Life in Community at Virginia Seminary grows out of a commitment to prayer, worship, study, and love for God. The Holy Spirit is always at work in our life together as we are formed and shaped into the image of Christ who leads us deeper into the heart of God and out into the world.
Daily expectations of students and faculty include three elements: commitment to study and participation in class, to attendance at one of three daily services (Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist, or Evening Prayer) and to sharing a common meal at lunch in the refectory. The commitment to this rhythm of our communal life deepens the formation of our Christian discipleship and reinforces our understanding that growth in Christ is not something to be accomplished on one’s own, but in the give and take of the life together.
The community itself is diverse in age, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, and familial constellations as well as in many, many other ways. This fact is a great blessing to VTS and must be nurtured in the way we live together. Intentionally building the communal life means having mutual respect and regard for one another at all times and in all places. Academic freedom and expression of ideas and opinions are important values at VTS, especially when we disagree on issues in the church and the world, in theological understanding and in biblical interpretation.