The phone rang. I was expecting it. It was Ms. Heather Zdancewicz calling from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. We chatted about news from our respective institutions and about our families for some time. And then she got down to business. "Why were there no applications from VTS to the Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES)?" she asked.
It was a good question. Our sister seminaries were making applications, but not VTS. As she was talking she googled our website - apparently we have one mention of the EES and it wasn't even properly identified. Here is a grant awarding organization; one that is eager to hear from seminarians who want to do imaginative, mission-orientated stuff; and here is a Seminary that believes that we must "Go ye in to the world and preach the Gospel". "What is wrong", asked Heather.
So here is a challenge to all our seminarians. EES want really good applications. They want applications that are mission orientated. So let us get imaginative. May there be ten applications from VTS in the next round. This is, after all, who we are.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President