Travel is an important part of my work. Last week I was in San Antonio, at the meeting of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP). It was a good event, with some excellent presentations involving Dr. Lisa Kimball and Dr. Robert Heaney. Around these events, I had a variety of meetings; it was an important opportunity to connect. One meeting in particular involved the Board of CEEP and the Council of Deans. It was exciting to learn that every member of the VTS community is a member of CEEP; I will ask Ms. Shelagh Casey Brown (who is on the Board) to share the details of how to access the CEEP resources.
The weekend was spent down in Charlottesville, VA. I preached and did Adult Education at the Episcopal Church in Ivy, VA. Then today the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins and I will host a Roundtable. These meetings are important. The network of friends is a key indicator of our strength. And it takes time to create friends.
Travel can be hard work. Do please sympathize with Dr. Robert Heaney. Due to the weather, Robert had to find a hotel in Dallas on Thursday night; his flight to San Antonio was canceled. He arrived bleary eyed and exhausted just in time for his talk. Fortunately it was still a good talk!
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President