Date: March 30, 2021
The famous Cherry Blossoms are flooding the Nation’s Capital Tidal Basin with plenty of spring color. The warmer temperatures are beginning to set into our area. Bright skies and warmer breezes invite us to get out and enjoy nature. I hope that in between studying and attending classes online, you will take time to take a walk or sit under a tree on the grove. My hope is that wherever you are emotionally, mentally, and spiritually during this pandemic, you know that you are not alone.
The administration and your faculty members are rooting for you to press onward. You have our heartfelt support. There have been many unanticipated changes on our campus in such a short period of time that have completely shifted our daily routines, upended our lives, and disrupted our sense of what is typical or “normal” seminary life. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of depression that could lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D., dean of students. She will keep the matter completely confidential.
With the semester soon coming to a close, let us remain hopeful that one day you will look back on this time with great compassion and theological reflection for all that you have endured during this time of national crisis.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President