Alexandria, Va – Virginia Theological Seminary professors the Rev. Katherine Sonderegger Ph.D and the Rev. Robert Heaney Ph.D, D.Phil have been appointed by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, to be part of the St. Augustine’s Seminar.
The seminar is designed to resource the teaching of the Lambeth 2020 conference and will involve leading academics in Bible and theology. Sonderegger and Heaney will join an ecumenical and inter-cultural group with scholars from Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, and the U.K. The biblical foundation for the 2020 conference is the text of I Peter and the seminar, meeting at Lambeth Palace in November, will produce resources for the bishop participants and those addressing the conference.
In an Anglican Communion press release of September 11, Welby spoke of his hopes: “The expertise and insight of the theologians who gather will be vital in informing . . . thinking in areas such as the daily Bible expositions, group Bible studies and homilies [for Lambeth 2020]. I pray it will be a stimulating and exciting time together.”
“Virginia Theological Seminary has deep and abiding relationships throughout the Anglican Communion” said the Rev. Very Ian Markham Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “For almost two centuries this community has sought to serve the mission of God through World Anglicanism. It is a joy that two of our faculty can continue that tradition by serving the St. Augustine’s seminar. This is important work. We pray that it produces fresh vision for Anglicans as we seek a deeper vision of the risen Christ amidst the diversity and difference of the Communion.”
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.