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Teaching in COVID Times

Date: February 5, 2021

We come to the end of the first full week of classes. The campus is taking on the feel of our semi-COVID normality. Students are chatting in the Flamingo; the Refectory is providing meals. Everyone is being responsible as they await their PCR COVID test results. Yesterday the sun came out creating a blue sky to contrast with the snowy campus. For all the continuing strangeness, it was a lovely day.

Dr. Kris Norris and I started teaching our class. Forty-five students, split almost evenly between zoom and in-class presence, started the journey from the settlement at Jamestown to the present. Everyone was physically distanced; everyone wore masks. As Kris and I taught the class, we felt that it was a safe setting to be in.

As a Seminary we are working hard to create an environment where we can continue to teach and form human lives to serve the Gospel. For many of our seminarians, this prolonged pandemic is becoming their majority experience of Seminary. It is far from ideal, but the Faculty are determined to do everything we can to make it effective. God will use this time: God will make a difference.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.

Dean and President

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