There is a lovely tradition of class gifts at VTS. The Good Shepherd Labyrinth was precipitated by a class gift. We enjoy the shade of trees which we were given by classes. Teak benches from various classes provide places to rest on campus.
The Class of 2018 has continued this VTS tradition. The spirit of this talented class has been captured in three Navajo rugs which are on display in the Welcome Center. We are all grateful for the ways the Rev. Cornelia Eaton (senior) and Leon Sampson (middler) have opened us to the deep truths of Native American spirituality, especially that which is captured in the Navajo way of weaving rugs using traditional Navajo wool. No stitch is without meaning in these rugs which are icons into the soul of a people yearning to be close to their Creator and the Creation which is beloved.
Each of the rugs chosen by the Class of 2018 tells a story. The rugs are part of “adopt-a-native-elder program” and all proceeds go directly to the weavers.
Thank you, Class of 2018. May you go forth from VTS and be “weavers” for God’s mission in our Church and in the world God loves so much.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President