Date: October 10, 2023
Our four days of marking our Historic Bicentenary begin tomorrow. We have themed each day. We start on Wednesday with a focus on the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC). This significant partner seeks to honor the witness and legacy of African Americans in The Episcopal Church. As we reflect on our two hundred years, this act of “remembrance” – not simply through the AAEHC but also our Reparations Program – is an essential part of this moment.
On Thursday, the focus is on our alumni. This occasion is also their reunion. We will learn about William Channing Moore and his 19th century work in Japan. And in the evening, we will have the reunion dinners.
On Friday, the focus is on friends, family, and community. This is the day of games and connections; there is even an opportunity to come to church with your dog for a Eucharist. And on Saturday, we have the formal Eucharist for our Historic Bicentenary.
I look forward to sharing this time with you.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary & President of The General Theological Seminary