Monday, January 21, 2013


As a national holiday, today the Seminary is closed so that we may join in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a special occasion this year as it is only the second time that the Presidential inauguration and the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. are on the same day. How fitting, as President Obama’s declaration for this day quoted King in saying, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

King’s vision reflects the deepest of Christian convictions which we pray stands at the center of our life here at VTS and is our prayer for all nations. We commemorate King as we join in prayer in the closing benediction at President Obama’s Second Inauguration, offered by the Rev. Luis Leon (M.Div. ’77), Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, which stands across from the White House and where Presidents have regularly worshipped.

Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics