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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016

    As the VTS community enters into Quiet Day today, we are blessed to have with us our two Quiet Day speakers, the Rev. Joel Blunk and the Rev. Janie Walker, Co-pastoral Directors of Richmond Hill. They will share in giving the two meditations of the day. The first meditation is entitled “Be Still and Know.” The second, at 4:15 pm prior to the Eucharist, is entitled, “Grace to Overcome.”

    Richmond Hill is “an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community who serve as stewards of an urban retreat center within the setting of a historic monastery. Our mission is to seek God’s healing of metropolitan Richmond through prayer, hospitality, racial reconciliation, and spiritual development.” Richmond Hill models intentionality about living at the meeting place of prayer and social action; their Rule of Life emphasizes daily prayer for Richmond, as well as “paying attention to the particular wounds of race in metropolitan Richmond, and to the setting right of racial wrongs.” The rhythm of life at Richmond Hill offers space for silence and common worship, a “gentle rhythm [that] slows the rushing pace of the ordinary day and helps us step back to take the longer view and the deeper look.” These commitments testify to the deep wisdom that we can only heal our communities when we seek the wholeness that comes only from God.

    VTS is a community with a strong outward focus, as exemplified by the words in our chapel: “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel.” Quiet Day represents our commitment to the life of prayer as that which gives our mission to the world its ground and center. We are blessed to have Joel Blunk and Janie Walker with us today to draw us into a day of prayer that feeds our service to the world.

    The Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean of Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics
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