Date: September 27, 2021
Last week, I had supper with two friends of the Seminary. Founders of “Grace-Based Films,” they were here to do some filming for a movie on “The Case for Love.” Brian Ide and Steve Fleenor had been staying in our guest housing. We had supper in 1823, and then we went for a tour of the campus.
We visited Bicentennial Hall and marveled at the connection with the Assyrian reliefs that are over 3000 years old. We visited the Chapel, appreciated the Brian Clarke stained glass windows, and enjoyed the space, with that delightful icon hidden away in the corner with a flock of candle birds taking our prayers to God.
I wish I had taken them to the Saints & Stories wall. It is there, perhaps more than anywhere, where you learn the history of the school. I do think the video of my predecessor telling the story of the Holy Life policy is extraordinary. The rich textured narrative about the past – from slavery to reparation, from mission to service – is told in detail. And it is elegant and beautiful. So please, when you have a guest here on campus, do show them everything you can, including the Saints & Stories wall.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President