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  • 2020 Anglican Communion Prize winner

    Robert Heaney
    At Virginia Theological Seminary’s 197th Commencement on Thursday, May 14, the Anglican Communion Prize was awarded to a graduating student who has shown an outstanding commitment to discerning the mission of God through World Anglicanism. The 2020 recipient is the Rev. Guimond Pierre-Louis.

    One of the criteria for the prize is someone who has “demonstrated dedication to international Christian mission and theological understanding across cultural and theological differences.” Rev. Pierre Louis demonstrates an uncommon depth of theological, philosophical, and missiological insight. He understands inter-cultural relationship and witness to center on the practice of hospitality. In discerning the mission of God, the church is called to understand what it means to be both guest and host in God’s world. A skilled linguist, with proven ministry and research abilities, Guimond has a particular interest in how the history and theology of Haiti might bring blessing to the nation and to the Communion. It is God, he writes, “who creates diversity: diversity of culture, history...language.” Thus, at the heart of discerning God’s mission are hearts open to one another. God, he argues, continues to call the church to deeper listening, deeper understanding, and wider welcome. For in doing so the church and Communion welcome “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.”

    Guimond will be returning to Haiti this month and we know he will be a blessing to all he serves in his ministry. Congratulations, Guimond!
Robert Heaney is Associate Professor of Christian Mission and Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. Among his publications are Post-Colonial Theology: Finding God and Each Other Amidst the Hate (Cascade, 2019), From Historical to Critical Post-Colonial Theology: The Contribution of John S. Mbiti and Jesse N.K. Mugambi (Pickwick, 2015), and with William L. Sachs, The Promise of Anglicanism (SCM, 2019). He is senior editor of Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice (Morehouse, 2016) and God's Church for God's World (Church Publishing, 2020). He has contributed to The SPCK Study of Ministry (2019), The Oxford History of Anglicanism Vol. 5, Global Anglicanism (Oxford, 2018), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion (2013), and The T&T Clark Handbook of Modern Theology (forthcoming). He travels widely in the Communion teaching, consulting, and learning.
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