The joys of teaching with Dr. Robert Heaney

Date: March 6, 2024

One joy of team teaching with a colleague is that one learns a great deal. I become a student again. This semester I am co-teaching “Contemporary Witness of the Church” with the Rev. Dr. Robert Heaney. One feature of Dr. Heaney’s teaching that I really appreciate is his commitment to present to students distinctive theologies emerging from contexts beyond the Euro-American streams. Last week, Dr. Heaney was lecturing on Christology and the Trinity. On Christology, he set out in appropriate detail the view of Teresia Mbari Hinga; and on the Trinity, he explored the theological commitments of Charles Nyamiti.

One joy of Dr. Heaney’s focus on African theologians is that the discussion that followed was led by our international students. Reflections from Ghana and South Africa were offered. The whole teaching experience was so much richer.

The faculty has a policy of requiring professors to use a wide range of sources. Dr. Heaney provides a commendable model of this. I enjoy the lectures: I am sure the students did as well.

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

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