[Virginia Theological Seminary press release] Each year, under a Scholarship instituted by Judge Ronnie Yoder, a distinguished and faithful supporter of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), students have been invited to submit essays, theses, poems, music, or other creative work that explore “the recognition of a God of Love in Christianity and all religions, as an appropriate philosophical center for all the world’s religions and peoples.” Quoting further from the Yoder Scholarship guidelines:
“’Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.’ (I John 4.8) This verse from the Johannine epistles is one of the best known and loved in the New Testament. Christians readily identify God’s nature as love, and link the knowledge of God to love of God and neighbor. Yet Christianity has not always placed love in the center of its theology, nor acted like a community of love. Like other religions in the world, Christianity has been the source of conflict and rancor, as well as peace and sacrificial love. Vital to our faith and to our world is the recovery of love as the centerpiece of Christianity and the mainspring of the world’s religions.”
This year VTS is inviting submissions to the Yoder Scholarship from beyond Seminary grounds and the confines of specific degree programs. The Center for Anglican Communion Studies will be working to promote the Scholarship throughout the Anglican Communion, thus hoping to access scholars and practitioners who will creatively explore the centrality of love in a variety of intercultural contexts.
We are grateful to Judge Yoder for faithfully providing for this scholarship opportunity and look forward to seeing what creativity is sparked and in what locations on the basis of this theme.
Submissions for the Yoder Scholarship may be essays, theses, poems, music, or other creative work. They are due by March 31, 2015, and will be reviewed and judged by a panel of faculty members. The winner will be announced in late April or early May and will receive $1,200.