Faculty colleagues gathered at the Claggett Center for the annual Faculty retreat. There were lots of new faces - Jacqui Ballou, Linda Dienno, Mark Jefferson, Ross Kane, and Jim Mathes. Last night, while sitting around a warm fire, our administrators shared their sense of vocation and vision for the Seminary. It was lovely to hear how administration can be seen as ministry. One of our newer priests on the Faculty, Bill Roberts, presided at the Eucharist. It was a good moment as we settled into being together.
The main topic is the Curriculum Review. We are still putting in place the building blocks for discussion. Learning from stakeholders and examining alternative MDiv programs from other seminaries. Our goal is to create the MDiv which is both excellent and at the same effective in making our graduates ready for ministry.
Naturally, these occasions involve considerable laughter. There are deep bonds of affection that connect people together. It was good to be with these remarkable women and men as we strive to ensure that the Seminary goes from strength to strength.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President