Saying Farewell to People and Places

Key Hall has been a delightful home for the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) and, more recently, the Department of Lifelong Learning. We have grown to love the historic building with its elegant arches and ladder-accessible balconies. It has been home to a large portion of the Seminary’s circulating collection of books on Christian formation, teaching, the history of education, and human development. We’ve had a cozy children’s section beside a fireplace and regularly hosted classes from The Butterfly House for story time. As technologies and resource center usage have changed, the CMT has adapted and become known for its accessible digital resources and as a trusted partner training leaders in the faithful use of digital media for ministry. With that, Key Hall has become an innovation hub, generating new initiatives and online consultations.

Key Hall has been a delightful home for the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) and, more recently, the Department of Lifelong Learning. We have grown to love the historic building with its elegant arches and ladder-accessible balconies. It has been home to a large portion of the Seminary’s circulating collection of books on Christian formation, teaching, the history of education, and human development. We’ve had a cozy children’s section beside a fireplace and regularly hosted classes from The Butterfly House for story time. As technologies and resource center usage have changed, the CMT has adapted and become known for its accessible digital resources and as a trusted partner training leaders in the faithful use of digital media for ministry. With that, Key Hall has become an innovation hub, generating new initiatives and online consultations. In response to the November 2017 VTS Board of Trustees decision to transform Key Hall into a meeting and teaching space to accommodate the Seminary’s Assyrian Relief, Lifelong Learning will move into the Addison Academic Center. The Seminary is planning to make a $9 million investment into that building to create a magnificent 21st-century learning environment, and we look forward to occupying our new purpose-built space. Our mission: to equip lay and clergy leaders to make disciples will not change but our digs will! Students and visitors will be able to pick up a coffee from the Flamingo as they enter our bright, new Lifelong Learning Center and think about their formation as educators for the church. We will be located at the heart of the campus.  In preparation for the Key Hall renovation later this year and until the Addison renovation project is complete, Lifelong Learning is moving into temporary facilities. Our interim home will be the former Bohlen Classroom. Preparations for this move, including a comprehensive audit of our resource library, are well underway and it is time to mark this transition publicly. Please join us for a Festive Farewell to Key Hall and to our longtime Associate for Faith and Media, Matthew Kozlowski, Monday, June 4, 3:00 p.m. Endings are never easy, but they are always better when shared and celebrated in community. Share your greeting via Zoom!

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