Category: Dean’s Commentary

DMin Students Present Project Thesis Proposals

Next week in our doctoral programs, students in their final summer residency present their project thesis proposals for approval by VTS faculty. For their theses, students envision and carry out an act of ministry in their context that seeks to transform that place, to make it holier. They then put the results of that action […]

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Annual Reinicker Lecture Returns

I am so happy to announce that this year, after a pandemic-related hiatus, the annual Reinicker Lecture is coming back! This is truly one of my favorite events of the year, and I hope that we can get a good turnout from as many members of the Seminary community as possible. This year’s lecturer is […]

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The Doctoral Program and the Seminary Community

One of the many things that I think makes VTS’ doctoral program’s special, compared to similar programs, is how integrated it is into the full life of the Seminary. We don’t rely on outside adjuncts to do the majority of our teaching; instead VTS’ residential faculty and senior lecturers teach the majority of our classes. […]

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Join Us for Summer Worship Services

During the doctoral summer intensive, we will have worship Monday through Thursday shortly after noon — at 12:05 p.m. — after morning classes have ended. All members of the VTS community are welcome to join us by way of VTS’s YouTube channel. This offers a wonderful way to focus our attention on God’s grace and […]

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Welcome VTS Doctoral Students

Our doctoral students are remarkable people. All of them are fully engaged in full-time ministry. They serve the church as parish priests, school chaplains, hospital chaplains, and in many other ministries. Amid these demanding schedules, they carve out time for the demands of doctoral work. The juggling act of their day-to-day lives is very impressive: […]

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Faculty Work Over the Summer

With spring semester grades recorded, the work of the faculty follows different rhythms in the summer. Some faculty are busy with academic programing. The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program, under the leadership of Ross Kane will welcome 30 students to the 2021 summer session, (June 21-July 9). The students will have classes in the morning […]

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The Challenges of Teaching

Teaching is hard work.  Under normal circumstances, a seasoned teacher will spend a significant amount of time designing, planning, and preparing lectures for a course.  This spring, the Virginia Theological Seminary faculty completed an entire year of online teaching. We navigated digital platforms and online office hours. We learned about lighting, microphones, and ideal backgrounds. […]

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The Buildings of Virginia Theological Seminary

The buildings on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary tell a story, an old and historic one.  Some buildings go back to the Civil War and others well before that, to the 1700s. The story they tell is not always an easy one. Parts of our campus were built with slave labor. Our history is […]

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The Butterfly House: Community in Formation

The work of formation at Virginia Theological Seminary takes place in community. For some families, that community includes The Butterfly House. For families of preschool children, before there is “class, chapel, lunch,” there is The Butterfly House. For over thirty years, Seminary families have had the convenience of quality child care for children ages 6 […]

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Seminary Archives & AAEHC

Summer is a great time to explore the Seminary campus. Last week I paid a visit to the lower level of Bohlen Hall, the temporary location of the Virginia Theological Seminary Archives and the African American Episcopal Historical Collection, (AAEHC). The Archives, previously housed in the lower level of the Bishop Payne Library, include campus […]

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