Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Center for Anglican Communion Studies is pleased to welcome a delegation from Bishop Williams Seminary in Kyoto, Japan to campus this week. I hope you will join us this afternoon for two lectures that highlight some of the historical connections between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in Japan. 

At 11:00 a.m. in Addison 113, our own the Rev. Robert Prichard, Ph.D. will talk about the history of the Episcopal mission to Japan, and then at 1:00 p.m. in Addison 101, the Very Rev. Akira Peter Iwaki will talk about the importance of Bishop Williams in the foundation of the Anglican Church in Japan (Nippon Sei Ko Kai.) 

As you see our Japanese guests around campus this week and next, I hope you will join us in welcoming them in the unconditional love that the Very Rev. Yutaka John Kuroda spoke about in his sermon this morning. 

Bishop Williams Theological Seminary is named after the Rt. Rev. Channing Moore Williams, a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, who later founded the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Anglican Church in Japan. Amongst the seminary professors in the delegation currently visiting us, we have Dean Iwaki, who is the retired dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Osaka, the first church that Bishop Williams started. We also have with us the Rev. Atsuko Fumoto, a priest at the very last church that Bishop Williams planted before he died. 

The story behind this visit is a testament to the global impact that graduates of Virginia Theological Seminary have, and the beauty of finding connections to a shared history in the family of God, even across continents and language barriers. We are honored to be able to welcome the faculty and seminarians of Bishop Williams Theological Seminary to a place that played a role in the theological formation of their church’s founder. We thank the Rev. John Yieh, Ph.D. for leading the planning for this visit and acting as host for their two-week-long stay.

Molly O'Brien
Administrative Coordinator
The Center for Anglican Communion Studies
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