• March

    March 2018

    Molly O'Brien
    One might think that after a large signature event like hosting a visit of the Presiding Bishop, the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) would take it easy for a few weeks. However, there are far too many impressive Communion leaders to connect with! For the whole month of February, CACS was hosting the Rev. Canon Dr. Rosemary Mbogo for a Communion Sabbatical. Then, as the rest of VTS was preparing for Spring Visit Weekend, CACS was also preparing for the visit of a second sabbatical guest, the Rt. Rev. Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, UK. Bp. Paul will be with us through the middle of March.

    During her visit, Canon Rosemary preached at a morning eucharist, held a lunchtime forum about the Anglican Church of Kenya, joined Bp. Paul Bayes for a joint forum on “Being World Anglicans.” In between these public appearances, she also connected with the Kenyan community in the greater DC area, preached at the church of VTS graduate Peter Gachira ’17, conversed with the VTS community over meals, and made time for her own research (it was a sabbatical, after all!).

    In addition to the joint forum with Canon Rosemary, Bp. Paul has preached at a morning eucharist, is scheduled to present at a lunch forum for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 7, and then gather with a smaller group for a dinner at the home of Robert and Sharon Heaney. Bp. Paul’s sabbatical is also dedicated to a book he is writing, and at the lunch forum on March 7, the VTS community will get a preview of one of the chapters.

    It is truly an honor for CACS to host these renowned Anglican scholars and practitioners during our 20th anniversary year. They have widened our understanding of the richness of the Anglican Communion and brought a lively spark to campus in this Lenten season when we’re all a little tired of winter and eagerly awaiting the signs of spring. Please join us in giving thanks for the presence and ministry of Canon Rosemary and Bishop Paul, and bless them on their journeys when they leave VTS and return to their communities.
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  • February

    February 2018

    Molly O'Brien
    The Center for Anglican Communion Studies is continuing our year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary. Our impact and our outlook are global, so it seemed fitting that the celebration should be as well. To that end, we have created a series of Communion Greetings videos in which we have invited our international students, alumni, friends, and partners to record a greeting and share a few words about what the Anglican Communion means to them. Those of you who attended the Mollegen Forum with the Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, had a chance to see the debut of the Communion Greetings video.

    As we welcome Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to campus on February 1 to speak about “Why the Episcopal Church Needs World Anglicanism,” (watch the lecture and panel discussion here), we invite you to watch the Communion Greetings video and ponder the question for yourselves, what does the Anglican Communion mean to you? If you want to engage others in that question, you have multiple opportunities to do so this month and throughout the semester! Have coffee with a classmate who spent all or part of January in another part of the world on a Cross Cultural Education Program (CCEP), sit down with an international student who brings their own rich experience of global Anglicanism, or sign up for the next of several Lunchtime Conversations with respected Communion leaders.

    In fact, one such leader is in our midst all month long. The Rev. Canon Rosemary Mbogo, Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Kenya, is here on a Communion Sabbatical hosted by CACS. Some of you may recognize her from when she was here in October to receive an honorary degree at Convocation, and we are blessed that she has been able to return to VTS for a longer stay.

    From mid-February to mid-March, we will also welcome Rt. Rev. Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, courtesy of a partnership between the Diocese of Liverpool and the Diocese of Virginia. Canon Rosemary and Bishop Paul’s visits will overlap, which means that we are able to bring both of their voices of experience together in a special Lunchtime Forum on February 20 on “Becoming World Anglicans.” (12:30-2:00, Gibbs Room). Please email CACS if you’d like to attend this event.

    In summary, we have many ways to reflect on and celebrate our role in the Anglican Communion this month, and we hope you will join us! Stay tuned for event announcements, and, if you haven’t already, “like” us on Facebook so we can get to 2,000 likes for our 20th anniversary!
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  • January

    January 2018

    Molly O'Brien
    Happy New Year from the Center for Anglican Communion Studies!

    The month of January always starts off with a great sense of anticipation of what is to come. For the seniors at Virginia Theological Seminary and other seminaries across the country, this comes in the form of the General Ordination Exams and facing the realization that they are almost done with seminary and will need to prepare for the next adventure into which God is calling them.

    For 25 other students, the start of the new year brings with it a different sort of adventure in the form of Cross-Cultural Educational Programs (CCEPs) that will send VTS seminarians and faculty to many corners of the globe to experience in a new way what God is up to in the world. Fourteen members of our community will take part in a Study Tour to the Holy Land hosted by St. George’s College, Jerusalem. Four students will embark on a CCEP that explores theologies and practices of reconciliation in the United Kingdom. They will visit Coventry Cathedral, the Corrymeela Center in Northern Ireland, the Anglican Communion Office and Lambeth Palace, and other sites. One student and one faculty member are traveling to the Dominican Republic, and nine students are immersing themselves in urban ministry in Washington, DC.

    These cross-cultural education programs are an important part of seminary formation and are meaningful far beyond the adventure of traveling or simply being in an unfamiliar context. These programs are important because they exemplify the type of experiential learning that cannot happen in a classroom alone, because we believe that through such experiences students can gain a deeper sense of what it means to discern the presence and mission of God in the world.

    So, this month, please join the Center for Anglican Communion Studies in praying for all members of the VTS community who are participating in Cross-Cultural Education Programs, whether they are across the Potomac River in Washington, DC, or across the ocean in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Latin America. May they be enriched by the experience and energized for future adventures in ministry.
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