate and wrong. The concern is that the title of Flannery O’Connor’s short story, which uses a word that is rightly considered deeply offensive. Did the editors make a mistake in including an extract from this story in this volume? This is a vitally important Gospel question.
 
The Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins and I would love to talk to any students who are interested in this question. We will gather at Flamingo at 7 pm tonight (Monday, May 7). We will share our perspective and invite you to share yours. I am looking forward to the conversation.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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