One might think that after a large signature event like hosting a visit of the Presiding Bishop, the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) would take it easy for a few weeks. However, there are far too many impressive Communion leaders to connect with! For the whole month of February, CACS was hosting the Rev. Canon Dr. Rosemary Mbogo for a Communion Sabbatical. Then, as the rest of VTS was preparing for Spring Visit Weekend, CACS was also preparing for the visit of a second sabbatical guest, the Rt. Rev. Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, UK. Bp. Paul will be with us through the middle of March.
During her visit, Canon Rosemary preached at a morning eucharist, held a lunchtime forum about the Anglican Church of Kenya, joined Bp. Paul Bayes for a joint forum on “Being World Anglicans.” In between these public appearances, she also connected with the Kenyan community in the greater DC area, preached at the church of VTS graduate Peter Gachira ’17, conversed with the VTS community over meals, and made time for her own research (it was a sabbatical, after all!).
In addition to the joint forum with Canon Rosemary, Bp. Paul has preached at a morning eucharist, is scheduled to present at a lunch forum for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 7, and then gather with a smaller group for a dinner at the home of Robert and Sharon Heaney. Bp. Paul’s sabbatical is also dedicated to a book he is writing, and at the lunch forum on March 7, the VTS community will get a preview of one of the chapters.
It is truly an honor for CACS to host these renowned Anglican scholars and practitioners during our 20th anniversary year. They have widened our understanding of the richness of the Anglican Communion and brought a lively spark to campus in this Lenten season when we’re all a little tired of winter and eagerly awaiting the signs of spring. Please join us in giving thanks for the presence and ministry of Canon Rosemary and Bishop Paul, and bless them on their journeys when they leave VTS and return to their communities.