MC worship series focuses on "Citizens of the Kingdom"

MC worship series focuses on "Citizens of the Kingdom"

Aug. 20, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

“Citizens of the Kingdom” is the theme for the 2012 fall worship series at Maryville College, which begins on Sept. 11.

Held every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM), community worship is open to Maryville College faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the public.

With “Citizens of the Kingdom,” worshippers will hear from other members of the campus community who have prepared reflections on various aspects of citizenship, said the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister at the College.

“We are asking each speaker to reflect on some aspect of citizenship – what it means to live together in communities, both large and small – and to reflect on the traits of either the Kingdom of God, as described in the Bible, or to live as citizens of the college, or a town, state or nation,” McKee said. “We are particularly interested in a variety of perspectives on this topic – they don’t all have to be political, but certainly, leading up to the election, we hope to reflect on faith and civic engagement. We also are interested in the “zen” of “citi-ZEN-ship” – what different religious traditions offer as we think about the place of faith and public life.”

McKee will kick off the series on Tues., Sept. 11 at 1:15 p.m. in the CCM with a sermon that formally opens the reflections on the theme. MC Chapel Scholars will lead the music.

The featured speakers for September are: Dr. Kathie Shiba, MC professor of psychology, who will talk about “Buddhism and the ‘Zen’ of Citizenship” on Sept. 18, and Dr. Ariane Schratter, MC associate professor of psychology, who will reflect on children and nature on Sept. 25.

Featured speakers for October include MC Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Bonham on Oct. 2; Dr. John Thatamanil, associate professor of theology and world religions at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, on Oct. 9; Preston Fields, director of community engagement at MC, who will speak about Martin Luther and the two kingdoms theory on Oct. 16; and Dr. Phillip Sherman, MC assistant professor of religion, on Oct. 30.

For more information about Maryville College’s worship services, contact the CCM at 865.981.8299.

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 1,197.