Friday, December 7, 2018

It has been a good day. As one travels, one meets alums. Tonight, in Los Angeles, there were some thirty friends and alums gathered at the Refectory of All Saints Beverly Hills. The last time I did a talk in the Refectory was many years ago. In fact, a certain Greg Milliken was an aspirant in the process who was at that event. This time, there were alums from as long ago as 1957 to as recent as 2015. The Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins shared the news about the Bicentennial Celebration and Campaign. The response was positive.

Perhaps the remarkable funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, followed by St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, were factors. These were occasions when VTS alums were very visible. The preacher at both occasions was our alum the Rev. Russ Levenson. Both sermons were amazing. The Gospel was preached; the 41st President was honored. This is the VTS gift.

The Association of Theological Schools stresses that a good school should be judged by the quality of the outcomes. On this measure, this week has been good. Our alums in Los Angeles and our alums serving to mark the life of a President have performed well. Tonight I celebrate our Seminary. We are doing remarkable work. Thanks be to God.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. 
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