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2020

  • April

    TryTank Experimental Lab launches “Dial-A-Priest”

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  • March

    VTS Offices Remain Closed Through May 15

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  • VTS Closes Offices Until March 23

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  • VTS Announces Move to Online Classes and Chapel Closure

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  • February

    VTS announces new book from Professor Patricia Lyons

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  • The Cave of St. Jerome, under the Church of St. Catherine, Bethlehem, where St. Jerome translated the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin between 386-404 AD.

    VTS Announces Two Pilgrimages for 2021

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  • VTS Raises Money for Capital Campaign with LEGO® Bricks

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  • VTS Announces "Virginia Seminary in the Communion: 1823–2023"

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  • VTS to Dedicate Renovated Refectory During Capital Campaign Public Launch

    Media Contact: Curtis Prather 
    Tel: (703) 461-1782
    Email: cprather@vts.edu

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – This evening Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) will dedicate the renovated refectory in memory of Texas donor and parishioner during public launch of Capital Campaign.
     
    To solidify the 140-year partnership between the Diocese of Texas and the Virginia Theological Seminary, the Episcopal Foundation of Texas awarded the Seminary a $1 million-dollar gift which will help fund the renovation of their refectory—providing a contemporary and hospitable space for dining and social interaction for staff and students.
     
    The refectory has been named in honor of H.H. “Pete” Coffield, who died in 1979, and left one-third of his estate to the Diocese of Texas. This helped fund the Episcopal Foundation of Texas as well as other foundations. The renovated refectory opened February 2, 2020.
     
    “The Seminary is excited to preserve the legacy of H.H. “Pete” Coffield, a parishioner of St. Thomas, Rockdale, Texas, whose life's work has enriched so many people,” said Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary. “By honoring his memory with the naming of one of the most important and cherished buildings on campus, VTS deepens our commitment with the Diocese of Texas and honors lay ministry.”
     
    Since 1879, hundreds of students from the diocese have graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary. Currently over 110 alumni are serving in the Diocese of Texas.
     
    “The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has benefited from strong clergy leadership from Virginia Seminary since its founding, yet we have never made a gift beyond our annual fund support. It is with great pleasure that just as Texas’ future has been blessed by Virginia Seminary’s formation today, we can give back and join with others to help ensure quality facilities well into the future,” said the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, bishop of Texas (pictured with Dean Markham).
     
    Built in 1950, the refectory is one of the cornerstones for the VTS ethos of "Chapel, Class, and Lunch." According to Markham, conversing while eating is the beginning of a table fellowship and is as important as residential formation, academics, and worship.
     
    “Lunch matters because this is the place of table fellowship, where deep friendships are formed, and lives are shaped by the agency of the Holy Spirit through community,” added Markham.
     
    The space will host VTS’s public phase of the Capital Campaign Kick-off event this evening, February 11, 2020.


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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 us online at www.vts.edu.


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  • January

    Introducing the VTS Reparations Research Team

    Media Contact: Curtis Prather 
    Tel: (703) 461-1782 
    Email: cprather@vts.edu

    ALEXANDRIA, VA –  Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced on September 5, 2019 that it would begin a reparations program targeted specifically towards descendants of enslaved persons who worked on the campus and of African Americans who were employed by the seminary during the Jim Crow era. VTS has put together a reparations research team to locate descendants of those who worked at the Seminary from 1827 to 1951. In the fall of 2019, three professional genealogists were added to the team: Char McCargo Bah, Nathania (Nay) Branch-Miles, and Elizabeth Drembus.
     
    Bah is a native Alexandrian who worked on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery Project and who is working on the Ramsay Homes’ Descendant Project. Branch-Miles who worked on several projects in Prince George’s County, MD. Both are members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and they are chapter members of Prince George’s AAHGS. In addition to conducting archival research with the aim of documenting descendants’ connections to VTS, they will be reaching out to descendants in order to research their families’ records and oral traditions regarding their ancestors’ experiences at the Seminary. 

    Drembus is a genealogist for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, with an interest in African American lineages and genealogical resources. Prior to working for the DAR, Elizabeth worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon. She has also been involved in local history research projects focusing on antebellum African American land ownership in Fairfax County and was a member of the Fort Ward Working Group. With the VTS reparations research, Drembus’s focus is on finding the names of enslaved persons who worked on the campus.

    The Rev. Joseph D. Thompson, Jr., Ph.D. '18, director of Multicultural Ministries at VTS, whose office administers the program said, “Virginia Theological Seminary is honored to collaborate with professionals of this caliber. Right away, they began uncovering information that is new to us. We look forward to many more important discoveries in the future.”

    For more information, please visit here..

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    ABOUT VTS
    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.
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  • Bishops and Theologians Gather Seeking Resources for Good Disagreement

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    Media Contact: Curtis Prather
    Tel: (703) 461-1782
    Email: cprather@vts.edu

    Alexandria, VA - Virginia Theological Seminary’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies concludes a consultation today on theological resources to address disagreements within the Anglican Communion.

    Thirty bishops, church leaders, and scholars gathered to address the question of what course to take when provinces of the Communion disagree on doctrine.
     
    The Rev Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS, welcomed the group saying “serious theological work on the nature of the Church and the Communion is urgent in these days. I am delighted that our Center for Anglican Communion Studies is hosting such a distinguished group of scholars capable of imagining a fruitful future for our tradition.”
     
    The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon ‘85, Resigned Bishop-in-Charge for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and chair of the House of Bishops Ecclesiology Committee, commented “The question grew out of essays by the Committee: since Anglicans rule our churches by synod, how can conflicting doctrinal and moral decisions be addressed theologically? We were blessed to have a rich conversation around several brilliant scholars’ presentations. I am heartened by the results, and grateful to all those who made this seminal event possible.”
     
    Presenters included bishops and leaders from the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of England, Lambeth Palace, the US Episcopal Church, and leading scholars from VTS, Trinity School for Ministry, and the Living Church Institute.
     
    Papers from the meeting will be published by Wipf and Stock prior to the July 2020 meeting of Anglican Communion Bishops and their spouses at the Lambeth Conference.
     
    “When Churches in Communion Disagree: A Consultation” was co-sponsored by The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, The Episcopal Diocese of Texas, The Episcopal Church House of Bishops Ecclesiology Committee, The Living Church Institute and the Virginia Theological Seminary Center for Anglican Communion Studies.

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    ABOUT VTS
    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.
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  • VTS Announces Partnership With the St. Nicholas Center

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  • Deep Calls to Deep Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Cohort

    Media Contact: Curtis Prather
    Tel: (703) 461-1782
    Email: cprather@vts.edu
     
    Alexandria, VA - Deep Calls to Deep is a year-long program for mid-career clergy hosted by Virginia Theological Seminary.  Preachers nourish their passion for preaching through voice and embodiment work and through deepening their connection with the Holy Spirit.

    Peer groups of six working preachers gather initially for a week-long residency from June 7-12, 2020.  Over the course of a year, they meet monthly to preach for each other and respond to each other’s preaching, then gather for a final residency in June 2021.  The program also includes sabbath time and worship, individual coaching with a preaching guide, lectures and workshops, and a mid-year retreat.

    The majority of this program is generously funded by a Lilly Endowment grant and supported by VTS.  A preaching fellowship includes programming, meals, and housing.  Accepted fellows are asked to contribute $500, as well as travel costs.

    For more information and an application, please visit https://www.vts.edu/deep-calls-to-deep
     
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    ABOUT VTS
    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.
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  • VTS Announces PitchTank, Encouraging Church Entrepreneurship

    Media Contact: Curtis Prather
    Tel: (703) 461-1782
    Email: cprather@vts.edu
     
    Alexandria, VA - From church in a spin studio to a smart speaker version of morning prayer that’s been a hit, to starting Spanish-speaking congregational communities from scratch, it has been a year of trying for TryTank, the experimental lab for church growth and innovation. And now, TryTank is casting a wide net for the next great innovation idea for the church by introducing PitchTank, an opportunity for church entrepreneurs who wish to see more innovation and experimentation to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts.
     
    PitchTank will occur on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Rooted in Jesus conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Entrepreneurs may pitch their ideas either live at the conference or over videoconferencing. The selected ideas will receive a budget of up to $5000 to launch their experiment in collaboration with TryTank. All are encouraged to submit ideas and can do so by visiting www.TryTank.org/pitchtank.
     
    PitchTank is open to anyone in the church, lay or ordained, who wants to share an experiment idea about how they believe the church could grow. Based in grassroots organization, PitchTank seeks to glean the wisdom of the church to help the church. As the Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, the founding director of TryTank, explains, “We know that the wisdom of the church is actually in the church and this is one way we’re trying to find more of it.”
     
    PitchTank will have a straightforward process that allows good ideas to have a hearing. The individual pitch should only be five minutes long. With such a brief window of opportunity, entrepreneurs are encouraged to present the essence of their idea. Some guiding questions might be, “What is the problem to be addressed and the solution proposed?” “Briefly, how will the solution work?” and “Why is this important for the church.” Lebrija explains, “On purpose, this is a very simple process so that anyone who has an idea can give us the gist of it. If it’s good, we’ll work to develop it with them.” All ideas are welcome.
     
    TryTank: An Experimental Laboratory for Church Growth and Innovation is a joint project between Virginia Theological Seminary and the General Theological Seminary. TryTank offers a much-needed inventive approach to the challenges facing the Episcopal Church. Working in partnership across the Episcopal Church, TryTank works to understand the forces threatening the church in order to identify creative ways to equip future leaders to reinvigorate the church.
     
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    ABOUT VTS
    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.
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