Monday, October 21, 2019

It is twelve hours ahead in Hong Kong; it will be thirteen in Japan. This is a tour of connection. As we prepare for our Bicentennial, we seek to remember the entire narrative. And part of that narrative is a sense of gratitude that parts of the world have for our work overseas. The Seminary has deep connections with Bishop Williams Theological Seminary in Kyoto, St. Paul's Rikkyo University, and Central Theological College (both in Tokyo). We will take the opportunity to pay our respects, honor our connection, and celebrate our shared history.

We are a Seminary that strives to both receive students from overseas and invite our students to travel around the globe. Under the exceptional leadership of the Rev. Dr. Robert Heaney, our Center for Anglican Communion Studies seeks to keep our awareness of the Anglican Communion strong. Anglicanism is a global family, with a strong representation in Africa and a substantial presence in Asia and South America. To be fully Episcopalian, one needs to be aware of this reality.

In my various meetings this week, I will bring greetings from the Seminary community in Alexandria, VA. The words, "Go ye into the world and preach the Gospel" were true in the past and are true today. We honor and celebrate that part of our DNA and our heritage.

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