January 2022 Anglican Commentary: CACS Director the Rev. Dr. Katherine Grieb ’83 Reflects on Upcoming Events for Spring 2022

What an exciting time to be a part of VTS, with wonderful Bicentennial events on the horizon, the book by the Rev. Dr. William Sachs and Dr. Wanjiru Gitau on the history of mission at VTS in process, and remarkable CACS events lined up for this coming spring. Our work at CACS, which will be twenty-five years old in the fall of 2022, continues a long, sustained, and deliberate commitment on the part of Virginia Theological Seminary to the Anglican Communion and its member Churches. Many of these churches are connected to us in one way or another, with deep roots and flowering branches of person to person relationships through many decades since the mid-1800s. It is a real privilege to be involved in work that matters so much, and matters more than ever in our complex world.

The Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) at VTS continues our theme for the 2021-2022 Year, “The Anglican Communion and Latin America” with a variety of programs, all in-person and most online as well, and interpreted into Spanish. The evening of February 17, the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, former Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church will preside at Eucharist and speak on “Mary and the Communion of Saints.” Bishop Griswold’s reflections will pick up on the ecumenical aspect of CACS, in conversation with Roman Catholic and Orthodox understandings of Mary. The Rev. Canon David Ulloa Chavez, Canon for Border Ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, will address us on the evening of February 23 on “Immigration and Border Ministries,” based on his own experiences and those of others along the Arizona border with Mexico. The Rev. Dr. Herman Browne, our Communion Sabbatical Visitor during March, will speak to us about “The Anglican Church in Liberia” on the evening of March 9. From 1996 to 2001, he served as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Senior Advisor on Anglican Communion Affairs. On March 22, CACS will host a lunchtime Forum on “The Doctrine of Sanctuary and Current Immigration Law” with the Rev. Dr. Luis Barrios, Professor of Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Latin American & Latina/o Studies at SUNY and Priest-in-Charge, Iglesia Santa Cruz, New York City. Dr. Barrios will provide practical information for church leaders who wish to support and advocate for undocumented immigrants. The following evening, March 23, CACS will show the 1989 film “Romero” with Raul Julia, on the eve of the commemoration of Archbishop Romero’s martyrdom. We will also be excited to welcome back to VTS, from the Church of Pakistan, Executive Director of Women’s Development and Service Society, Mrs. Alice Garrick, to speak about the work of The Church of Pakistan (United) to protect women and girls. Finally, on April 28, CACS and Virginia Theological Seminary as a whole, will welcome The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England as the Albert T. Mollegen Forum speaker. Archbishop Welby will also preside at the Thursday evening Eucharist.

All in all, it promises to be quite a spring! Join us in person or online for as much of it as you can. Follow us on Facebook for more details on all of these events. We would love to share them with YOU!

The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D. ’83
Director, Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS)
Emerita Professor of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament

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