Monday, March 5, 2018

From time to time, it is good to be reminded that stable infrastructure is a privilege. Parts of the world live with intermittent electricity all the time. And with the storms of Thursday through to Saturday, we experienced that reality here at Virginia Theological Seminary. On Friday, we had to close the school. Temperatures dropped. We had to be imaginative to find a way through it all.

It was Adam Pierce who expressed the gratitude of the community when he wrote, "I just wanted to take a second to say thank you to Jim Mathes for keeping us all updated on the power situation and making spaces available for people to charge their devices and everything else you were doing behind the scenes.  Thank you to Mary Margaret and the Junior class for hosting Full Stop last night, and again to Mary Margaret for all the extra running around that meant.  Thank you to everyone who kept fires going in Scott Lounge and to everyone who brought power strips so we could all plug in for a bit.  Thank you for the kitchen staff that served breakfast and lunch yesterday and brunch again today, For everyone that opened their homes up to the community and for neighbors who get coffee.  Thanks everyone, you're all wonderful."

Please allow me to add to the list those who offered accommodations - showers, spaces that were warm - from our alum - Peter Ackerman, from off-campus students - Philene Ware Dunn, Colleen Schiefelbein, Stephen Crippen, Jeryl Mitchell, from staff - Linda Dienno, Elizabeth Osborne - and I am sure others. I know people were grateful to those who reached out. As it happens I was in Chapel Hill (in a rather nice hotel - sorry everyone) as the drama unfolded. But I sense from the emails that the VTS community came through well. Thank you everyone.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
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