Friday, May 10, 2013

The unsung heroes of ministry are the spouses and partners of our congregational leaders.  These are the men and women who watch their loved one embark on the journey to priesthood, undergo demanding training, worry about placement, and take tons of grief for a relatively modest salary.  And tonight, we will quite literally 'sing' and 'celebrate' the spouses and partners of our graduating seniors.

It is one of my favorite services of the year.  It is a family service with plenty of kids running around.  It is an opportunity for SPIRIT to organize and celebrate the deep friendships and connections that develop between the 'significants' of our seminarians.  It begins tonight at 5.45pm in the Lettie Pate Evans Interim Chapel.  It will be followed by the final Community Dinner for the year.

Yesterday, the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins and I were with the Rev. Dr. Jim Cooper of Trinity Wall Street.  There was this lovely moment, when Jim found himself musing that his wife Tay "learned everything as a spouse for her own ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary".  What was true then, I suspect, is still true now.  The ripples of the Seminary shape those we love.  Tonight we will celebrate this part of our work of formation.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President