Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Date: October 27, 2020

As soon as the latest issue of Virginia Theological Seminary Magazine appeared, the emails started coming in. On page 29, right next to a remarkable article entitled “Quartet for the End of Time,” there is an announcement. It reads: “The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D. ’83 will be retiring from the faculty on December 31, 2020. We are delighted she has agreed to become the director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies starting on July 1, 2021, for three years. She will continue to teach students and bring her wisdom and insight to the community.” It is lovely that this is a shift of role for Kathy rather than a retirement where she moves on from VTS. But this is a moment that should be recognized. On a personal note, let me say that Kathy is a complete delight. She is funny; so often, she makes me smile and laugh. She is thoughtful, and often her views are unexpected and distinctive. She is a priest who takes her responsibilities – in terms of liturgical leadership and lifestyle – deeply seriously. We share a love of books. Talking of books, I think her book on Romans is a classic; and it is not surprising that she has a key role in the Society of Biblical Literature on Pauline soteriology; as a scholar, she has shaped and will continue to shape her field. On the occasions I get the chance to hear her lecture, I always learn something new. She has shaped my own worldview in important ways; and I am sure this is true of countless seminarians across the many years she has been at VTS. I am pleased this is not a departure, but a new role. She has numerous connections around the Communion. We are excited about her willingness to play this important leadership role. Thank you, Kathy.  The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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