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Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology Provides New Home for the Resource Center

8/12/2013

SAMUEL DEWITT PROCTOR SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
PROVIDES NEW HOME FOR THE RESOURCE CENTER

     Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology is proud to be the new home of The Resource Center (TRC), a collection of nearly 14,000 teaching resources to be used in ministry by churches, schools, agencies, and individuals.  Located on the fourth floor of Kingsley Hall, The Resource Center also houses the Joseph V. Nash Multicultural Collection, the Isabel W. Rogers Women’s Resource Collection, and the Naomi Wray Art Collection.

 

     TRC includes many archival materials for scholarly research, but the Center is primarily for pastors, educators, and lay leadership of local congregations.  “Other places around the country wanted to house TRC, which includes the Joseph V. Nash Multicultural Collection,” said Center Director Dr. Judith Bennett.  

 

     Joseph Nash was an African American educator who was an important voice in Christian Education at the National Council of Churches.  His collection is nationally known as a source of information about multicultural education, according to Dr. Bennett.  Nash required that the collection be located in a center of theological education, and that it always be available to the local African American community.  “It feels like it’s coming home now,” Dr. Bennett added.

 

     “The Resource Center offers a prized, useable collection which will be a major asset for our students and provides educational materials and learning opportunities for Christian educators throughout the region, explained Dr. John Kinney, Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology.  “The Center’s presence on our campus will support our commitment to being a vibrant community of reflection and action where the diverse ‘church’ gathers for equipping, study, and preparation for service to the church and the world.”

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