Wednesday through Friday this week at VTS, we are hosting a writing retreat for Doctor of Ministry students in their first year of thesis writing. While this is the first such retreat we’ve hosted, we hope that it will become an annual event to support students completing their theses. Students have traveled from as far away as Canada ad Hawaii to be part of this event.
The writing retreat provides a number of helpful offerings—from workshops on best writing practices to opportunities to connect with faculty advisors. Most importantly for our doctoral students who have demanding jobs in places like parishes and schools, it gives intentional time and space away from their daily tasks to reflect and write. I’m grateful to those who have coordinated this event: Ross Kane and Melody Knowles, who proposed and followed through on this idea, Mara Sherman, who organized the event, and Sharon Heaney and Beth Friend, who have provided invaluable instruction.
These students remind us of the gift that the space of VTS can be for those in full-time ministry. We provide a beautiful place to write, ample library resources, and opportunities for sharing ideas with others. In future years we hope to open this writing retreat to pastors working on their own writing projects. If you’re interested in participating in future years, email our doctoral programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President