Monday, September 10, 2018

Part of the vision of Virginia Theological Seminary is “to provide an ecumenical, international, and cross-cultural context for theological education.” One way we do this is through Cross-Cultural Education Programs or CCEPs. These courses allow students to reflect theologically in spaces and cultures very different from their own, and thus deepen their understanding of what it means to be a member of the Body of Christ.
 
Through participation in CCEPs, VTS students have walked, studied and prayed in the Holy Land, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Myanmar, and Tanzania, to name just a few. Some CCEPs, such as the Jerusalem course, are the result of long-standing institutional partnerships (St. George’s College, Jerusalem), while others (El Salvador) can emerge from students designing an independent study. There are currently courses planned for January 2019 in Rome, Italy, Jerusalem, and Muscat, Oman (a new course this year).
 
To help students learn about all the different types of CCEPs, how to design an independent study, and how to apply for funding, the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) will be hosting an information reception in Scott Lounge on Tuesday, September 11, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. I encourage all students to stop by on their way to or from lunch and speak with CACS staff to learn more about the cross-cultural offerings at VTS.
 
As Dean Markham says, “We are internationalists, and we believe that the best leaders are internationalists. Virginia Theological Seminary provides a global context for Christian formation.”
 
Molly O'Brien 
Administrative Coordinator
Center for Anglican Communion Studies
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