Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Living with disagreement is tricky. The temptation so often is to draw lines of principle around those we welcome into our community. Like many others I have admired the anticipation of the reign of God embodied in the work of constructive relationships across boundaries by Bishop Shannon Johnston and Rev. Dr. Tory Baucum. They were working hard to witness to a unity in Christ that transcends the immediate tragic politics of our current divisions.

However, this work does not happen in isolation. Both men live within a complex network of relationships. As I understand the issues, Tory has felt obligated to ease up on these peacemaking initiatives. And as part of that complexity, I regret to inform the community that Tory feels that he must withdraw from teaching at the Seminary. For those students who have signed up for the course 'Theology of Mission', this means that I will be teaching the course alone.

Meanwhile, the Seminary's position is clear. We welcome on our teaching faculty specialists right across the spectrum. While the core Faculty are obligated to be Trinitarian and Incarnational, we are blessed with a diversity of viewpoint among our Adjunct professors. As a graduate school, we have Jewish and Muslim faculty; we have Christians from every major denomination; and we have those who would designate themselves as progressive as well as conservative. We welcome anyone willing to work with us. This is just our small way of attempting to witness to the obligation to be peacemakers rather than wall makers.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President