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Virginia Theological Seminary Newsletter , June 2010

Virginia Theological Seminary Newsletter , June 2010

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News from the Hill
Alexandria, VA June 2010

Includes: The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee: Portrait of a Leader; PFLAG Honors VTS; Commencement Photos; Article: "Welcome to the Family"; Message from the Dean; Article: "The Future of Our Church: Hope Through a Difficult Season."
News from the Hill
Alexandria, VA June 2010

Includes: The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee: Portrait of a Leader; PFLAG Honors VTS; Commencement Photos; Article: "Welcome to the Family"; Message from the Dean; Article: "The Future of Our Church: Hope Through a Difficult Season."

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News from the Hill
Alexandria, VAJune 2010
News from the Hill
 The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee:Portrait of a Leader  The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee: Portrait of a Leader 
PFLAG Honors VTS 5
Commencement Photos 6Welcome to the Family 17
t is very easy to despair about theological education and the Episcopal Church.We imagine that we are up against unstoppable sociological forces. We have allheard about the growing evangelical megachurch and that the mainline denomi-nations are declining - indeed, many talk about our post-denominational age. Someare claiming that the Episcopal Church is losing 100 members a day; inevitably, it issad to see some congregations leave the Episcopal Church over the issue of humansexuality.One joy of being on the Holy Hill is that the world looks very dierent. The Refec-tory is full of twenty-somethings who have given their lives to Christ and are readyand willing to serve; the mature student is now the leven in the loaf rather than, aswas the case some years ago, the entire loaf; and students of color are now a signicant presence.Talk of “Emergent Church” is heard around the campus. Talented students who have lots ofcareer options are choosing to train for the Episcopal Church.These students are not persuaded by the prophets of doom. And they are right not to be. Onemystery of the 1990s is why the Episcopal Church proved so resilient, while other mainline de-nominations were struggling. C. Kirk Hadaway points out that,“Cumulative average aendancegrew by 6,823 persons from 1991 to 2002—a gain that would have been much larger without thedecline of 11,926 in aendance during 2002” (C. Kirk Hadaway,
Is the Episcopal Church Growing[or Declining]?
at www.culcanhammer.org.) The point is that there is nothing inevitable aboutdecline. There are many illustrations of congregations learning, growing, and making availablethe rich resources of the Anglican liturgical tradition.At Virginia Theological Seminary, we are working hard to produce graduates that can make adierence to the strength and vitality of the Episcopal Church. They have all learned a biblicallanguage and have beneted from our department of ve Faculty in Bible. At the same time, theyhave all learned how to reect theologically on human experience, be pastorally present, and tomanage a congregation. Many of them have spent time overseas learning about the Communionfrom Anglicans in places as far apart as Tanzania and Jerusalem. All have learned that living withdisagreement is part of the Anglican way and all have learned that spending time with God on adaily basis is an imperative that ensures faithful living.The future can be dierent from the immediate past. This di cult season will pass. There arestudents coming out of Virginia Theological Seminary ready to take advantage of the opportu-nities, which will arise. Please support this Seminary - these men and women who are givingthemselves to the journey of service for the Episcopal Church - with your prayers and your gis.We need this support to make a dierence to the Church that we love.
The Future of Our Church:
Hope Through a Difficult Season
Message from the DeanNews from the Hill · June 2010
News from the Hill
is published three times per year (March, June, and December) for alumni and friends by the Oce of Public Aairs, Virginia Theological Seminary,3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304. Editorial comments should be directed toeditor@vts.edu.
On the Cover
: The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, retired bishop of Virginia and former chairman of the Board of Trustees at Virginia Seminary, at the unveiling of his portrait by North Carolina artist, Richard Fennell. (Photo: Susan Shillinglaw)
Campus Shots
News from the Hill · www.vts.edu
Virginia Theological Seminary
The Rt. Rev. James J. ShandChairman of the BoardMs. Sissy PolandVice Chairman of the BoardThe Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.Dean and PresidentMr. Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D.Vice PresidentThe Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D.Vice PresidentMs. Heather ZdancewiczVice President, Assistant Treasurer &Assistant SecretaryDr. David H. CharltonSecretary/Treasurer 
The Rt. Rev. James J. ShandMrs. Auguste J. Bannard (2011)David B. Beers, Esq. (2015)Ms. Ana-Mita Betancourt (2015)Mr. Julian M. Bivins, Jr. (2012)The Rev. Catherine M. Campbell (2014)The Rt. Rev. John Bryson ChaneDr. David H. Charlton (2011)The Rev. Canon Thomas G. Clarke (2012)The Rev. Dr. Harold J. Cobb, Jr. (2013)The Rev. Carlotta A. Cochran (2014)Dr. Lynwood D. I. Day (2013)Mr. W. Carter Doswell (2013)Mr. A. Hugh Ewing III (2013)Mrs. Martha W. High (2014)The Rt. Rev. Herman Hollerith IVMs. Elizabeth Cabell Jennings, CFA (2014)The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. JohnstonThe Rev. R. Kevin Kelly (2013)The Rt. Rev. William (Mike) Michie Klusmeyer The Rev. Thomas M. Kryder-Reid (2012)The Rev. Thomas A. Lacy II (2011)Mr. James R. Lowe, Jr. (2013)The Rev. Dr. Andrew J. MacBeth (2012)Mr. M. Lee Marston (2014)Ms. Sissy Poland (2012)The Rt. Rev. F. Neff PowellThe Rev. Dr. Stanley W. Sawyer (2014)The Rev. Dr. William R. Shiet, Jr. (2013)The Rt. Rev. Eugene T. SuttonThe Rev. Allan B. Johnson-Taylor (2014)Dr. William G. Thomas III (2015)The Rev. Christine R. Whittaker (2013)The Rev. Dr. J. Douglas Wigner, Jr. (2014)
The Rev. Matthew R. HanisianThe Rev. Angela S. Ill
The Rev. Robert W. Prichard, Ph.D.The Rev. Dr. William B. Roberts
Ms. Rebecca Edwards (‘11)Student Body President
Top Photo: Middler, Evan Clendenin (le,) and faculty member, Dr. David Gortner,dig up ground that will serve as a new community garden; choir members (from le toright) Narcis Sebikwekwe, Elizabeth Lowe, and Susan Hartzell, boom photo.

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