MC Chapel Series focuses on "Sacred Spaces"

August 9, 2010
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Sitting in the glow of a large stained glass window depicting Christ’s resurrection, attendees of weekly worship services inside Maryville College’s Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM) understand sacred spaces.

But it’s the holy places outside the 122-year-old chapel that the Rev. Anne McKee wants students, faculty and staff members to contemplate, and she’s organized the fall 2010 chapel series around it.

McKee, campus minister at the College, will open the series at 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 31 with a sermon called “Sacred Spaces,” which is also the title of the semester-long series. Worship services are held every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. and are open to the public, as well as the campus.

“We hope in this series to raise the community’s awareness that we stand on holy ground, and move toward and appreciation of and care for the natural world, as well as a sense that God moves among us, transforming ordinary places into holy ones, or maybe that ‘ordinary’ places are, in fact, holy ones,” said McKee.

With “Sacred Spaces,” worshippers will hear from other members of the campus community who have prepared reflections on places or features of the natural world that speak to us about what is holy, McKee said.

“This might come from Scripture, which is full of images of the natural world – the river of life, the desert, mountains, fountains, Spirit/breath, wind, the promise of land,” she said. “This might come from personal experience, of encounter with the holy in particular places – your grandmother’s living room or a church, or the Smoky Mountains. Or it might come from collective religious experience – pilgrimages, luminal places that are recognized by different faiths.”

The featured speakers for September are: Dr. Bill Meyer, professor of philosophy, the Ralph W. Beeson Professor of Religion and the Executive Director of MC Initiative on Vocation; Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students; Kim Trevathan, assistant professor of writing and communication; and Dr. Jeff Bay, associate professor of statistics.

For more information on Maryville College’s worship services, contact the CCM at 981-8299.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.