February 2018

Molly O'Brien
The Center for Anglican Communion Studies is continuing our year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary. Our impact and our outlook are global, so it seemed fitting that the celebration should be as well. To that end, we have created a series of Communion Greetings videos in which we have invited our international students, alumni, friends, and partners to record a greeting and share a few words about what the Anglican Communion means to them. Those of you who attended the Mollegen Forum with the Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, had a chance to see the debut of the Communion Greetings video.

As we welcome Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to campus on February 1 to speak about “Why the Episcopal Church Needs World Anglicanism,” (watch the lecture and panel discussion here), we invite you to watch the Communion Greetings video and ponder the question for yourselves, what does the Anglican Communion mean to you? If you want to engage others in that question, you have multiple opportunities to do so this month and throughout the semester! Have coffee with a classmate who spent all or part of January in another part of the world on a Cross Cultural Education Program (CCEP), sit down with an international student who brings their own rich experience of global Anglicanism, or sign up for the next of several Lunchtime Conversations with respected Communion leaders.

In fact, one such leader is in our midst all month long. The Rev. Canon Rosemary Mbogo, Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Kenya, is here on a Communion Sabbatical hosted by CACS. Some of you may recognize her from when she was here in October to receive an honorary degree at Convocation, and we are blessed that she has been able to return to VTS for a longer stay.

From mid-February to mid-March, we will also welcome Rt. Rev. Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, courtesy of a partnership between the Diocese of Liverpool and the Diocese of Virginia. Canon Rosemary and Bishop Paul’s visits will overlap, which means that we are able to bring both of their voices of experience together in a special Lunchtime Forum on February 20 on “Becoming World Anglicans.” (12:30-2:00, Gibbs Room). Please email CACS if you’d like to attend this event.

In summary, we have many ways to reflect on and celebrate our role in the Anglican Communion this month, and we hope you will join us! Stay tuned for event announcements, and, if you haven’t already, “like” us on Facebook so we can get to 2,000 likes for our 20th anniversary!
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