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Virginia Seminary Sets Schedule for Chapel Listening Sessions

12/13/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Susan Shillinglaw
Tel: 703-461-1764
Email: sshillinglaw@vts.edu

Alexandria, VA – The Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., has set the agenda for several local and national listening sessions to discuss the construction of the Seminary’s new Chapel. The Seminary’s former Chapel was destroyed by fire on October 22, 2010.

The listening sessions will provide opportunities for the Dean and others to honor and to listen carefully to its alumni/ae, friends, and other constituents; to hear ideas about the location of the chapel; and to dream about the design of a future chapel complex.

"Building a chapel is work that requires the wisdom of all of our friends, graduates, and both of our local and extended communities,” said Markham. “We want a chapel that witnesses to the core values of the Seminary and the important work of worshiping God.”

The first listening session took place in November with the Seminary’s Board of Trustees; on December 2 a session was held with the Seminary staff; and the VTS faculty and students are slated next for meetings on December 14 and 16 respectively. Additional sessions will include Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill (whose congregation has worshipped in the Seminary Chapel since its inception), Alumni, the Alumni/Alumnae Executive Council, and the SPIRIT group (Significants Participating in Really Interesting Things).  National listening sessions will take place as follows:

Texas
January 9 & 10, 2011 – Houston
January 11, 2011 - Dallas (also invited: Dioceses of Fort Worth, Western Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.)

Virginia
January 21, 2011 – Reston

California
January 27, 2011 – Los Angeles

Georgia
February 10, 2011 – Atlanta
Illinois
February 25, 2011 – Chicago
Encouraged Markham, “We invite the full participation of our graduates and friends in this process.”

For more information about these sessions, please contact the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., at 703-461-1754 or email bhawkins@vts.edu.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Currently,the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and 5 different countries, for service in the Church.