Written by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library
You may have read about the Charismatic movement in your classes or heard about it in your church. Perhaps you have even been blessed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But there was a time in America when people did not celebrate these gifts or talk about them. The Charismatic movement in mainstream Christian churches began in the late 1950s and consisted of people manifesting the gifts of the Holy Spirit out in the open. Two great leaders of the movement are being honored by Regent University on October 24, 2013.
Rev. Dr. Dennis J. Bennett is considered by many the “first Charismatic.” His brother-in-law, Dr. William Standish Reed, is considered by many the “first medical evangelist.” The archives of both men reside at the Regent University Library. The Rev. Dennis J. Bennett Papers and the William Standish Reed, M.D. Collection will be dedicated and celebrated on this day with a number of speakers, video tributes, remarks from their spouses, Dr. Rita Bennett and Mrs. Jo Ann “Coppi” Reed, and an exhibit of artifacts from their archives. Speakers include Dr. Vinson Synan, Visiting professor of Church History, who will discuss the history of the Charismatic movement and the importance of Rev. Bennett in its earliest days. Dr. Kimberly Alexander, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, will discuss the Charismatic movement’s emphasis on healing and the Holy Spirit and how Dr. William Standish Reed was instrumental in spreading the Word as a prominent medical doctor. Video clips of both men during the heights of their ministries will be shared along with video tributes from Stephen Strang, founder and editor of Charisma magazine; John and Elizabeth “Tib” Sherrill, writers and historians from the Charismatic movement; and Kenneth Copeland, Pentecostal leader and friend of both men.
Regent University Founder and Chancellor Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson will offer remarks and formally dedicate the archival collections. As the Charismatic movement receives more and more attention from historians of Christianity, this event is a wonderful opportunity to hear about and from people who lived during the origins of the movement, people who shaped the movement, and people who, above all, shared the Good News of Christ with others. We hope you can join us for this wonderful event!
Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Regent University Library Gallery
RSVP Stephanie Lowell, 757-352-4185 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit the Archives Dedication webpage.
Written by Robert Sivigny, Special Collections Librarian
“Jesus a Joker? Certainly!” Such is the title of an article by columnist William Willoughby in a Washington Evening Star article about cartoonist John Lawing. Willoughby goes on to say, “…John Lawing was a born cartoonist. Little did he realize that when Christianity Today magazine started carrying his cartoons in November 1964 he would start a trend that would be copied in numerous Christian thought publications.” Regent University Library Special Collections & Archives is honored to have recently received an extensive collection of original cartoons by John Lawing, long-time professor at Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts and one of the University’s founding professors.
The display, located on the first floor close to the Library gallery area, is only the tip of the iceberg of what is included in this marvelous collection. Besides a complete set of the series “What if…” that appeared in Christianity Today for seventeen years, there are cartoons from the Virginia Beach Beacon, Chesapeake Clipper, Time magazine, the National Courier, Christian Herald, The Fundamentalist Journal, CBN’s 700 Club, and many personal cartoons John did for colleagues wherever he was. My favorite in the display? A fellow is standing beside a church sign board that announces, “Closed Because of the Founder’s Death, Reopening soon under new management,” a biting commentary on the 1960s’ “God is dead” movement.
The Library is planning a reception in the near future to honor master of Christian wit John Lawing and his incredible artistic production. The display will run through June 2012.
Special Collections and Archives Assistant Supervisor
I have been at Regent University Library since 1994. I was a student here in the School of Biblical Studies in the mid-1980s.
The mission of Special Collections and Archives is to collect, preserve, provide access to, and interpret resources relevant to Regent University’s history, culture, curriculum, and special interests. Although items in Special Collections may not be checked out, most of our collections are available to access by appointment.
The Archives portion of the department is limited to the history of Regent. My position at the Library is sometimes known as “archivist,” which should not to be confused with “anarchist,” especially since anarchists are generally not much interested in preserving old documents and institutional memory! Preserving the documents that chronicle Regent’s history is important, since, as someone has wisely observed, if we don’t write our own history, someone else will. Because work in the archives keeps me out of sight for much of the day, faculty and students have occasionally seen fit to give me other titles, e.g. “Quasimodo” (from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) and “The Wizard of Oz.”
The Special Collections are distinct from the Archives in that they extend beyond the history of Regent. For example, we have extensive collections related to the history of the Pentecostal and Charismatic renewal movements. The Special Collections and Archives department also creates most of the displays that you see on the first floor of the library throughout the year.
My favorite pastime is being delighted and tormented by my granddaughters Abigail, age 8, and Caitlyn, age 5.
Written by Robert Sivigny, Special Collections Librarian
What do Regent University history, animated films, and 18th century hymnals all have in common? Give up? They are all subject specialties of Regent University Library’s Special Collections and Archives department. If you are searching the Regent library catalog and find that the item you want has a location in “Archives,” “Special Collections,” or the “Film Research Center” on the fourth floor, you will need to contact the Special Collections and Archives department staff to ask for retrieval of your item.
Ask the staff at the Circulation Desk to get in touch with us or contact us directly: Don Gantz at 757-352-4154 (email@example.com) or Bob Sivigny, 757-352-4184 (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are at your service Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will return your inquiry as soon as we can.
On the 2010 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received the following comment:
I would like for special collections to be more readily accessible.
Although we are unable to keep open door hours at this time, tours are available on request. Do contact us, especially if you have a need such as viewing a 16mm film, using a particular special collection, or tracking down something to do with Regent University history.
You can browse the Special Collections & Archives webpages where you will find, among other things, a 16mm film Library catalog browsing guide, a John Wimber Collection online inventory, and a short online presentation of Regent University history: “A Firm Foundation.” Check us out!