Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Date: September 9, 2020

Back in the 1990s, there was a national capital campaign to create funds to support the Episcopal Church. And out of those funds came the Conant Grants, which fund faculty research. The awards made to the Seminary were announced by the national church at the end of the last week. They are an impressive array of important projects. The list of faculty members who received Conant Grants is as follows:

  • Sharon E. Heaney, Ph.D., Virginia Theological Seminary; Towards an Understanding of Latino/a Theological Reflection in the United States of America – Application and Implications for Ministry Course Curriculum Design and Development Book Proposal; $5,500.
  • The Rev. Robert Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil., Virginia Theological Seminary; Theologizing History: Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Politics & Grace; $14,682.
  • The Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., Virginia Theological Seminary; “Effacing Power: Ancient Damage to Three Reliefs of Ashurnasirpal”; $9,725.
  • The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes, Virginia Theological Seminary; The Re-formation: Building a Model for Collaboration and Mutual Support Between Local Schools of Ministry and Episcopal Seminaries; $9,750.
  • Hannah Matis, Ph.D., Virginia Theological Seminary; An Introduction to a Women’s History of Christianity; $3,000.

These are important projects. Some of these funds are supporting a sabbatical; others are running parallel with existing duties. As I look at the projects listed here, I do marvel. These projects will make a difference to the future of the Seminary, the future of the Church, and the future of the academy.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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