May 2024 Anglican Commentary: Maxine King, M. Div. Class of ’24

May 2024 Anglican Commentary

One of the great joys of my VTS education has been the wonderful opportunities to connect with visitors from all over the Anglican Communion. In this last month of my time in Alexandria, I was again fortunate to meet, pray with, and learn from another Anglican visitor: David Monteith, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.

Dean Monteith answered questions and gave informal remarks at the annual dinner for the Companions of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and preached at our Wednesday morning Eucharist. As Dean of Canterbury, Dean Monteith occupies a strange sort of position in his role as a leader of a particular local congregation that has such a communion-wide significance (a significance undergoing some controversy and contestation at the moment!). We were privileged to hear of both these local and global considerations and how Dean Monteith ministers in each of these overlapping contexts.

And even if the relation between the local and wider communion is a bit more explicit in the case of the work of the Dean of Canterbury, our local work and ministry could stand to be reminded of this vital connection. No matter how local and merely parochial our ministries might seem, they are intimately and inherently knit within the entire communion of Anglicans and of all the saints. Just this is the autonomous interdependence that characterizes our Communion.

It is always a great joy that no matter how short a visit, these visitors almost always participate in the peculiar rhythms of our seminary life. Pithily summed up as “Class, Chapel, Lunch,” it names our intention to learn together, worship together, and eat together. And though this tripartite rule sums up the particular commitment we make to each other as a seminary community, the visitors who join us remind us that such a commitment exists between all Anglicans and all Christians. We commit to learning with and from each other; we commit to praying for and with one another; and we commit to fellowship with and materially caring for one another.

The gift of the Anglican Communion, the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, and Dean Monteith’s visit is that they all make this commitment to walking together visible and tangible. May we never forget it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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