Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A Christian Community should be known for gracious and abundant hospitality.  By that standard, VTS hit the mark this past weekend. Over Spring Visit Weekend, we welcomed 27 prospective students, many with spouses, and a few with children.  
 
It was a busy time and a labor of love by all parts of this community. On Friday, the Welcome Center was abuzz, beautiful music poured from the Chapel at Evensong thanks to Schola, and laughter and joy came from Faculty Homes and later Scott Lounge.  Saturday was a time for our guests to learn about this community through a faculty panel, financial aid discussion, apartment and residence hall tours, and library tours.  KC Robertson preached at noon giving these prospective students a glimpse of their possible future.  And on Sunday, the weekend wound to a close with worship in the grace and beauty of Washington National Cathedral.  
 
This all happened because this community of fellowship and formation came together and opened heart and home. On Friday, the Seminary community will give a well-earned thank-you to all who helped by listing those who worked this weekend in the weekly Communique. However, I do want to recognize Shawn Evelyn, Melesa Skoglund, Joshua Barrett, Emily Collette, Dillon Green, and Katie Beaver, who served as co-chairs for their respective classes. I also want to recognize the efforts of our faculty who hosted in their homes, served on panels, or interviewed prospective students. And finally, I want to offer abundant thanks to our staff members, who simply do so very much so that VTS is at its best for moments like this.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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