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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is delighted to announce that the speaker for the 2017 Mollegen Forum will be the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon. The Forum is Wed., Nov. 15, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Secretary General’s visit is planned as part of the seminary’s 20th anniversary celebrations for its Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS). Archbishop Idowu-Fearon will address the subject of, “The Vitality of World Anglicanism” in conversation with a distinguished panel. The director of the center, the Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D, D.Phil will moderate the conversation. Those wishing to attend are requested to register.
The Mollegen Forum was established in honor of Dr. Albert T. Mollegen, who taught New Testament and Ethics at Virginia Theological Seminary from 1936 until 1974. A very powerful and charismatic teacher, Dr. Mollegen was deeply committed to an ongoing conversation between the church and the public square. He was committed to fostering dialogue between theology and the structures of power, and inspired many generations of students to become more deeply engaged with a broad range of social justice issues.
“Virginia Theological Seminary has a deep and rich history of discerning the mission of God through the Anglican Communion,” Dean and President of VTS, the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham Ph.D, said today. “We are proud of our Center for Anglican Communion Studies as it continues this tradition of discernment in inter-cultural theology; in consultations, research, and publications; and in developing practices of reconciliation across the world. As we look towards celebrating two centuries of the witness of VTS, it is right that we pause and celebrate two decades of vision and ministry through CACS.”
The Center for Anglican Communion Studies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year (2017-2018) with a full program of activities and two centrepiece events involving the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion (November 2017) and the Presiding Bishop (February 2018). The concept of a Center for Anglican Communion Studies was first explored under the leadership of Dean and President, the Very Reverend Richard Reid, Ph.D and came to fruition under Dean and President, the Very Reverend Martha Horne, Ph.D. With the appointment of the Very Reverend Ian Markham, Ph.D as Dean and President, CACS has grown from strength to strength and is now widely respected in the wider Church and Communion. The Center for Anglican Communion Studies exists to “promote and practice better community for the Communion” through consultations, research, and publications for the sake of inter-cultural and inter-religious reconciliation.
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu..