We finish an extraordinary week. At the quarterly staff meeting, we had some fabulous ideas for the marking of our Bicentennial Celebration. From a Grove series of movies to a 36 hour prayer vigil, the ideas flowed. The Community Eucharist had a sermon from the Rev. Dr. Robert Heaney which was both faithful to the complexity of the Biblical text and challenging.
But today I would like to highlight the Dean's Table. Yesterday, at a meeting full of new representatives, we discussed a range of topics. But my highlight was the observation by William Boyles who mused on how much he had enjoyed the Costan Lectures.
"It is satisfying," he explained, "how the junior in me finds these lectures really hard to follow, but the senior understood the shape of the argument."
"It is," he went to observe, "a credit to the education that you receive in this place."
This I think was perceptive. The lecture series by Dr. Lewis Ayers was exceptional. Here was a scholar who was completely at ease with the primary sources. He knew these texts well. As a result, the analysis had deep texture. He moved from a critique about the appropriate interpretation of Chalcedon to an appropriate challenge of the future. It was fabulous. And our students did well. Attendance was good; and the questions were thoughtful. The end of a good week for the Seminary.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President.