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Virginia Theological Seminary Offers Lenten Reflection Series


Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu

Alexandria, VA – Each Sunday from March 9-April 6, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) will share the Gospel reading and a Collect appointed for the five Sundays in Lent on its web site. Five of the seminary’s professors who were named to endowed chairs in Nov. 2013 will offer reflections based on the Gospel readings for each Sunday during Lent.

The Rev. Joyce Mercer, Ph.D., LCSW, began the Lenten series by reflecting on Matthew 4:1-11 for Sunday, March 9. Dr. Mercer is the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor in Pastoral Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary. She is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

For Sunday, March 16, The Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D. will offer his reflection on John 3:1-17. Hawkins is the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Chair in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education. He is vice president for institutional advancement and oversees the Lifetime Theological Education office at VTS.

The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D. will reflect on John 4:5-42 for March 23, for the third Sunday in Lent. She was appointed to the William Meade Chair in Systematic Theology. Sonderegger is a professor of theology at VTS.

The Rev. John Yueh-Han Yieh, Ph.D. will offer his reflection on John 9:1-41 for Sunday, March 30. He was appointed to the Molly Laird Downs Chair in New Testament. Yieh serves as professor of New Testament at VTS.

The Rev. Anne Katherine Grieb, Ph.D. finishes the Seminary’s Lenten reflection series, offering a reflection on John 11:1-45 for Sunday, April 6. Grieb was appointed to the Meade Chair in Biblical Interpretation. She is professor of New Testament at the Seminary.

“We are pleased and honored that these five distinguished professors have chosen to share their insights during this Holy season,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “May these reflections provide inspiration as we all reflect, pray and prepare for the coming of Holy Week and Easter.”

In addition, the Lenten reflection series will also be shared by Dean Markham to alumni and friends of the Seminary in advance through an email every Wednesday during Lent.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 42 different dioceses and five different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.