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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce that the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will visit the VTS campus for a special speech in celebration of the 20th anniversary for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS), as well as a dedication during an evening Eucharist of the new stained glass windows on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
The Presiding Bishop will address the subject of “Why the Episcopal Church Needs World Anglicanism.” His talk will be followed by a conversation with a panel of VTS faculty and students. 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
“Virginia Theological Seminary has a deep and rich history of discerning the mission of God through the Anglican Communion” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “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 talk will be in the Multipurpose Room of the Addison Academic Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. This will follow a special Eucharist at 5:20 p.m. in Immanuel Chapel where Bishop Curry will preach and dedicate the three new stained glass windows from artist Brian Clarke. Both events will be live streamed on the VTS website
The Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary celebrates its 20th anniversary this year (2017-2018) with a full program of activities and two centerpiece 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 194 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.