DuPree, Reishman, and Cornell to Speak at VB-Us 2021


What does it mean to see ourselves as made in the image of God, our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer? Mary Grace Gibbs DuPree, John Reishman, and Collin Cornell will address participants at St. Mark & St. Paul’s annual VB-Us dinner and learning series, with includes a Children’s Camp and Outdoor Nursery.

VB-Us 2021: Made in the Image of God will be held June 14–17. Arrive at 5–5:30 ap.m., and pick up a meal for dinner on the grounds. From 5:40–6 p.m., there will be a gathering with music by Meghan Mazur. From 6–7 p.m., there will be breakouts for nursery, children’s camp and the lecture. No tickets are required, but participants are encouraged to register: <https://vb-us2021.eventbrite.c...;.

Monday, June 14—Mary Grace Gibbs DuPree, a graduate fellow in Medieval History at Emory university, will speak on the image of God as Creator. Through medieval illuminations she will explore how this aspect of God has been understood in Christian history, and also consider how the image of the Creator is revealed in and through a diversity of gender identities.

Tuesday, June 15—John Reishman will be addressing the image of God as redeemer, particularly in the study of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Reishman, with degrees from Notre Dame and the University of Virginia, joined the English Department at Sewanee in 1969 and taught there until his retirement in 2016. He is married to Claire Dorrier Reishman, and the couple has two sons and six grandchildren. Reishman is legendary for the Representative Masterpieces courses that he taught at Sewanee, and in his farewell lecture he talked about how much Dante’s Divine Comedy meant to him.

Wednesday, June 16—Collin Cornell, PhD, will speak on God the Sustainer: An Eco-Biblical Approach. Cornell is Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies for the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee). He is by vocation a teacher and writer. He loves preparing seminary students for various forms of lifelong Christian ministry, especially through instruction in Bible and biblical languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic, all of which he has taught at Sewanee).

Thursday, June 17—Closing Eucharist with special message by Rob Lamborn, Rector of St. Mark & Paul, followed by waterslide party. Nursery provided.

VB-Us at the Parish of St. Mark & St. Paul (formerly Otey Memorial) is an intergenerational dinner and learning series taking place across four evenings. Participants are welcome to attend any or every night, free of charge. Cara Kitzrow is leading a Children’s Camp during the lecture series, which will include stories, puppet shows, tie-dye, planting, crafts, and playground time. An outdoor nursery, led by Annika Derham, is provided for infants and preschoolers. The lectures will take place in Kennerly Hall in Claiborne Parish House.