I have enjoyed reading the commentary over the summer. It has been fascinating. My highlights included the sabbatical reports, the lovely inspirational thoughts by Vice President Ballou, and the helpful introductions to departmental life, especially the library but also the multicultural ministries work of Dr. Thompson. Thank you to everyone who the commentaries.
A warm welcome to new students and returning students. We will gather for the start of the semester service, where Bishop Shannon Johnson will be the celebrant. We honor Bishop Shannon as he starts his transition. His support for the Seminary has been deep; his commitment to reconciliation and justice has been total. We are delighted that he is with us; and we pray for his transition.
Starting the semester with worship is an invitation to lift up our heads from the immediate and the ephemeral and focus instead on the eternal and enduring. We are in the Gospel business; let us recommit afresh as a community to building up our life together, always focused on Christ.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President