VTS signs new agreement with St. George’s College, Jerusalem

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Media Contact: Curtis Prather 
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ALEXANDRIA, VA –Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is pleased to announce a renewed partnership agreement with St. George’s College in Jerusalem. As part of this agreement, both institutions recommit to holding each other up in prayer, to working together to promote a positive vision of the Anglican Communion worldwide, and to actively seeking collaboration on mutual learning experiences, such as cross-cultural education programs. This important partnership builds on the previous agreement with St. George’s College and looks to support and deepen its work as the Anglican Center in the Holy Land.

The agreement states: “Acknowledging the rich experience of partnership we have enjoyed and cognizant of the mutual benefits in our respective communities of such partnership, we commit to seeing our partnership grow and mature and acknowledge that this agreement represents a continued co-operation for the sake of the wider church.”

“For all Christians, the connection with the land where Jesus walked is precious. We are pleased to continue to partner with St. George’s College, Jerusalem, said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. "Countless students have been shaped and formed by this institution. We cherish the link; we celebrate the connection; and we look forward to the partnership continuing.”

The Very Rev. Canon Richard Sewell, dean of St. George’s College, said: “St. George's College, Jerusalem has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with VTS over many years which has enriched both institutions. It has enabled us to provide many people going through theological education a transformative experience by visiting the Holy Land, encountering its people and engaging with places of profound spiritual significance. We are delighted that this mutually beneficial partnership is being renewed to enable us to continue to make an indelible mark upon the next generation of church leaders and teachers.”

VTS’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies is responsible for implementing the agreement under the leadership of its director, the Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil.

The new agreement runs for three years, beginning July 1, 2019.

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Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary 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 Virginia Seminary online at www.vts.edu.
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