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Alexandria, VA – Today, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced the release of Unity in Mission: Theological Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Mission (Paulist Press). The book is edited by Dr. Mitzi. J. Budde, head librarian and professor at VTS, and Don Thorsen, professor of theology and chair of graduate theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific University.
Talking about already existing ways that Christians share unity in mission through how they minister through word and sacrament, Unity in Mission challenges readers to consider additional ways by which they may create greater unity in mission. Cooperation in ministry includes holding together emphases that churches have neglected such as Word and Spirit, grace and responsibility, proclamation and activism, fidelity and contextually, preservation and experimentation, equality and diversity, gender and ethnicity.
“This really is an excellent collection of essays,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS. “Editing a book for anyone is an achievement; editing the book while continuing to serve as a busy librarian is a remarkable achievement.”
Issues discussed in Unity in Mission deal with the complexities of ecumenical concern and interfaith reality. Evaluations as well as solutions are offered for engendering greater understanding and appreciation among Christians so that there may indeed occur greater unity in mission.
Before joining the faculty at VTS in 1991, Budde served as library director at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. An Associate in Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving under call of the ELCA to ecumenical ministry at VTS, she has written journal articles on ecumenical topics for Ecumenical Trends and Congregations and currently serves as the Lutheran co-chair for the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee and as co-chair and ELCA representative to the National Council of Church's Faith and Order "Unity in Mission" study group.
Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and 5 different countries, in service of the Church. For more information, please visit vts.edu.