Date: October 30, 2020
The visibility and impact of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies is greater than it has ever been.
As director of the Center, the Rev. Dr. Robert Heaney has been at the heart of the preparations for the Lambeth conference. Anglican Communion Scholars have come from every part of the globe, for example, from Brazil, Cuba, El Salvador, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Pakistan, South Sudan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The sheer number of publications that have appeared is remarkable. From Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice (2016) to The Promise of Anglicanism (SCM 2019) and God’s Church for God’s World: A Practical Approach to Partnership in Mission (2020), these high quality texts have extended the reach and impact of the Center. The consultations have been a highlight; from Senator George Mitchell to Secretary Madeline Albright, the campus has been graced by walking history. Dr. Heaney has determined that the time is now right to focus primarily on teaching, research, and writing. His genius for organization and connection will be missed. We are deeply grateful for all that he has done. We are pleased that, as Professor of Theology and Mission, he is continuing to be part of the Faculty at VTS; and we are looking forward to his continuing contributions to the Seminary as a scholar, teacher, and priest. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President