CAC Studies

The Center for Anglican Communion Studies

“The Center for Anglican Communion Studies is particularly well placed to provide hospitality to the Communion, to develop accessible resources for World Anglicanism, and to lead in practices of reconciliation across cultural, religious, and theological differences.”

The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury

Equipping International Community Empowering Intercultural Leaders Enriching Episcopal-Anglican Identity

For 200 years, Virginia Theological Seminary has been at the forefront of international Anglican witness and education. The Center for Anglican Communion Studies is an integral part of that witness making available scholars and scholarship in the service of a reconciling intercultural Anglicanism.

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Equipping International Community

We equip the international community of Anglicans and Episcopalians by hosting conferences, providing consultations, and supporting partnerships
and projects with churches and theological institutions.

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“Virginia Theological Seminary’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies is a unique place that is involved in shaping a Jesus movement deeply engaged in and related to World Anglicanism.”

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

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Empowering Intercultural Leaders

We empower intercultural leaders through Cross-Cultural Education Programs (CCEPs) that encourage seminarians to deepen their formation through short-term international experiences.

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“Virginia Theological Seminary’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies is a unique place that is involved in shaping a Jesus movement deeply engaged in and related to World Anglicanism.”

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

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Enriching Episcopal-Anglican Identity

We enrich Episcopal-Anglican Identity by highlighting diverse expressions of World Anglicanism within the broad context of ecumenical witness and interreligious plurality. We provide teaching, speakers, and resources on religious identity and history.

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Cross-Cultural Education Programs

Being a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary means joining a community and story that across centuries but also reaches out across the world and into the Anglican Communion. VTS offers a context and an education that is ecumenical, international and cross-cultural. VTS exists to form leaders for the Church, to provide continuing theological education for all and to serve the World Church and Anglican Communion.

VTS requires all candidates for the M.Div. degree to take at least three credit hours in the Department of Global Christianity and Mission (GCM). Students can fulfill these credits hours in a traditional classroom setting or through a CCEP which is a combination of both VTS classroom work and work done beyond the VTS classroom. That is to say, a CCEP is a combination of a Study Tour, Immersion, World Mission Internship, Independent Study or Semester Abroad and GCM 710 (Crossing Cultures Well: CCEP Preparation, Reflection, Integration). CCEPs give students a unique opportunity to gain new perspectives through experiencing new contexts, new cultures, new voices and new friendships. Generous funding is available for many of these CCEPs. Do take the opportunity that a VTS education offers you to enlarge your world and deepen your formation.

The Center for Anglican Communion Studies: A Short History

For almost 25 years, CACS has been a house for research and hospitality across the Anglican Communion.

The idea of CACS was first explored in the early 1990s by then Dean and President, the Very Rev. Richard Reid, Ph.D., with the intent of creating an institution to encourage reflection on World Anglicanism. Not until 1997, however, was CACS officially established. Within its first years CACS hosted visits from leaders from around the Communion. In 2007, the Rev. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D. was named director and CACS became more active in academic reflection. In 2013 under Dr. Hawkins’ leadership, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion was published.

In 2013 Dr. Hawkins was succeeded by the Rev. Robert Heaney, Ph.D. who served as Director until 2021. I. The Center published Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice (Morehouse) in 2016 and God’s Church for God’s World (Church Publishing) in 2020.

Beginning in January 2021 the Center was led for six months by VTS Dean and President, the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., during which time he and incoming Director, the Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D., moderated a three-day virtual sabbatical for Archbishop Justin Welby. In July 2021, Dr. Grieb, Professor Emerita of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament, became Director and launched a year-long focus on the Anglican Communion and Latin America.

Meet the Director

The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D. became the Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) on July 1, 2021. She has served the Anglican Communion for some twenty years in many roles, on the of Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission (IATDC) and the Inter-Anglican Standing Committee on Unity, Faith, and Order (IASCUFO), among others.

Dr. Grieb received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion at Hollins University, a J.D. from Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, an M.Div. at Virginia Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. with Distinction in Theology at Yale University, and an LL.M. in Canon Law at Cardiff University in Wales.

She taught full-time at Virginia Theological Seminary as Professor of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament from 1994 to 2021 and continues to teach part-time. She is teaching Biblical Greek in 2021-22 and will teach New Testament Interpretation in 2022-23.

Her book, The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defense of God’s Righteousness (Westminster John Knox, 2002) is widely used in seminaries. Dr. Grieb is one of the Six Preachers, chosen by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral. She has written extensively about preaching and has preached at Episcopal parishes in the United States and at Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral. For more on Dr. Grieb, read here.

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