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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

1/23/2013

This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, that we all may be one as the Father and the Son are one (Jn.17:21), begun on January 18 on the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter the Apostle and concluding on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle on January 25. This is the prayer of the ecumenical movement marked as it is by confession and conversion. We confess that we are one as Christians and, as we live into that life, we turn and enter more fully into life in Christ.

Here at VTS we know the ecumenical nature of faith as most Episcopalians come from other denominations. The gifts they bring from their histories aren’t tossed at the door but enrich our life in faith. We, though, are especially enriched by the Washington Theological Consortium (http://washtheocon.org/), a consortium of fifteen theological centers. Cross-registration between schools enriches curriculum. Ecumenical and interfaith offerings provide what no one school could do alone. The networks of relationships between students, between faculty, between libraries, and between registrars and other administrators provide support and make possible coordination and collaboration.

As one of the founding members, the Consortium has been central to our mission and is a sign and hope for the ministry that our graduates share with others and especially the rich and diverse Christian churches that constitute the religious fabric of American society.

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