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TEDS chapel will focus on biblical reconciliation during Spring 2019

Trinity CommunicationsJanuary 28, 2019

This spring in chapel, the TEDS community will be taking part in a spiritual formation series, looking primarily at the commitments envisioned by the University’s statement on racial reconciliation. Faculty and staff will explain how the Trinity community can better live into the vision of a grace-filled community marked by Christ’s love and reconciling power.

Last semester, the undergraduate community worked with a similar theme on racial reconciliation, “The Beloved Community and the Gospel of Reconciliation.”

“We want both the grad and undergrad communities to have a chance to process and receive, to get instruction on how to live in light of our statement on racial reconciliation,” Associate Vice President for Spiritual Life and University Ministries Taylor Worley said.

The first half of the chapel series will focus on teaching and unpacking the elements of Trinity’s statement on racial reconciliation, featuring voices from the committee that produced the document, including President David S. Dockery and Professors Dana Harris and Peter Cha. This half will conclude with a service of remembrance and lament on Feb. 28, supported by a message from Professor Richard Averbeck given on Feb. 21, emphasizing a biblical theology of lament and repentance.

After spring break, the series will continue into its second part, which will focus exclusively on a pastoral application of the beloved community. This will transition the series from lament and repentance to the hope-filled posture of the “one anothers” listed in the New Testament writings. These “one another” passages and verses provide some practical guidelines for living out God’s call to reconciliation.

Pulling from a fairly large list of options, with 59 instances of “one another” found in the New Testament writings overall, speakers like Dean of Students Jana Holiday, Associate Dean of TEDS H. Wayne Johnson and Professor Harold Netland will focus on passages dealing with prayer, humility and community. Each will emphasize the role of racial reconciliation as part of the core of evangelical Christianity.

“What I hope students would get out of it is a sense of reconciliation as a chief tenet of the gospel and an integral part of their formation and development as Christians, as well as the formation of the local church at large,” Worley said. “A church that’s not on a journey of reconciliation is not a true church.”

The following outline shows how the series will proceed throughout the semester:

The Beloved Community and the Gospel of Reconciliation


  • February 12, 2019: The Formational Journey of Living Out the Statement with Peter Cha
  • February 19, 2019: A Biblical Theology of Lament with Richard Averbeck
  • February 26, 2019: Service of Remembrance and Lament
  • March 12, 2019: “Pray for one another” (James 5:16) with Jana Holiday
  • March 19, 2018: Charlie Dates
  • March 26, 2018: “Forgiving each other” (Eph. 4:32) with Zachs Gaiya
  • April 2, 2018: “In humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Phil. 2:3) with H. Wayne Johnson
  • April 9, 2018: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Eph. 5:21) with Te-Li Lau
  • April 30, 2018: “Carry each other’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2) with Harold Netland

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