A note from The Rev. Bob Solon: Friends and Colleagues,
As some of you may know, I have recently been appointed Editor of The Anglican, the quarterly publication of The Anglican Society of North America, with a long-time association to GTS. Most if not all of our editors, including Fr. Cody Unterseher of blessed memory, have been GTS students.
On behalf of the Society, I'd like to re-introduce to you to our publication. I invite you to our website, and to consider contributing to our mission with your submissions of articles, book reviews, poetry, fiction, artwork, and your sponsorships and subscriptions as well. Submissions from students, faculty, and staff are all equally welcome, and this includes otherwise unpublished class papers and other material.
Please check out a preview of our upcoming issue of The Anglican and contact me directly with your submissions, questions, and recommendations.
"Libraries are PLACES for learning," writes the Rev. Andrew G. Kadel, Director of the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library, in a new article on the library's planning, design and completion for a special forum on library construction in the current edition of Theological Librarianship, a journal of the American Theological Library Association. The forum examines how the services, holdings and physical spaces of theological libraries vary according to place, time and culture and how they are changing in the twenty-first century. Kadel's article describes the years of effort leading to the new library's dedication this academic year, including many decisions about how to house the library's collection given a new, smaller space and how to access new technologies and online resources. A major commitment during the project, Kadel notes, was for the library to be a gathering place. "The planners all agreed that the library should be a place for people to be," he writes, "not simply a place to a place to access information, check out books, or have books stored."The library's Main Reading Room, for example, features study tables, computer workstations, soft-seating chairs, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Close and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.
"In the evening, the stained glass windows glow invitingly, making a subtle contrast with the simple, modern, but rich wood fixtures in the library," Kadel observes, "reminding students, faculty, and visitors that this is a library housing rare theological works as well as modern resources to prepare leaders for today's Church."
The narratives of theater aid in interpreting and reflecting on mystery and truth in human lives and ways of being in the world. So writes GTS Professor of Preaching Mitties DeChamplain in The Holy, Catholic Theater: Exegesis of Life on the Stage, her article for the current issue of the journal Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy. The theater is a holy, "God-haunted" place of transcendence and transformation, she asserts, and is also catholic in its inherent commitment to tell what is true about human existence. Furthermore, the story-telling of the theater offers a "sanctuary" or safe place for human self-discovery, remembering and re-invention. "Perhaps the best way to characterize the holy, catholic theater," she concludes, "is to say that it is, in its truest moments, a place of love." Mother Mitties also ministers as Vicar of St. Clement's Episcopal Church, in which is located the third oldest, continually operating Off Broadway theater in New York City. Sunday Mass is held on the theater's stage, with the altar surrounded by the set of the current production.