Monday, July 9, 2018

Today is a shout-out to the Bishop Payne Library staff for all that they do, both at the library and in the wider community. We welcome Ebonee Davis as full-time Processing Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection. She will represent the Collection at the Union of Black Episcopalians conference in Bermuda this month. Welcome also to Tami Shepherd, transferring to the library from her previous role as VTS registrar. 
 
Karen Madigan, Public Services Librarian, is serving on the seminary’s Communications Advisory Group in addition to providing reference to patrons. Brad Hess, Technical Services Librarian, has completed a church music class to enhance his cataloging of rare music books. Cindy Harper, Electronic Services Librarian, is upgrading the library’s e-resources and collaborating on a redesign of the library catalog home page. Chris Pote, Seminary Archivist, serves on the Administrative Personnel Committee and has been appointed to the seminary’s Bicentennial Committee. Kathy Graham, Administrative and Circulation Assistant, took Dr. Sonderegger’s course on Christology. Patricia Burke maintains the seminary’s virtual bookstore, and volunteer Robert Reeves is inventorying the anthems of the J. Reilly Lewis music collection. 
 
The seminary’s jail ministry has been enriching for me. Coordinated by seminarian Gwynn Crichton, our group of students, staff, and faculty lead Bible study and art for women inmates at the Alexandria Jail. In his Letters and Papers from Prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in 1944: “May God in his mercy lead us through these times; but above all, may he lead us to himself.” May God use all our service for good in these turbulent times.
 
Mitzi J. Budde, D.Min.
Head Librarian & Professor
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