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  • The Communion in the Middle East: January Term and Spring Semester Events

    Molly O'Brien
    The VTS campus is slightly quieter this month, with several students and faculty members traveling to participate in Cross-Cultural Education Programs (CCEPs) around the globe. We have students visiting Rome, Jerusalem and the Holy Land, India and new this year in connection with our Middle East focus, “Interfaith and Intercultural Encounters,” a study tour in Muscat, Oman. Our own CACS Director, Dr. Robert Heaney, is with the group in Oman, where they attended the Gulf Churches Fellowship Annual Meeting as part of their two-week educational program with the Al Amana Center in Muscat. Follow our Facebook page to see photos from these inspiring programs.

    Meanwhile, back on campus, the rest of the CACS staff is busy preparing for the second half of our year-long focus on the Anglican Church in the Middle East. As part of this theme, we will be welcoming the following visitors to campus and sharing opportunities to meet them either in person or through Facebook Live:

    February 6-8:     The Rev. Richard Sewell, Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem

    Friday, Feb 8, 12:30 p.m. Lunch forum in the Gibbs Room. Space is limited to 20. Sign up here.

    February 23-28:   The Rev. Canon Fuad Dagher, Canon for Reconciliation in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
    Wednesday, Feb 27, 12:30 p.m. Lunch forum in Gibbs Room. Space is limited to 20. A link to sign up via Eventbrite will be ready soon, but in the meantime, if interested in attending, please email Molly O’Brien.

    March 4-9:          The Rt. Rev. Michael Lewis and The Venerable Bill Schwartz, from the Diocese of Cypress and the Gulf
    Tuesday, March 5, 12:30 p.m. Lunch forum in Gibbs Room. Space is limited to 20. A link to sign up via Eventbrite will be ready soon, but in the meantime, if interested in attending, please email Molly O’Brien.

    Mar 25-April 5   Shadia Qubti, Christian Palestinian Israeli, Activist for Peace and Reconciliation
    April 2, 12:30 p.m. Lunch forum in Gibbs Room Space is limited to 20. A link to sign up via Eventbrite will be ready soon, but in the meantime, if interested in attending, please email Molly O’Brien.

    Tues. April 9:      The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter and Mr. Stuart Kensinger, Jerusalem Peacebuilders
    12:30-1:45 lunch forum in Gibbs Room to learn about the work of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Space limited to 20. If interested in attending, please email Molly O’Brien.

    Not related to our Middle East year, but equally exciting, CACS is honored to host a visit from a group of faculty and students from the Bishop Williams Theological Seminary in Kyoto, Japan from February 11-21. Their seminary was named after the Right Rev. Channing Moore Williams, a missionary bishop who founded the Anglican Church in Japan (Nippon Sei Ko Kai). Public opportunities to meet our Japanese guests include:
    Wednesday, Feb 13:
    11:00-11:50 Lecture by Rev. Dr. Bob Pritchard, “Theological Background of the Episcopal Mission to Japan” Addison 113
    1:00-2:00 Lecture by the Very Rev. Peter Akira Iwaki, Dean Emeritus of Osaka Cathedral, and Professor of Anglicanism at Bishop Williams Seminary: “Bishop C.M. Williams’ Contribution to the Foundation of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai” Addison 101
    2:00-2:30 Coffee reception in the Flamingo with guests from Bishop Williams Theological Seminary 
    We are looking forward to all of these visitors and events this spring as they help us to understand their contexts in the Communion. We hope you will join us at some or all of them.
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