Chapel Series focuses on “The Roads We’ve Traveled”

Chapel Series focuses on “The Roads We’ve Traveled”

September 13, 2018

“The Roads We’ve Traveled” is the theme for the 2018-2019 chapel series at Maryville College, which began on Aug. 28.

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 CCM’s chapel theme for the year will help kick off our bicentennial year, by looking back at where we have come from, both as a college and in our personal lives,” said the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister. “[Founder] Isaac Anderson traveled many roads from Virginia to Tennessee, and each subsequent president traveled in search of donors, students and support for the College. Kin Takahashi traveled from Japan; George Erskine traveled to Liberia. Others traveled over the mountains, but each journey marked them and thus changed who we are as a college.”

McKee introduced the theme in the first chapel service of the semester on Aug. 28. To date, Thomas Mitchell, Bonner Special Projects Coordinator, and Dr. Andrew Irvine, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, have spoken.

Dates of future chapel services for the fall semester and the names of faculty and staff members and students who will share on the topic are:

  • Sept. 18 – Dr. John Gallagher, Professor of Management
  • Sept. 25 – Mr. Cody Church, Head Baseball Coach
  • Oct. 2 – Dr. Tom Bogart, President
  • Oct. 9 – Ms. Suzy Booker, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Oct. 16 – Dr. Mary Kay Sullivan, Professor Emerita and Chair of the College’s Board of Directors
  • Oct. 23 – Dr. Aaron Astor, Associate Professor of History
  • Oct. 30 – Dr. Kathie Shiba, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Division of Behavioral Sciences
  • Nov. 6 – Dr. Phillip Sherman, Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of the Division of Humanities
  • Nov. 13 – Dr. Dan Klingensmith, Interim Vice President and Dean of the College
  • Nov. 27 – Dr. Paul Threadgill, Professor of Biology and Interim Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences
  • Nov. 4 – Ms. Kate Liggett ’19, Isaac Anderson Scholar

“Each faith can be told as a story of travel – across time, across geography, or from one way of understanding to another,” McKee said. “Where have you been? How has that shaped you? Who are you because of that?”

“I always say that chapel is a time to pause for a quick 35 minutes in the week, to remember, in all our striving and worry, that we are loved, and that we are in a community of people who are also loved, and that we are called to give our lives to the love that calls us,” she added. “It feels like a bit of Sabbath time in the middle of the week.”

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

Written by Caroline Lamar, Bicentennial Events & Projects Assistant


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 2018 semester is 1,146.