Monday, February 11, 2019

I write this commentary from Phoenix, Arizona. Last night the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins and I spent the evening with the Very Rev. Troy Mendez, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. We talked church; we talked life as a priest, and we talked about the future. Troy is doing amazing work. It is fabulous connecting with our alums. Yesterday morning, we watched three of our alums serve at the altar. This is the work of VTS at its most basic. This work of service is where it all happens.

Tonight we have a Roundtable. This is our opportunity to connect with current and potential friends of the Seminary. The Seminary depends on a deep well of affection. We cannot survive without women and men believing in this place. One of my responsibilities is to ensure that we develop this well of affection.

Our Roundtable tonight turns the dinner party into an Admissions Committee. We create four potential students. It is our way of describing the challenge and joy of theological education. How do you educate the future of the Church? How do you handle the diversity of our world and the church? This is our obligation. This is our joy.

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