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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Virginia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that the Rev.William Sachs, Ph.D. has been appointed as a Research Fellow with the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. This appointment began on August 1, 2019 and will run through August 31, 2023.
In his role as Research Fellow, Sachs's primary task will be the research and writing of Virginia in the Communion: 1823–2023 (working title), documenting the history of Virginia Theological Seminary’s engagement with the Anglican Communion, which is to be published as part of the seminary’s Bicentennial Celebration in academic year 2022-23.
Sachs is a priest, consultant, teacher, and author. He directs the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation, an interfaith initiative, and assists at St. Stephen’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Previously Sachs was Vice-President of the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York where he directed research and leadership formation programs. An Episcopal priest, he has served parishes in Virginia, Chicago, and Connecticut and has held various church leadership roles.
Sachs is well-known to VTS and the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. He and CACS Director the Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil. are co-authors of The Promise of Anglicanism (SCM, 2019) and Sachs is a contributing author in Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice (Morehouse, 2016). Sachs is also the author of Global Anglicanism, c. 1910-2000, Volume Five, The Oxford History of Anglicanism, 2018 (edited) and sole author of Homosexuality and the Crisis of Anglicanism (Cambridge, 2009, 2013).
The Center for Anglican Communion Studies exists to promote and practice better community for the Communion through consultations, research, and publications for the sake of inter-cultural and inter-religious reconciliation. In the 2019-2020 academic year, they will host a wide array of speakers and events related to the theme of “Spirituality in the Anglican Communion.”
Virginia Theological Seminary is preparing for its bicentennial in 2023. Serving the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion for 200 years our bicentennial celebration will remind us of the equal importance of looking to the future, living faithfully in the present, and looking with clarity at the past.
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..