At the 52nd Luther Bowl flag football tournament in Gettysburg, PA this year, the VTS Fighting Friars were easy to spot, dressed in bright, flamingo-pink jerseys. After winning the first two games of the day, we played in a playoff game, where we played almost flawlessly. We had two lightning-fast receivers in Wes Arning and Seldon Walker, without a doubt, two of the most athletic players on the field among all six seminary teams. The Rev. Mark Jefferson threw pinpoint passes, and our defense was rock-solid. We won 40-0, and we headed into the championship game.
A faith that is socially generous, ritually attractive and theologically orthodox is attracting adherents. Our experience isn’t atypical
The negative picture of theological education in “Seminaries Struggle to Maintain Their Roles” (U.S. News, Aug. 11) focuses on institutions in Massachusetts and California, the most secular parts of the country. Virginia Theological Seminary is the strongest seminary in the Episcopal Church. Younger vocations are growing (the median age of our students is 31); the placement rate in parishes is over 95%; and a faith that is socially generous, ritually attractive and theologically orthodox is attracting adherents. Our experience isn’t atypical.