Guess what? VTS is almost 200 years old. I am hoping this piece of news isn't a surprise. Thanks to the hard work of Mr. Curtis Prather, the campus is now having a refresh in terms of banners. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams is in an animated teaching pose with the words 200 years of teaching underneath. The Student Body President KC Robertson has the joy of looking out of her dorm room at a banner that celebrates 200 years of student leadership. Above all the banners is the bicentennial logo - looking through the 1881 window frame you see the new Immanuel Chapel windows. Yes VTS is getting ready for a celebration.
A bicentennial is an opportunity to celebrate. It is also an opportunity to think a little about our identity. Along with the recognition of faithful service for centuries, there is work of repentance necessary: there is the necessary work of envisaging a different future. The future will be and should be different from the past. We have to be ready to conceive and realize that future.
So enjoy the new banners. And as you do so do pause. Enter into the challenge of this amazing anniversary. What should we be doing in the future? What is God calling us to do? How do we take the eternal verities realized in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and witness ever more deeply to those truths?
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President