Thursday, February 21, 2013

It is lovely to have Dr. Christopher Southgate on the campus.  Dr. Southgate is one of the most interesting people I know.  Trained with a doctorate in Biochemistry, he is the Acting Principal of the Southwest Ministry Training Course and Senior Lecturer in Theology (equivilent to Associate Professor in our system) at the University of Exeter.  So he is a specialist in religion and science - he wrote Groaning of Creation  (WJK 2008) and Greening of Paul (Baylor 2010) - and he is a theological educator, responsible for the formation of many ordinands in Devon and Cornwall in the UK.

In addition, he is a poet.  His latest collection of poems is called A Gash in the Darkness (Shoestring 2012).  He is one of those amazing people who can do impressive scientific research on the origins of life and at the same time articulate his faith in the form of poetry which will reduce you to tears.

Tonight those who signed up will have the opportunity to encounter this remarkable mind.  He is a polymath.  For those who did not sign up, he is worth finding at breakfast or inviting to 1823 for a drink.  He will be with us until Saturday morning.  This is the joy of being at Virginia Theological Seminary - theologians of distinction are constantly with us.  Enjoy this moment.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President