Travel does have a downside. It involves lots of airports, tons of waiting, and adjusting to different time zones. But it does have a significant perk. When the weather is cold and damp in Alexandria, it is a delight to be enjoying delightful weather in San Antonio, Texas. Vice President Linda Dienno, the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins, and I have been cultivating new friends in San Antonio, Texas. Part of the diocese of West Texas, we are seeking to make sure the Seminary is connected with this dynamic and growing part of the Episcopal Church.
Yesterday, in a good meeting with Bishop David Reed, we talked about the future of theological education. He sees the diocese as a mission diocese, where church planting needs to be the future. He was excited to hear about our new Mission Practices track, with alternative forms of field education. He sees this as a priority. He was pleased to hear about Church and Community Engagement, where different ways of doing church are explored and taught.
Developing a new track in our MDiv is hard work. So it was helpful to listen to a Bishop endorse our efforts. We are here to serve the church: in the end, it is not what we would like to do that matters, it is what the church needs that matters.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President