Tuesday, January 22, 2013


We are now in the third week of the intensive, January term. January term offers significant opportunities for concentrated study—D.Min. offerings tied to distance learning and the concentrated in-residence summer term, cross-cultural immersions in other countries and here in urban ministry, and one and two-week course offerings in the M.A. and M.Div. programs. This week the D.Min. students have gone home and new offerings begin.

What makes VTS increasingly distinct from other theological seminaries are the twenty-three, full-time faculty positions. Full-time faculty members teach in all programs and insure the expertise and quality of those programs. At the same time, we have some long-time adjunct faculty members who broaden and deepen offerings at the Seminary. Two of those persons are especially significant in the January term where we seek to insure offerings in the arts.

Margaret (Peggy) Adams Parker, award-winning printer and sculptor, has taught at VTS since 1992 and this week is offering a course, including visits to the Smithsonian galleries, titled “The Artist as Theologian: Christian Ministry and the Creative Arts.” Next week, another long-time instructor at VTS, Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt—scholar, teacher, poet and spiritual director—will teach a week, intensive course on “Praying with the Poets: T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.” The first week of January term she taught “Imaginative Writing as Ministry.”

The Washington-Northern Virginia area is rich with resources and we value the range of people who are part of the extended VTS community.

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