Thursday, October 11, 2018

It is lovely to welcome Sen. George Mitchell, former United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland 1995-2001) and for Middle East Peace (2009-2011), to the campus today. He will give a keynote address on peacemaking, reconciliation, and how a grounding in faith can inform work in international arenas. This is being organized by the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. We are excited to hear Senator Mitchell.

It has been a rich week week for guests. Following Brian Clarke and Kiki McGrath, we have also had Dean Robert Willis from Canterbury Cathedral speaking. The connections between the Seminary and Canterbury are rich and deep. Seminarians enjoy the program in the summer; the Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb is a regular speaker; we have a Canterbury stone in our altar; and as Brian Clarke explained, we have a window based on the famous 12th century Sower window from Canterbury. To hear Dean Willis speak was a real treat.

Inevitably, the pressing paper deadline is hard. It is hard slotting something else in. But these opportunities to learn from these distinguished guests can be crucial moments of formation. It is, of course, a balance. But I have heard all the lectures thus far; and I am definitely adding Senator Mitchell to my list.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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