|Completed in 2015, Immanuel Chapel sits at the entrance to Virginia Theological Seminary, within a "Worship and Welcome Quad." Worship at Virginia Seminary is first and foremost a communal act of thanksgiving and praise of the God who has created and redeemed humankind through Jesus Christ. It is at the heart of what we do, central to understanding that theological education flows out of worship. The VTS community shares this holy space with the parishoners of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill.|
Formation for ministry, whether lay or ordained, involves the integration of knowledge and experience on many levels: intellectual, emotional, familial, and spiritual. At Virginia Seminary, we believe that formation occurs as students and faculty go about the daily rounds of prayer, worship, study, and participation in the life of the community. Chapel, classroom, and refectory: these arenas have long been known as places where formation occurs, as students and faculty seek to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Christian life.
For many people, these traditional means of formation are supplemented and enhanced by personal disciplines. Small groups are often formed for Bible study, prayer, and personal sharing. In addition, many students seek the guidance of a spiritual director, with whom they meet periodically to reflect on their relationship with God, and to discern the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Three Quiet Days are observed in each academic year, one in September and the other on Ash Wednesday. Classes are suspended and silence is observed for the day so that the community can draw together to hear meditations and to pray both corporately and individually. Freedom from speaking allows the other senses to be heightened and attentive to the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit.
|Opening Eucharist for Fall Semester & Faculty Procession|
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Immanuel Chapel