Date: December 15, 2022
As the affiliation between General Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary takes shape, it is a joy to be in New York in December. New York is forever associated with Christmas. Lights are everywhere; Christmas trees are on sale; and there is a festive set of associations (courtesy of countless movies) that fills the air.
Social Media is full of speculation about the future of GTS. The Living Church painted a picture of an empty campus with limited opportunities. It is true that this is a season of reconstruction. We are rebuilding the Seminary. It is also true that at its heart is an imaginative MDiv where professors such as Bishop Rowan Williams and Brian McClaren are offering courses. And, in addition, it is also true that the goal is the recreation of community on this campus with a thriving chapel life and a residential community.
So, as the City anticipates Christmas; so GTS anticipates a rich and exciting future. We just need The Living Church to take notice.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham Ph.D.
Dean and President