Hail! Holy Hill! A Pictorial History of the Virginia Theological Seminary

 
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This beautifully produced volume tells the story of the largest accredited U.S. Episcopal seminary. Illustrated with more than 300 color reproductions of photographs, paintings, and maps, Hail! Holy Hill! depicts the founding and growth of Virginia Theological Seminary over the course of 190 years, a fascinating slice of the history of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

Among the prominent figures in this history are Francis Scott Key, one of founders of the seminary, today remembered for writing the lyrics to ''The Star Spangled Banner'' ... Isaac K. Yokoyama, an 1877 VTS graduate who became Japan's first native-born Protestant Christian priest ... and Phyllis K. Ingram, the first woman to receive a divinity degree from the seminary. Numerous other graduates of the seminary have gone on to become bishops, presiding bishops, or archbishops. Two of the most controversial figures in the Anglican Communion today, former Primate Peter Akinola of Nigeria and former Bishop John Shelby Spong of Newark, both studied at Virginia Theological Seminary.

VTS has been involved in all of the major struggles and debates within the Episcopal Church, from the issue of slavery to changing liturgical practices, from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer to the ordination of women. Named after the hymn written to celebrate the VTS centennial in 1923, Hail! Holy Hill! explores the challenges facing the seminary today and its work training effective Episcopal leaders for the future as it approaches its bicentennial in 2023.

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Robert W. Prichard taught his first course at Virginia Theological Seminary as an adjunct instructor in 1980 and joined the faculty full-time in 1983. He is currently the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America and Instructor in Liturgics. Hail! Holy Hill! is the ninth book of which he is the author or editor. Earlier efforts include A History of the Episcopal Church and The Nature of Salvation. He is currently the president of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the editor of the Journal of Episcopal Church Canon Law.


Julie E. Randle, M.A., served as Archivist at the Bishop Payne Library of Virginia Theological Seminary from 1990 until early 2012, when she accepted the appointment as Register and Historiographer of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. A graduate of the College of William and Mary and of George Washington University, she previously held positions in the Registrar's Office of two Smithsonian Institution bureaus and as Curator/Archivist of Christ Church, Alexandria, VA. She is a former president of National Episcopal Historians and Archivists.

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