Wednesday, March 20, 2019

During this Spring Break, it’s important to reflect and meditate. Whether if you are a student, staff, or faculty member—a moment of self-reflection is essential to our mind, body, and soul. As you enjoy this break, notice a few new faces around the campus. On Monday and Tuesday, VTS hosted the Prophetic Preaching Conference, discussing the topic considered one of the most controversial in the Episcopal Church—politics.

Opening a conversation about politics within the church is one of the more difficult decisions many preachers face today. The complexity of the subject needs full compassion and understanding for both the preacher and the congregation. Conferences such as these give us an opportunity to understand our world better. But amid the competing views, preachers must remember to preach the Gospel.

I was fortunate enough to host this important conversation with my colleagues and students to help create a positive approach to this form of teaching. The contribution from conference attendees will result in a book called Preaching Politics: the Hope or the Curse of the Episcopal Church. I encourage you to say hello to our guests on campus and make them feel welcome during their stay at the Seminary. If you would like more information about the Prophetic Preaching Conference, please connect with one of our seminarians, the Rev. Crystal J. Hardin '19.

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