FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alexandria, Va. – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced today the release of a new commemorative publication – From Ashes to Action: A Chapel Burns and a Seminary Rebuilds.
From Ashes to Action was edited by the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary; the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., vice president for Institutional Advancement; and Mr. Curtis W. Prather, director of communications. The book is a 150-page document of the past three years.
With hundreds of photographs and text, From Ashes to Action captures the history and trauma of losing the 129-year-old chapel to fire in 2010, up through the bold decisions that led VTS towards raising more than $14 million for a new home of worship. A narrative filled with grace emerges, thanks to contributors that include faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.
“The primary purpose of this book is to express our gratitude to all those involved in this moment,” said Markham. “Primarily we want to thank our supporters for the remarkable support of the Chapel for the Ages Capital Campaign. This narrative is their narrative. We give thanks to God for our remarkable staff, students, faculty, alums, friends, congregations and dioceses who stepped forward to make our future hopeful and grace filled.”
From Ashes to Action: A Chapel Burns and a Seminary Rebuilds is being mailed to all donors of the Chapel for the Ages capital campaign. Additional copies will be available for sale in the Seminary’s Welcome Center.
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.