The General Theological Seminary invites parishes to join in a special preaching event with the faculty for Theological Education Sunday, February 2, 2014. That Sunday is the Feast of the Presentation, and members of the GTS faculty are offering to visit parishes as guest preachers, each exploring the meaning of the story of Jesus’ Presentation at the Jerusalem Temple (Luke 2:22-40) through the lens of her or his theological discipline. Then, GTS will make the sermons available online for a wider audience.
What meaning is revealed in the story of the Presentation through biblical criticism? How can the story inform Christian prayer or the ministry of pastoral care? Are there liturgical and musical dimensions to the story that augment our understanding of Jesus? Can God reveal something new when the story is approached from various perspectives of scholars in the Church?
If you would like to invite a GTS professor to preach at your parish on Theological Education Sunday, please contact the Rev. K. Jeanne Person, who is coordinating the schedule. The GTS faculty member will preach with no expectation of an honorarium, although gifts to GTS in celebration of Theological Education Sunday will be gratefully received. The faculty are willing and delighted to travel, if travel costs can also be covered. Send out your light and your truth (Psalm 43:3).
Established in 1999 by The Episcopal Church, Theological Education Sunday, officially recognized on the first Sunday in February, is a day to honor and support those who seek to strengthen their faith through study and those whose ministry is providing Christian education, whether in the home, preschool programs, parishes, colleges, universities, or seminaries. It is an occasion to recognize and celebrate education, especially in the theological fields, as a key aspect of mission and ministry.
Soon after Theological Education Sunday, GTS will publish online all of the faculty sermons, as well as selected sermons of GTS students who preached on the Presentation as part of their learning and formation at field education parishes.