Tonight I am in Pensacola doing a talk on "Transforming relationships between Christians and Muslims". Yesterday I had a delightful visit with Bishop Russell Kendrick. It is exciting to visit other parts of the country. It is good to see what our alums are doing as they shape the future of the church.
Seminary is like a stone being thrown into the middle of a lake. It is a moment of drama; water moves to one side; human lives are shaped, formed, and changed; and women and men are prepared for decades of service. And the initial waves, created by the stone, become ripples that radiate from the moment of impact. So as I tour different congregations - some big, some small - I see the waves and ripples radiating out from the Seminary. Their biblical knowledge is shared; their pastoral skills are utilized; and their sense of the craft of ministry is realized.
For every life educated on the holy hill, thousands of lives are impacted. As people handle moments of joy (the birth of a child, the decision to get married) and moments of deep sadness (loss, illness, and divorce), so a priest formed at Virginia Theological Seminary is present. At moments - these life changing moments - all of us working at Virginia Theological Seminary are having a dramatic impact on the world.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President