This year, the Feast of the Presentation, February 2, falls on Theological Education Sunday in The Episcopal Church. Members of the GTS faculty have accepted invitations to visit parishes throughout the country as guest preachers on that day. Each will explore 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.
Can God reveal something new when the story of the Presentation is approached from various perspectives of scholars in the Church? What meaning unfolds in the story through Biblical criticism? How does the Church’s Christology draw from and shape new interpretations of the story? Are there liturgical and musical dimensions to the story that augment our understanding of Jesus? What might we discover from the story about our own prayer and relationship with Christ?
To hear a GTS professor preach on Theological Education Sunday, please check the schedule below to see if a faculty member will be close to you on February 2. So far, GTS professors have been invited to preach in dioceses near to New York City and as far away as Albuquerque, New Mexico. Send out your light and your truth (Psalm 43:3).
Dr. Deirdre Good, Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at General Theological Seminary in New York City, will be the guest preacher at The Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Robert Bruce Mullin, Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning Professor of History and World Mission and Professor of Modern Anglican Studies will preach at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Theological Education Sunday was established in 1999 by The Episcopal Church as 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.