There are times when it is important to slow down and take notice. Knowing where we have been informs our experience of the present and decisions we make about the future. When I assumed responsibility for oversight of the Office of Lifetime Theological Education (LTE), I began to ask a lot of questions. I quickly discovered that one person, Anne Karoly, the Associate Director of LTE, carried an extraordinary amount of institutional memory. Together we embarked on a journey to tell the story of Continuing Education at VTS. We discovered that 2017 was the 50th year of intentional programming beyond the formal seminary experience. This needed to be celebrated!
With the publication of a special issue of News from the Hill chronicling five decades of non-degree theological education for lay and clergy leaders, a festive dinner with the seminary trustees, faculty and invited guests, and a provocative lecture by the Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo, “The Word Became Flesh: Living Truth in Untruthful Times,” we have taken notice that this seminary cares about forming faithful leaders for a healthy church. We have also committed ourselves to the next 50 years of relevant, imaginative, accessible, and theologically-rich continuing education.
This future would not be possible without the 10 years of steady program development and management by Anne Karoly. As we look toward the future, deeply grateful for the past, Anne will be moving to California to be closer to her family and to provide primary support her mother, Marilyn.
Anne—VTS alum (1997), fabric artist, playful and prayerful colleague and friend—will be greatly missed, although her wisdom and support will continue to shape our future programming. Watch for an announcement of a celebration event to honor Anne. Characteristically, she has requested that it be “fun!”
Elisabeth M. Kimball, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning, Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership