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(Alexandria, VA) - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the publication of Community Rules: An Episcopal Manual (Church Publishing, January 2019), by the Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS, and Kathryn Glover, M.P.A., SHRM-SCP, vice president for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness and secretary of the Corporation.
“The rules are reminders of how we are meant to live out our baptismal covenant within the very human context of parish life," said Glover. "We hope that parishes will consider giving copies to newcomers and volunteers and that vestries will use it in developing their own group norms.”
Taking the approach of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, Community Rules seeks to distill the basics of “good church” into a set of memorable rules. Working with three sections, the authors draw on their years of combined experience in academic and church administration to identify the basic Christian principles that underpin the Episcopal community and then apply them to actions and relationships. Community Rules seeks to explicate the best personnel practices, as well as good governance and communal life together, alongside a framing within the Christian worldview. The goal is to provide a text that can serve as a guide for any and all members of a parish, most especially those who serve on vestries or as volunteers.
“It was lovely working with Vice President Glover on this book," said Dean Markham. "And it was a real opportunity for us to reflect on the nature of Christian community and how best it can be embodied.”
Markham is the co-author of several books including Faith Rules: An Episcopal Manual, Episcopal Questions, Episcopal Answers: Exploring Christian Faith, and An Introduction to Ministry: A Primer for Renewed Life and Leadership in Mainline Protestant Congregations.
Glover is the In addition to being the Vice President for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness and Secretary of the Corporation at VTS, Glover is on the board of In-Trust Center for Theological Schools.

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