Date: February 15, 2023
Lifestyle matters. There is a fundamental Christian obligation to be thoughtful and informed about healthy patterns of living and behavior. A key area is the world of addiction. Understanding for ourselves the importance of the risk and appropriate treatment for addiction is important.
In particular, education around alcohol is especially important. We need to be a tradition that welcomes persons in recovery; and we need both VTS and GTS to encourage responsible drinking. At VTS, I do encourage a range of non-alcoholic beverages to be served in 1823. We should have events at which no alcohol is served (such as, Deanery evenings).
For those at VTS, there is a program tonight that I encourage you to attend. Tonight in Room 211 in the Addison Building, there will be an opportunity to learn more about the nature of addiction and our responsibilities as Christian leaders.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and President of General Theological Seminary