VTS Announces Partnership with Gladstone's Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

9/10/2014

Media Contact: Carol Kyber
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VTS Announces Partnership with Gladstone's Library

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On September 8, 2014 Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) signed an agreement with Gladstone’s Library in North Wales. Representing the Seminary was the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president, and the Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of Old Testament.

The Rev. Peter Francis, warden of Gladstone’s Library, was pleased to offer the Seminary the opportunity for VTS faculty colleagues to research at one of the premier theological and residential libraries in the United Kingdom.

The Agreement reads, in part:
 
"Two historical institutions committed to learning and reflection on faith agree to provide opportunities for scholars to research, rest, and pray.  We believe that we need thoughtful Christians who are ready and willing to engage constructively with the predicaments and possibilities of modernity. We trust that this partnership will create such Christian leaders."
 
“This important agreement will ensure that the Seminary continues to produce publications that serve both the Church and the academic guild,” said Markham. “Our service to the Church is a matter of creating a learned clergy of men and women who are committed to the life of the mind. We are blessed with a distinguished and widely published Faculty, who all have substantial research projects.“

The Agreement, which takes effect on October 1, 2014, provides both opportunities for Gladstone¹s Library staff to visit the Seminary for research, advice, and employee development, as well as a Residency for a member of the VTS Faculty.

Click here to read the complete Agreement.

Founded in 1894 by the British statesman and politician William Ewart Gladstone, Gladstone’s Library is Britain's largest residential library and is considered an important research library with over 250,000 items, mostly in theology, history and literature..

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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.
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