Date: March 18, 2022
On Wednesday, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed. The Board of Virginia Theological Seminary voted in February to approve the process of executing a MOU which will lead, God willing, to a “definitive agreement.” This officially starts the process of developing the GTS and VTS partnership. The goal is simple: We aspire to serve God and the Church more effectively by drawing on the legacy and experience of this remarkable Seminary in New York – the General Theological Seminary.
The next steps are as follows: a working party will work on a “definitive agreement” which will go through the Board in May. And in July, a motion will come before the General Convention to enable General Theological Seminary to enter into an agreement with Virginia Theological Seminary.
There is much to explore. This is both complicated and exciting. Over the next few months, we will be inviting different departments to reflect on the possibilities and challenges of such a relationship. Watch this space for continuing news as the relationship develops.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President