Date: January 26, 2023
Our tour around the country where we are marking the moment of our historic Bicentenary continues. We are now in Los Angeles. It is always a lovely occasion. We gather. We enjoy fellowship. We have a short program, where we see the results of the $62 million capital campaign; we admire the slides of a renovated campus. We then learn about program and opportunities for learning in the present. And we have a liturgy that recognizes the sin and grace of the past and prays for a future that is committed to inclusion.
I love these occasions. Every student who learns at a Seminary becomes part of a tradition which is connected to that Seminary. As a student join the Hybrid MDiv residence at GTS, this student is also joining a tradition. They are building their own connection with a Seminary that is over two hundred years.
Students now will be participating in a liturgy in the future that connects them with their Seminary. This is the gift of one’s formation at a Seminary.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and President of General Theological Seminary