In April 2018, Virginia Theological Seminary announced an environmentally or creation-centered sermon contest with monetary prizes awarded for the top three sermons. Funding was made available through the Kreitler Environmental Fund.
Those interested were invited to submit sermons that had been prepared and preached with the environment in general and Earth Day 2018 in particular as their basis.
The environment and care for all God created has long been important at VTS. Over the years, students have initiated many environmental projects including composting coffee grounds and kitchen scraps, bringing bee hives to campus, fasting for Climate Days, and organizing an Earth Day Eucharist. The Seminary administration ensured the Immanuel Chapel and new student housing were built to LEED Gold Standards.
Globally, since 1970, many have observed Earth Day on April 22 as a time to demonstrate support for protecting and preserving our environment. 2018 marked the 48th Earth Day and the focus was on ending pollution from plastics. The focus for the Earth Day 2019 will be the need to protect and save all species. VTS will run another environmentally-based sermon-writing contest next spring. Watch the monthly eNews for announcements and deadlines.
The Kreitler Environmental Fund was established in 2008 by the Rev. Canon Peter Gwillim Kreitler (VTS ’69), his wife Catharine B. Kreitler, brother Jay Kreitler, and friends, in memory of John (Jack) Henry Kreitler and Muriel (Billie) Gwillim Kreitler, the parents of Peter Gwillim and John (Jay) Taylor Kreitler.