This time next week, we will be in the middle of Convocation. The theme is Art in our Sacred Spaces. As the Church seeks to witness to the transcendent in a world increasing unable to imagine anything beyond the material, art is perhaps one the primary vehicles. And we have two extraordinary speakers coming to the campus. Brian Clarke is perhaps one of the most talented stain glass artists in the world today. He is colorful, imaginative, and engaging. The BBC has made two documentaries on this life. He rarely gives public lectures; so this is an historic opportunity to hear from an exceptional talent. Meanwhile Kiki McGrath, the curator of the Dadian Gallery at Wesley, has worked with art in a seminary setting for many years. She is a compellling and important voice. She understands how art can transform understanding and vision.
As one looks ahead towards the end of this quarter. It is worth knowing about the significance of these convocation speakers. It is worth blocking off the time now. Anyone in ministry will have to create spaces that elevate the soul and raise the vision. This is an opportunity to think this all though.
It was Professor Sarah Coakley last week. It is Brian Clarke and Kiki McGrath next week. This is a special time to be at VTS.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President