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The gift of silence

Date: December 14, 2023

Yesterday was the last service of the semester. It was a Wednesday community Eucharist. And our two professors of liturgy were prominent in the service. The Rev. Dr. Shawn Strout preached a thoughtful sermon about “pondering” and “living with the unknowable questions” in a place of thoughtful deliberation before God. And then the Rev. Dr. James Farwell, very appropriately, allowed an extended silence at the end of the sermon.

I found myself feeding on the silence in prayer. Noise is exhausting. Allowing an extended pause in the liturgy was a gift. The message of the sermon was given the space to become real.

It was a lovely way to finish the semester in terms of corporate worship. And it was especially lovely having the service led by Shawn and James. Thank you to you both.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of The General Theological Seminary

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