Date: March 12, 2021
One interesting feature of this moment is what we learn about ourselves in the midst of this pandemic. How focused is our participation in a class or a meeting when we are on Zoom? How many of us are multi-tasking? Do we prefer being on Zoom for worship because we can do other things (like eat breakfast or even shower)? To what extent should the future permit Zoom options?
It was encouraging to hear President Biden express hope for a normal July 4. It will come quickly. Every adult should be eligible for the vaccine by May. So the Seminary is shifting focus in our discussions. In what ways will we be using Zoom in the future?
One decision that has already been made is that there will not be a Zoom option for classes in the Fall. Our teaching will be face-to-face. You will not be able to Zoom into a class. Naturally, we continue to monitor the trajectory and can adapt if necessary; but our presumption is that presence and proximity are a key part of formation at Virginia Theological Seminary.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President