Monday, February 4, 2013


I always welcome Spring Term. There is a change of residential communities from those gathered for programs in January to those in residence for the next four months, most returning from the fall semester. But it is also the arc of the Spring Term. We begin in Epiphany, celebrate next week Ash Wednesday, and from Lent go on to Easter and conclude with Pentecost on the Sunday before Commencement. How fitting for a Seminary sending forth graduates into the world. And as always many things go on that move us from our life centered in this community to events that draw us into the world.

Today we welcome the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold III, who served from 1998 through 2006 as the 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. A friend of VTS, who has served as co-chair of the Chapel for the Ages Campaign, Bishop Griswold will be in residence through March, will be teaching a course on the Anglican Spiritual Tradition, and will lead the Seminary’s Ash Wednesday Quiet Day.

This evening members of the VTS community—and all who may read this commentary—are invited to join with the Washington Theological Consortium’s prayer service for the Week of Christian Unity (just passed) followed by a reception and the Figel Address on “Creative Imagination and Ecumenism: Implications of Changing Demographics.” Dr. Cecil M. Robeck is Professor of Church History and Ecumenics at Fuller Theological Seminary whose own work has focused on ecumenics, the Holy Spirit, and the Church in Pentecostal perspectives. All this begins in Caldwell Chapel at the Catholic University of America at 620 Michigan Avenue in Washington, D.C., at 5 p.m. and will go through 8 p.m.

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