Today we welcome on campus our doctoral students. 35 students arrived yesterday for a three-week residency that combines intensive coursework, worship, and fellowship. About 30 more doctoral students have already completed their summer residencies and are writing their doctoral theses at home.
Our doctoral students are remarkable people. All of them are fully engaged in full-time ministry. They serve the church as parish priests, school chaplains, hospital chaplains, and many other ministries. Amid these demanding schedules, they carve out time for the demands of doctoral work. One imagines quite the juggling act in their day to day lives: a parish priest makes a hospital visit, then reads theologian H. Richard Niebuhr over lunch for her doctoral course, then moves to sermon preparation for the upcoming Sunday. Often she might stay up late in the evening to complete an online discussion post before bed. These students’ commitment to learning is an inspiration.
It is a commitment learning, but more so a commitment to enhancing their ministry of making disciples. These students are eager to learn because they are eager to serve God’s church. We are pleased to welcome them here to VTS and delighted that we can be a place that welcomes and empowers students serving God’s mission.
The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D. Director of Doctoral Programs Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture