Monday, February 24, 2014


Some weeks are very special. This is one of them. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we have one of the most distinguished ethicists working in the United States with us. The Peace Fellowship have invited Dr. Stanley Hauerwas to the campus. This is an opportunity to hear an outstanding speaker and thoughtful leader on the Gospel obligation to witness to the imperative of peace making.

It is also this week that we welcome the Episcopal and Roman Catholic members of ARC-USA, short for the Anglican Roman Catholic Theological Consultation USA (ARC-USA). Their work could not be more timely. Concluding six years of work, the consultation is completing an agreed statement between our two churches on Christian ethics. They argue, we share a common understanding of the purpose of moral teaching and ways of teaching and explore what we may learn from each other. 

Scholars, priests, laity, ARC-USA is chaired by the Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, and the Most Rev. Ronald Herzog, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana. As a member of the Episcopal delegation, we welcome back from sabbatical leave our own Professor of Christian ethics, Tim Sedgwick. Previously Professor Bob Prichard served on this ecumenical consultation.

We are delighted our distinguished guests have chosen Virginia Theological Seminary for their meeting. We pray and trust it will be rich time of conversation.

The Very Rev Ian S. Markham, PhD
Dean and President