Friday, March 1, 2013

Celebrating preaching and celebrating the work of the lay are important parts of the Seminary's identity.  So today, I wish to announce and celebrate two important awards.

Starting with the preacher. One of the hardest sermons to preach is one that makes social justice central.  And the task becomes even harder when one decides to lift up the issues of Thomas Jefferson and slavery.  So I am delighted to announce that the Rev. Catherine D. Hicks, the Rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Port Royal, VA, is the recipient of the 2013 John Hines Preaching Award.  This is an impressive and brave sermon; it will I am sure become a model for others interested in such preaching.

Turning now to the recognition of living our baptismal vows, I am delighted to announce that Mr. G. Gates De Hart, III is the recipent of the 2013 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award.  Mr. DeHart is a retired school teacher, who has helped the homeless and founded the Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Roanoke Valley.  He worships at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roanoke, VA.

It is my honor to express the Seminary's warmest congratulations to both Rev. Catherine Hicks and Mr. Gates DeHart. 

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President