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ALEXANDRIA, VA - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is pleased to announce the commissioning of Virginia Seminary in the Communion: 1823–2023 (working title), documenting the history of Virginia Theological Seminary’s engagement with the Anglican Communion. The book is planned to be released as part of VTS’s Bicentennial Celebration in the academic year 2022-23. VTS Dean and President, the Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., commented, “This publication will tell the full story of VTS work in encouraging mission set in a broad historical context of theological education and American evangelicalism. It will include not just intentions, but what was heard, what was challenged, and how indigenous spirituality and church life arose in multiple contexts.”
The book will be co-authored by CACS Senior Research Fellow the Rev. William Sachs, Ph.D. and recently appointed CACS Fellow for International Ecumenism Wanjiru Gitau, Ph.D.
Dr. Sachs is a priest, consultant, teacher, and author. He directs the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation, an interfaith initiative, and is the interim rector at Immanuel Episcopal Church in Delaplane, Virginia. He is the author or editor of nine books, including The Promise of Anglicanism (SCM 2019) with the Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil.
Dr. Gitau is a senior research scholar and co-director of the Spirituality, Pluralism, and Progress Project at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida. Her book Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered: Millennials and Social Change in African Perspective (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2018) won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in the Missions/Global Church category.
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.
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 us online at www.vts.edu.