Thursday, October 31, 2013

It is lovely to have guests on the campus. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to connect with two bishops both in 1823. Bishop John Lupaa and his wife Devota Meshack Lupaa are visiting from Tanzania. They are guests of the Center of Anglican Communion Studies and will be with us for almost a month. This deepens our connections with East Africa. And then Bishop Scott Barker, the Bishop of Nebraska, was on the campus to meet his seminarians. He had taken the opportunity during the afternoon to connect with staff in Academic Administration and Student Life. He was enjoying his time on the Holy Hill.

One can learn so much about the Church from our guests. If one cannot visit other parts of the United States and the world, then the next best thing is to take advantage of our visitors. Take the time to talk about the state of the Church; ask questions about the strength and nature of congregations in their dioceses. Ask about the challenges and hopes that they have. This is one of the privileges of being at Virginia Theological Seminary - we have so many guests and we can learn so much.

So as you walk into breakfast, take a look around. When you go to lunch, search out the table with the stranger. Find the guest and chat to them. Your worldview will be enhanced; you will learn more about the Body of Christ in this world of ours. I enjoyed my conversations. I pray and trust that you will as well.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President