The Rev. Dr. Karla M. Kincannon, a 1976 graduate of Virginia Wesleyan, will serve as the speaker for VWU’s Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 18, at Haygood United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach (4713 Haygood Rd). A preludial concert by the Virginia Wesleyan Chorale will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. service.
Rev. Kincannon is the director of spiritual formation at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. As an artist, author, spiritual director, and United Methodist minister (Elder), she believes "God’s gift of creativity is an essential tool for navigating the spiritual journey and a necessary element for the corporate life of the Church." She is the author of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection, as well as numerous articles about the spiritual journey and curriculum for the United Methodist Church. She speaks in a variety of ecumenical settings nationwide as a lecturer, workshop leader, and retreat facilitator.
Dr. Kincannon earned a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Wesleyan and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She also completed her Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she served on the faculty for five years. Her other experience includes serving as a church pastor, a college chaplain and campus minister, conflict mediator, as well as more than two decades of work in the healing arts as a spiritual director. She founded SpiritArt Ministries to help individuals and congregations encounter the living God through the use of their creativity.
Baccalaureate is a religious service held at most private, church-related educational institutions before the commencement exercises. It is an important tradition at United Methodist Church-affiliated colleges and universities. Highlights of the service include a farewell sermon to the graduating class and selected remarks, often from one or more representatives of the senior class.