Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Today the Rev. Eric H. F. Law and members of his staff from the Kaleidoscope Institute will lead our annual program for intercultural competency training for students. This is an important event and part of our mission and work at VTS to be a place that honors and draws upon the experiences and insights that we bring from the many cultures that form members of the VTS community. This is also an important event in formation for leadership in our time in which intercultural skills in listening, understanding, and collaboration are critical.

All members of the VTS community take part in intercultural competency training. This began with the faculty over two-days in May of 2007. Eric Law led us in sharing our sense of history of race and culture, moving back and forth between our individual histories and our history (as we each have experienced it) of VTS. This had led to further conversations with faculty and with the development and refinement of educational programs for the entire community.

Eric Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute. We celebrated his long term work in intercultural understanding and leadership formation last October at the time he received from VTS a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa. We are glad to have him with us this week.

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