Bishop Payne Library

Dear Patrons,
Welcome to the Bishop Payne Library web site, your portal to our theological research services. Contact our library staff through the Ask a Librarian service or call us at (703)461-1733.
  You are invited to a celebration of the donation to Bishop Payne Library of the  David R. Curfman, M.D. Collection of Sacred Music and Liturgy.
  Sunday, June 26, 2016
      4:00 p.m. - Curfman Collection Dedication: Bishop Payne Library
      4:45 p.m. - Organ Recital by J. Reilly Lewis: Immanuel Chapel
      6:00 p.m. - Reception: Immanuel Chapel’s North Terrace

Highlights on our website
Library catalog - access to most of our resources
Electronic databases - (remote access for VTS students, faculty, staff and Board members)
Information about borrowing privileges 
Washington Theological Consortium- reciprocal borrowing among seminaries
Virginia Seminary Archives,  the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) & the Black Episcopalians Research Guide
Digitized books and documents including the Yattendon Hymnal online
AAEHC Travel Grant application and information

Mitzi Budde
Head Librarian & Professor

Prof’s Picks
March 2016

The Rev. James W. Farwell, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Liturgy, recommends the following books as part of the Bishop Payne Library’s monthly series highlighting a faculty member’s “picks”:
Patrick Henry, ed., Benedict’s Dharma (New York: Continuum, 2002)
Years of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue at the Abbey of Gethsemani between monks of western and eastern traditions have yielded many rich outcomes, and not just in the lives and learning of the monks themselves. This book is one such outcome. In its pages, four prominent and learned Buddhists – some monks and some lay persons – read and reflect on the rule of St. Benedict which, though not the only rule of its kind, has had enormous influence both on western Christian monastic life and on the manner in which Christians outside a monastery’s walls fashion a personal “rule of life.” This is an easy read, but deceptively so; read it slowly. I found many provocative insights here into my own life lived before God according to a rule; and it is always a learning experience to see one’s own tradition through the eyes of another.
Daniel P. Horan, OFM, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2014)
You might think there is nothing else to be said about Thomas Merton, but this book might change your mind. We know that before he became a Cistercian monk, Merton applied to become a Franciscan, and withdrew, or was urged to withdraw, for reasons we can now only partly determine. Horan, a young Franciscan and a doctoral candidate in theology at Boston College, returns to Merton’s life and writings to uncover the ways in which, despite turning ultimately to Cistercian life, Franciscan spirituality and theology, particularly around notions of the “true self” and the meaning of the Incarnation, continued to have an enormous influence on Merton’s thought. I have a long familiarity with Merton, but this book brought certain lines of his thought into a new perspective for me.
Thomas O’Loughlin, The Eucharist: Origins and Contemporary Understandings (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)
Endlessly fascinating, as all multivalent ritual practices are, the Eucharist is enjoying a new round of book-length explorations in recent years. O’Loughlin’s book explores the historical theology and practice of the Eucharist in light of this central contention: that our theology of the Eucharist must take a fresh account of the fact “that Jesus chose to thank God from within the domain of human eating” (xvii). This may seem obvious at first, but it’s significance has been eclipsed in various ways over the history of Eucharistic theology, and this book, even if it is not convincing on every point, raises important questions for liturgical practice and for those of us who want to think about the Eucharist at the intersection of historical theology, sacramental theology, ritual theory, theological anthropology, and ethics.


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Just a reminder that Alums retain borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request these as well others in the catalog be sent at no cost.  Alums do pay the shipping costs for the books’ return.
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   to 5/8/2016
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