2018

  • May

    195th Commencement Celebrated at VTS

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    Alexandria, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) celebrated its 195th Commencement today, awarding 60 students with degrees of Master in Divinity, Master of Arts, Doctor of Ministry, Diploma in Theology, and Diploma in Anglican Studies, representing over 25 dioceses and 8 different countries.

    “Commencement is a day of great hope for the Church and for the Episcopal Church,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “Lay and ordained leadership set forth from the campus to serve the people, to preach the Gospel, and to be there in human lives at the hardest and happiest times. Let us pray for this group of graduates from Virginia Theological Seminary.”

    The commencement address was given by the Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor ‘DD 01, New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest.

    "Like all Christians I have a hard time with conflict," Taylor told the Class of 2018, in her sermon which tackled the politics, divisions, and confllict. "Even Jesus' teachings take conflict for granted. You can't love an enemy who is not there; turnng the other cheek requires someone to slap you first.... The very existence of these teachings of these teachings tell is that Jesus knew conflict would be a regular part of his followers' lives and that they needed to know they had choices about how to handle those occasions, otherwise they would only be able to find two gears: idle and attack." 

    During the ceremony, the Anglican Communion Prize, which recognizes a graduating student who has shown an outstanding commitment to discerning the mission of God through World Anglicanism, goes to Pearson Yoram Nhayo, of the Diocese of Ruaha.

    The Thomas Underwood Dudley Award for Reading and Scripture Liturgy, awarded to graduating students who, in the opinion of the faculty, have demonstrated excellence in the public reading and interpretation of the Scriptures and the Liturgy, is given to Marlene Forrest, of the Diocese of Virginia.

    Tthe recipient of the 2018 Susan Ford Chair, a gift of Susan Ford to a member of the graduating class who has exhibited a strong commitment to the community life and mission of the Seminary, was awarded to Kathleen Denise Walker, of the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

    The recipients of the Charles and Janet Harris Award, given each year to candidates for Holy Orders who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership ability, are Joseph Downing Thompson, Jr., Ph.D., from the Diocese of Missouri, and to Richard Christian Bauer, of the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

    The Doctoral Thesis Award is given to one graduating doctoral student who has written an exceptional thesis with clarity, depth, and boundedness that addresses a higher aim of Christian life, service, and leadership. During this ceremony, the Rev. James Larkin Pahl, Jr. was awarded the Doctoral Thesis Award for his thesis, “Community Backyard Relationship-Building: A Partnership between the Church, Government, and Local Stakeholders.”

    This year, VTS conferred The Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Canon Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, Esq., the Episcopal Church lay representative on the Anglican Consultative Council.

    Virginia Seminary also conferred the Degree of Doctor in Divinity, honoris causa, to the Rev. John Nelson Wall, Jr., Ph.D., professor of English Literature, North Carolina State University.

    For the eleventh year, the service was streamed live over the Internet through the VTS website.

    You can click here to watch the full service (begins at 12:30).

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    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.
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  • VTS Launches Building Dialogue

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    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) launches an international grant funded project, "Building Dialogue," with partners in West Africa, East Africa, and the Middle East.

    Dean and President of VTS, the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham Ph.D, said of the project, "Peace-building and reconciliation is a Gospel imperative. It is a priority for our Presiding Bishop and it is a priority for the Anglican Communion. Yet, it remains elusive. I am pleased, therefore, that our Center for Anglican Communion Studies has just launched this program. I am particularly delighted that the three international project managers are VTS alumni."

    The three-year collaboration between VTS and Cuttington University (Liberia); St. George’s College, Jerusalem; and Msalato Theological College (Tanzania) aims:

    1. To equip people for theologically informed leadership in contexts of conflict;
    2. To develop culturally diverse resources and strategies for peacemaking;
    3. To strengthen the capacity of partner institutions and their impact in the Communion.

    The work has received funding from Trinity Church Wall St (New York) and the project managers are all VTS alumni. Representing Msalato is the Rev. Ernest Ndahani (VTS '16), representing Cuttington is the Rev. Dr. Anne Fredericks Cooper (DMin ‘10) and from St. George's is the Rev. Dr. Susan Lukens (DMin ‘11). Ms. Hartley Wensing (CACS Director of Special Projects) is the project manager for VTS and the Rev. Dr. Robert Heaney (CACS Director) is the overall project manager.

    The leadership team met at VTS Tuesday May 8 and Wednesday May 9 to further their joint work and vision.





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    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.
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  • VTS to Host Second Evangelism Boot Camp May 31 - June 2

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    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), in partnership with 
    the Episcopal Church’s Offices of Evangelism and Reconciliation, is offering its second Evangelism Boot Camp, 

    This intensive training conference runs from May 31 through June 2. We welcome individuals and teams from congregations and dioceses who want to develop skills and practices of evangelism that is natural, rooted in relationship and person-to-person interest, and profoundly spiritual.

    Professor Gortner, Canon Spellers, and other leaders team up to focus on building strong habits for “Episcopal evangelism: Seeking, naming, and celebrating God’s goodness in stories from our lives and others’ lives, and inviting people to MORE.” The team will lead groups into neighborhoods in DC and northern Virginia to meet and interact with people. And the team will take participants even further by building basic skills for church planting, community engagement, faith and witness in the Public Square, and evangelism through social media.


    Let evangelism become part of your natural life. Find more information, registration details, and pricing here. Questions? Contact the Rev. Jon Musser.

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    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.
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  • April

    Markham and Hawkins co-author two-volume literary companion to the Lectionary, "Words That Listen"


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    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the publication of Words That Listen: A Literary Companion to the Lectionary, Volumes 1 and 2 (Church Publishing, 2018), written by the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. dean and president, and the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., co-chair of the Bicentennial Campaign.

    The great themes of faith are also the great themes of literature and the arts. As we come to terms with God, hope, faith, tragedy, guilt, fear, and love, so the poets, writers, musicians, and artists pick up the same themes, and their understanding can enrich and deepen our own. Words That Listen brings these two worlds together. For each gospel, Markham and Hawkins offer four connecting resource suggestion (e.g., a poem, extract from a novel, a film/television/sporting illustration), and/or a humorous story to illuminate, make connections, and spark new ways of looking at familiar stories. The suggestions for each Sunday include a brief summary and explanation of the extracts. A two-volume set. Volume 1 covers Advent to Ascension, Volume 2 Pentecost to end of Church Year.

    Markham became dean and president of VTS in 2007. With degrees from King's College London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Exeter, he is also the author of several major works including Engaging with Beduizzaman Said Nursi, An Introduction to Ministry: A Primer for Renewed Life and Leadership in Mainline Protestant Congregations, Lectionary Levity: The Use of Humor in Preaching and Reasonable Radical? Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy.

    Hawkins joined VTS in 2000. Before his appointment in 2017 as the co-chair of the Bicentennial Campaign, he was vice president for Institutional Advancement and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology. He has degrees from Furman University, Duke Divinity School, and Duke University. His publications include Staying One, Remaining Open: Education Leaders for a 21st Century Church; The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion; and From Ashes to Action: A Chapel Burns and a Seminary Rebuilds.

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    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.
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  • VTS Artifact Will be Featured Offering at Christie’s Antiquities Sale | Proceeds to Create New Scholarship Fund

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  • Global Mission Conference on April 11-13

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  • February

    Honoring Practical Theologians; Markham and Daniel co-edit a book on the writings of Martyn Percy

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    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the publication of Reasonable Radical? Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy (Pickwick Publications, 2018), edited by the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS, and Joshua Daniel, Ph.D. ('18) from the Diocese of Arkansas.
     
    One of the most interesting voices in the Academy and the Church today is the Very Rev. Martyn William Percy, B.A., M.Ed, Ph.D. Percy, the 45th Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and a leading voice in the Anglican Communion, is both theologically orthodox, yet deeply unconventional. While remaining engaged in the scholarly community, Percy writes with clarity and passion on topics that range from ecclesiology to music, from sexuality to the Trinity, from advertising to ministerial training—he is a polymath.

    “For those of us in theological education, the theologians focused on the practice of the church are vitally important," Markham explains. "Yet in the ruthless hierarchy of the academy, the pure theologians get all the attention and the practical theologians are too easily neglected.”

    Martyn Percy is a leading practical theologian; he is interested in the church as it is rather than the theoretical church. He brings social sciences together with ministry to create insights that can help congregational leadership. This is exactly what theological education needs; we need to train our seminarians so they understand congregations. Martyn Percy can help us train great seminarians.
     
    "This collection is therefore both timely and ambitious in its scope, insights, and humanity, and the balance is impressive and substantial," said Dr. Gareth Jones, a professor at the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. "It takes some courage to be so liberal in today’s Anglican Communion, but Percy’s work shows how relevant that struggle remains.”
      
    This book is two books in one. The first half contains a series of articles (written both by church leaders and academics) that serve as substantial, critical introductions to Percy’s thought. In the second half, the reader gets to hear from Percy himself in a collection of wide-ranging material from his corpus. While producing a dialectical engagement of some depth (as Percy offers written responses to his interlocutors), this volume should prove useful for a variety of communities beyond academic circles, especially ones engaged with contemporary issues facing ecclesiology, churches, and the wider Anglican Communion.
     
    Ian Markham became dean and president of VTS in 2007. With degrees from King's College London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Exeter, he is also the author of several major works including Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Ashgate, 2008), An Introduction to Ministry: A Primer for Renewed Life and Leadership in Mainline Protestant Congregations (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), Faith Rules (Church Publishing Inc., 2016), and most recently Lectionary Levity: The Use of Humor in Preaching (Church Publishing Inc., 2017).

    Joshua Daniel is a candidate for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Arkansas and a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary. He completed his Ph.D. on Wittgenstein and Religion at the University of Arkansas in 2015.
     
     
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    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.
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  • Markham and Sedgwick Contribute to the Little Books of Guidance series for Church Publishing

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    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the inclusion of the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS, and Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D., the Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics, in Church Publishing Inc.’s Little Books of Guidance series.
     
    The three chapters of Markham’s Why Suffering?: A Little Book of Guidance attempt to provide a gentle exploration of how we can respond to a complex issue that has baffled and bothered humanity throughout the ages: Why does a good, all-powerful, and loving God permit evil and suffering? The opening chapter examines the challenge in some depth, while the two additional chapters set forth a Christian response that is grounded in the disclosure of God in Christ on the cross.                                                                         

    Markham became dean and president of VTS in 2007. With degrees from King's College London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Exeter, he is also the author of several major works including Engaging with Beduizzaman Said Nursi (Ashgate, 2008), An Introduction to Ministry: A Primer for Renewed Life and Leadership in Mainline Protestant Congregations (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), Faith Rules (Church Publishing Inc., 2016), and most recently Lectionary Levity: The Use of Humor in Preaching (Church Publishing Inc., 2017).

    We think of holy people as spiritual seekers, but holiness is more than being in touch with the holy. What is holiness all about? What is wholeness of life? What are practices of love? What is spirituality all about? What is worship all about? Life, according to Sedgewick in What Does it Mean to Be Holy Whole?: A Little Book of Guidance, is not a series of experiences or a search for increasing novelty. Rather, there is a more fundamental desire to be whole which characterizes our human experience. This is what Christian faith is all about. It takes practice. It takes community. It takes time. It is a life of loss and love, lament, and joy. And, in short, this is what holiness is about: It is a way of life Christians call grace and salvation.

    Sedgwick has served as academic dean of VTS, where he has taught Christian ethics for more than two decades. Previously, he taught at Seabury Western Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books including Preaching What We Practice, with David Schlafer, (Morehouse, 2007), The Christian Moral Life (Eerdmans, 1999, Seabury, 2nd ed. 2008), and Sex, Moral Teaching, and the Unity of the Church: A Study of the Episcopal Church (Morehouse, 2014). He has served on numerous boards and agencies of the Episcopal Church and earned a doctorate from Vanderbilt University.

    Little Books of Guidance help the reader find answers to life's big questions. Concise, authoritative, and affordable, these books allow one to grasp the essentials in less than an hour. Aside from Markham and Sedgwick, other authors include Thomas G. Long, Keith Ward, and Rowan Williams.  There are currently eleven books in this series, with more scheduled to come this spring.
     
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    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.
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  • Three New Stained-Glass Windows dedicated by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

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    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Last night, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) welcomed to campus the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, where he presided over the evening Eucharist service and dedication of three new stained-glass windows in Immanuel Chapel.

    "It's good to be here!" said Bishop Curry, who also presented at a special lecture in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. later in the evening. "I had the opportunity to read Dean Markham's sermon about this Chrisoform church, shaped in the image of Jesus Christ, and these remarkable Trinitarian windows - and now, actually seeing them, I can actually see the incarnation."

    Designed by artist Brian Clarke, the three windows, feature symbols central to the Episcopal faith: a dove, oak leaves, and the parable of the sower stained-glass window in Canterbury Cathedral, the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

    "They are spectacular," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. "The dove, almost moving at high speed, hovers over the baptismal font on the west wing; the oak leaves, representing the Father, the genesis of all that is, sits dignified in the north transept; and the parable of the sower from Canterbury Cathedral as it is refracted by the light onto the ground of the Cathedral represents the power of the Incarnation mediated to us through Canterbury to the Episcopal Church in the United States."

    London-based artist, Brian Clarke, is a leading stained-glass artist, with a practice that extends to painting, sculpture, and mosaics. Taking the art of stained-glass out of churches and putting it everywhere, in office buildings, shopping malls, and conference centers, Clarke collaborates with many of the world’s most prominent architects to create large-scale glass installations for buildings worldwide.

    “I’m thrilled that the Seminary was able to commission three of the proposed series of stained glass panels by the remarkable English artist Brian Clarke,” said Robert A.M. Stern, of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, who designed the Seminary's Chapel. "They glow with life and more than complement our Immanuel Chapel.”

    Clarke has been featured in two BBC documentaries, and his stained-glass works and paintings have been the subject of exhibitions at international museums including the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan; Munich Stadtmuseum, Germany; the Centre International de Vitrail, Chartres, France; the Pyramid of Peace in Kazakhstan; the Pfizer building in Manhattan; and now VTS.
     
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    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.
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  • January

    Bishop Curry to Visit VTS on February 1

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    Media Contact: Curtis Prather
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    Email: cprather@vts.edu

    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
     
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    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.
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