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January Message from Dean Markham

"Let me start by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. 2010 is already upon us. Of course, in terms of the Church calendar, this secular moment is less important than the gifts of this Christmas and Epiphany seasons. Since the beginning of December, the campus has looked stunning. We introduced seasonal 'Veritas' Banners around the campus, with, for example, 'VTS in Anticipation' and 'Veritas' hidden behind. Every evening the campus has been lit up with light piercing the gloom and inviting everyone to remember the transforming power of the Gospel."


Click to listen to the entire January message
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“May God, who sent his angels to proclaim the glad news of the Savior’s birth, fill you with joy, and make you heralds of the Gospel.”

Alumni and friends have exhibited their love and appreciation by making gifts to VTS this Christmas season; the Seminary is grateful to everyone who has contributed to the success of the Annual Fund. We hope that if you have not made a gift towards the Annual Fund in the past six months that you would consider doing so in the New Year.

The Rev. Irene Jones is a beloved member of the Class of 2003. She died unexpectedly in November. Notes from her classmates and colleagues describe a wonderful human being. Her death is extremely difficult to take. She will be missed by many people and will continue to live on in the hearts of many more.

The Seminary received notification from Ms. Jones’ estate that she had left a substantial gift for VTS in her will. Never having had the opportunity to meet Irene, I have come to learn that she sought to live life to the fullest. She gave her all until the end because she knew the Lord.

Her gift to VTS came with no stipulation. It is a gift that will allow others to be formed as she was formed. It is a gift that will allow others to study so that they can enter ministry without reservation and to serve the Lord boldly as she had.

The Rev. Charlies L. Fischer, III
Dir. of Alumni, Annual Fund and Church Relations

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The Conversation About Race Continues

The VTS community has been blessed to welcome the Rev. Eric H. F. Law from the Kaleidoscope Institute. Law has been a partner on the Seminary’s journey to address matters related to diversity in the classroom, in worship, and in the larger church. VTS is continuing our commitment to honor the gifts our diverse cultures and ethnicities bring to the Church, as we proclaim the Gospel to all people.

These are lessons not only important to every member of the faculty, staff and student body of VTS, but also our alumni and friends in parishes across the country. Taking a logical "next step" from the publication this year of No Turning Back: The Black Presence at Virginia Theological Seminary, the Alumni and Parish E-News will frequently focus on continuing the conversations about race, racism and multiculturalism in a 21st Century Church.

With the conclusion of an initial set of trainings with members of the faculty by the Rev. Law, the Dean’s Cabinet in conjunction with the Office of Ethnic Ministries and Student life, began to develop proposals for developing an informed community at the seminary. Please click the read more to read the six initiatives:
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2010 Class Gift

In October, the Senior Class announced that its class gift would be the funds necessary to commission a new Seminary banner and to provide the seed money for a book project celebrating the history of women being trained for ordained ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary.

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Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams Contributes to "The Africana Bible"

Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces the publication of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (Fortress Press), edited by Hugh R. Page Jr. and featuring VTS Associate Professor of Old Testament, Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, who is responsible for the section on the book of Exodus.

This book, Dr. Fentress-Williams explains, is in the business of retelling the story of Israel “as a means of affirming, preserving, and, at times, redefining her identity.” (p.81)

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"Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi" by Ian. S Markham

Virginia Theological Seminary is proud to announce the publication of Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: A Model of Interfaith Dialogue(Ashgate, 2009), written by the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS.

Too often interfaith dialogue is generic and unfocused. Often it involves persons from each tradition coming together to criticize others in their own traditions. In Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Markham provides a model for interfaith dialogue that challenges very directly the 'dialogue industry.'

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Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish and Mr. David Pitts Honored
with Dean's Cross Award

The Virginia Theological Seminary awarded the Dean’ s Cross for Servant Leadership in Church and Society to Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish and Mr. David Pitts during a special service of Advent Lessons and Carols.

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Four New Books From Faculty Members in Early 2010

Several faculty members from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) will be releasing new scholarly works within the first four months of 2010:

Staying One, Remaining Open: Educating Leaders for a 21st Century Church (Church Publishing), edited by the Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., VTS vice president of institutional advancement and associate dean for the Center of Anglican Communion Studies, and the Rev. Richard J. Jones, Ph.D., professor emeritus of mission and world religions. A testament to the Rev. Martha J. Horne, former dean of VTS, faculty members discuss God’s mission for the Church in worship and in prayer. Scheduled for release in February 2010.

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New Electronic Hymnal from VTS Library
by the Rev. William Bradley Roberts, associate professor of Church Music

Over the last few months the staff of the Bishop Payne Library (in particular Sarah Glenn and Patricia Burke) have labored arduously to produce an electronic version of an important 1899 hymnal, long out of print.  What is this hymnal, and why is it significant enough to warrant so much effort?

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Alumni Access for Library Resources


The Bishop Payne Library now offers Alumni/ae access to the Digital Karl Barth Library. This resource includes The Church Dogmatics in English and the original German, as well as the first 36 volumes of Gesamtausgabe and additional material. New content will be added quarterly. Don’t forget that Alumni/ae also have access to full-text journal articles in religion and theology through the library’s subscription to ATLASerials. Please go to: http://firstsearch.oclc.org and when prompted, enter the authorization number: 100-360-997 and password: FXXAT$TUM.

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VTS Alum John Tarrant Consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor of South Dakota

[Episcopal News Service]
About 600 Episcopalians, ecumenical guests, and local dignitaries gathered October 31 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center to celebrate the consecration of the Rt. Rev. John Tarrant (VTS '83) as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota.

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January 12 | 7:30 p.m.


"Around One Table"

 

Before coming to Virginia Theological Seminary, the Rev. David Gortner, director of the Doctor of Ministry Programs at VTS and professor of evangelism and congregational leadership, was commissioned to summarize and explore a six-year study he collaborated with researchers from the University of Cincinnati on the organizational life in the Episcopal Church. In this research, Church members and leaders from all perspectives were interviewed and surveyed.

You can find the full report here.


Dr. Gortner will be speaking about this research project as part of the DMIN leadership lecture series. The talk, “Who Do We Say That We Are? Episcopalians Talking About Their Church, 2003 and Beyond,” is in the Addison Academic Center. It is open to the public.
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February 6 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

And What Shall We Teach? Successfully Navigating the Curriculum Maze

Curriculum now comes in all shapes and sizes. You can buy published materials for an entire year or download lessons for a season. You can go online and create your own curriculum or purchase one pre-packaged lesson about a recent event.

Cost, $30.00, includes lunch

To register go to www.vts.edu/icfl/registration.
For more information, email cmt@vts.edu or call 703.461.1885.
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March 12 | Fridays at the Seminary
Prayerbook at 30

Lecture: Reflections on the Centrality of the Eucharist in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Lettie Pate Evans Auditorium

The Rev. Patrick Malloy, Ph.D., professor of Liturgics 
The General Theological Seminary


The Rev. Geoff Price, interim rector 
Abingdon Church, White Marsh, VA


Dialogue:
1:30 p.m., Lettie Pate Evans Auditorium


You are welcome to join us for the entire event or a portion depending upon your schedule. Please RSVP to Anne Karoly if you plan to attend. 

 

More information on the Prayerbook at 30 Series

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ICFL Spring Offerings

The Institute for Christian Formation and Leadership offers many opportunities for theological education to those who live in the immediate area.

Follow the link for our some of our spring offerings.
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The Anglican Commentary


SCOM Grant applications are due November 1.  The Anglican Commentaries for the month of October will feature excerpts from SCOM reports for programs VTS students completed in the past year.  Please join The Center for Anglican Communion Studies as we celebrate the accomplishments of the SCOM Grant awardees from 2009. David Erickson writes about his and his wife, Heather's summer immersion in Turkey:

Click here for this week's Anglican Commentary


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The ICFL Weekly Commentary

The Institute for Christian Formation and Leadership (ICFL) Commentary is posted every Friday throughout the academic year from faculty and staff members in the Institute. This week's Commentary is from Marshall Finch, ICFL Administrative Assistant:

"Over the last two weeks my work has been centered on data entry and the gathering and compiling of statistics. Data about ICFL programs are needed for a number of reasons, but ultimately all of these reasons come down to a need for self-reflection. Just as any individual must set aside time to look inward, so too must the ICFL – and any department of this seminary – in order to remain effective in fulfilling its mission..."

Click Here for This Week's Commentary


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RSS Feeds 101

All of our commentaries, as well as press releases, are available for syndication through "RSS" (Really Simple Syndication OR Rich Site Summary) web feeds.  This is an application that allows users to "subscribe" to updates; instead of visiting sites regularly to check for new content, you can have the updates sent to you automatically as they appear on the site. Click "Read More" for a two step tutorial: step by step tutorial.

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Follow VTS on Twitter and Facebook

From the Holy Hill to your home, you can now stay connected to the Virginia Seminary community through Twitter and Facebook.