“Come as a Child” is theme for 2017-18 worship series

“Come as a Child” is theme for 2017-18 worship series

Aug. 21, 2017

“Come as a Child” is the theme for the 2017-18 worship series at Maryville College, which will begin on Tues., Sept. 5.

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.

The 2017-18 series will focus on faith through the eyes of children and on how children are seen in various faiths.

“Sometimes it seems like children have a more immediate, or emotional connection to faith – a deep, automatic trust in God that can get complicated in later life,” said the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister at Maryville College. “While not denying the value of a growing and changing faith over the course of life, the chapel speakers will be asked to consider what children see or know that we may do well to remember; how we might hold on to child-like wonder in the midst of adult challenges; or whether a more complicated faith is in fact preferable, or at least compatible, with the perspectives of children.

“Or maybe folks will talk about how their perspectives have changed, because of the children in their lives,” McKee added. “So, perhaps speakers will talk about what they learn from observing their own children, or perhaps we will look at how children are pictured in scripture or in faiths outside of Christian tradition. We look forward to growing in appreciation and care for children, and for the wisdom that their questions and perceptions can offer.”

McKee will introduce the theme in the first chapel service on Sept. 5. Other featured speakers for the fall semester include: Dr. Melanie Tucker, vice president and dean of students; Dr. Alesia Orren, associate professor of elementary education; Diana Curtis, adjunct instructor of English; Dr. Emerson Powery, professor of biblical studies at Messiah College; Dr. Terry Simpson, professor of secondary education and director of teacher education; Dr. Andrew Irvine, associate professor of philosophy and religion; Dr. Michelle Weedman, adjunct instructor of New Testament; Dr. Eric Simpson, lecturer in music education and director of bands; Dr. Jenny Flynn, assistant professor of exercise science; and Dr. Ariane Schratter, associate professor of psychology.

“College students often look back at what they remember as the automatic trust they had as a child, and they wonder how that relates to the questions and complex experiences that help shape their faith as adults,” McKee said. “In choosing to focus on the faith they had as children, the worship committee wants to consider how these various phases and perspectives fit together, and what, even though they are now adults, we may all be able to learn from the children around us.”

See the full schedule on the MC website. For more information about Maryville College’s worship series, please 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 2017 semester is 1,181.