“Behind the Mask” is theme for 2020-21 worship series

“Behind the Mask” is theme for 2020-21 worship series

Aug. 25, 2020

“Behind the Mask” is the theme for the 2020-21 worship series at Maryville College, which begins Tues., Aug. 25.

Community worship is held every Tuesday from 1:15 p.m. until 1:50 p.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM). For members of the public and those who would like to attend virtually, the services will be streamed on the Maryville College Center for Campus Ministry Facebook page. Typically, in-person community worship is open to members of the public; however, the campus is currently closed to the public, due to COVID-19 restrictions. In-person worship will have limited (and physically distanced) seating, and MC faculty, staff and students will need to sign up online to reserve a spot.

“The challenge of COVID-19 is unfolding daily in new ways, as are the imperatives to address and correct racism, and to create community in the midst of political tension and change,” said the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister. “Thus, the CCM’s worship series for the fall of 2020 will underscore the connections among us, and will promote appreciation of the unique stories of each member in the community. We may not see each other as completely, wearing masks, and we may not be able to be as physically close to each other as we would like, but it’s more important than ever that we share life together – that we see each other behind the masks, that we behold in each other’s face the face of God.”

McKee will introduce the theme in the first chapel service on Aug. 25. Other featured speakers for the fall semester include: Jason Nix ’22, junior philosophy major; MC President Dr. Bryan Coker; Jordan McCullough ’18, senior enrollment counselor; Elea Forester ’21, senior history major; Alexis Black, resident director and coordinator of community standards; Dr. Andrew Irvine, associate professor of philosophy and religion; Dr. Phillip Sherman, chair of the Division of Humanities and associate professor of religion; and Jan Taylor, assistant academic dean.

For more information about Maryville College’s worship series, please visit maryvillecollege.edu/ccm or contact the CCM at 865.981.8299.


Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”