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Launch of our Bicentennial Hymn

Date: February 1, 2021

Yesterday as snow fell over the campus, I took the opportunity to view the interview between Dr. Marty Burnett and the Very Rev. J. Michael A. Wright, the Rector of Grace Church Cathedral, in Charleston, SC. Michael Wright is an accomplished hymn writer. To mark our Bicentennial, we commissioned him to write us a hymn. Today at the start of the semester service, we will have the premiere performance of the hymn.

As I watched the interview, I appreciated so much his emphasis on place. This snow-covered campus is a special place. It is a thin space, to use that lovely Celtic expression, where heaven and earth meet. It is a holy hill. And then he links the theme of place and hills by picking up several biblical allusions.

So whatever time it is and regardless of where you are, you can now watch the start of the semester service at 8.15 a.m. from the front page of our website. You will see the faculty as if it were a procession; you will hear the Word preached, and you will join the community in celebrating this place through the launch of the Bicentennial hymn.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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