Date: February 16, 2021
Today I want to draw your attention to the offering from the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. The Center is hosting a webinar-conversation with Father Michael Lapsley, whom some of you may know from his active and storied role in protesting apartheid. The webinar begins at 12:45 p.m. and you can view it on the CACS Facebook page or on the VTS YouTube channel.
Fr. Lapsley is an Anglican priest and chaplain from South Africa and has worked tirelessly against social injustices, with which he is intimately aware. Having been brutally attacked himself for speaking out against apartheid, Fr. Lapsley subsequently pastored victims of violence and torture in Capetown, South Africa, and more recently has founded the Institute for the Healing of Memories. His story really is a remarkable one, and if you would like a deeper look at his life and his mission, you might watch this brief documentary and interview here.
Our own professor of theology and liturgy, Dr. James Farwell, will host the webinar with the Rev. Canon Melanie Mullen ’12, Episcopal Church Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care, moderating and the Rev. Maurice Dyer ’19, former volunteer at the Institute for Healing of Memories, joining as a panelist.
In all, this upcoming webinar promises to be moving, informative, and stirring. Given CACS’ 2020-2021 theme, “The Anglican Communion: A Movement for Justice?”, we can do well to attend to stories like these. The question mark bears emphasis as well. In hearing stories like Fr. Lapsley’s, we are invited to take up the very question of our justice, and Anglicanism’s role in reform and compassion.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President