Alexandria, VA - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the release of the Seminary Covenant.
Initially developed by the Office of Multicultural Ministries and the Dean’s Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity as a "Diversity Statement," the Seminary Covenant articulates VTS' commitment to being a place where all people can thrive as cherished children of God.
"This is not just a surface affair," said the Rev. Joseph Thompson, Ph.D., director of Multicultural Ministries and assistant professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies. "The Covenant signifies an active commitment and with 'Seminary' to suggest that diversity and inclusivity should be central to who we are as an institution overall. I hope that all of us will view the Covenant as a living document
that can enrich our beloved seminary in the coming years."
This week, VTS launched a video to help communicate the message of the Covenant. Faculty, staff, students, and campus children take turns reading the words. It can be viewed here.
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 ordained who received residential theological education. Visit Virginia Seminary online at www.vts.edu.