Sweet potatoes, BBQ Church, Convocation kick off fall term

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Service Day at Shalom Farms

We welcomed new and returning students to the Richmond campus for the fall term with a Service Day on a farm to benefit low-income Richmond communities. Nearly 30 students were joined by seminary staff at Shalom Farms to pick several bushels of sweet potatoes and sort them for distribution to after-school programs, food banks, and community kitchens.

Relay games on the quad

Earlier in the week, students were treated to a picnic and relay games on the quad that tested their coordination and athletic skills. The Joyful Feast sponsored a special edition of BBQ Church inside Lake Chapel, where they celebrated worship and a meal in a wonderfully hospitable way.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism leads BBQ Church

After classes began, we paused midweek to celebrate our 205th Opening Convocation. Professor of Preaching and Worship Richard Voelz, our newest faculty member, presented “#ForTheSakeOf” inspired by Psalm 122.  

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship Richard Voelz

In response to the sermon, congregation members were invited to live tweet using the sermon title as the hashtag.


Director for Alumni Development Clay Macaulay (D.Min.’85) presided at the communion table. Students, staff and faculty joined together in a litany to commit themselves to their academic and professional work throughout the 2016-2017 year.  The service was followed by a community photo shoot and lunch in Lake Chapel.

Opening Convocation procession

We look forward to the year ahead!

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