Virginia Theological Seminary

Virginia Theological Seminary Forming Leaders, Living in Community, Serving the Church and the World

Led by the Holy Spirit, Virginia Theological Seminary forms and educates leaders who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helps others participate in God’s mission throughout the world. We are a racially and culturally diverse residential community of The Episcopal Church, devoted to worship & prayer; teaching & learning; and research & service to the wider church. Founded in 1823, Virginia Seminary is the largest of the 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church.

At   lifelong friendships are formed! Pictured here are two of our most recent alum, Charlotte Delahay Meyer and Austin ...
07/09/2024

At lifelong friendships are formed! Pictured here are two of our most recent alum, Charlotte Delahay Meyer and Austin Wendt!

A few candids of our doctoral student during their summer residential!
07/08/2024

A few candids of our doctoral student during their summer residential!

On Saturday, July 6th,   '24 grad Lisa Work will be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. ...
07/05/2024

On Saturday, July 6th, '24 grad Lisa Work will be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Invitation below. Watch the livestream:
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We are so proud of our   students who completed the 2024 Preaching Excellence Program with the Episcopal Preaching Found...
07/03/2024

We are so proud of our students who completed the 2024 Preaching Excellence Program with the Episcopal Preaching Foundation!

Our doctoral students are busy at work during their summer residential!
07/01/2024

Our doctoral students are busy at work during their summer residential!

Today is the last day to make a gift to the Annual Fund at VTS this fiscal year. Your gift of any size makes a differenc...
06/30/2024

Today is the last day to make a gift to the Annual Fund at VTS this fiscal year. Your gift of any size makes a difference. Make your gift by midnight tonight!

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The final day of General Convention saw the creation of two new dioceses through the conjuncture of the Dioceses of East...
06/29/2024

The final day of General Convention saw the creation of two new dioceses through the conjuncture of the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan to become the Episcopal Diocese of the Great Lakes, and the reunion of the Dioceses of Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, and Milwaukee, into the Diocese of Wisconsin. Other legislation approved by the House of Deputies included establishing a Task Force for the Funding and Study of Compensation and Benefits for Deacons and Non-Stipendiary Priests. The House of Deputies also congratulated the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry for his leadership and faithful service as the 27th Presiding Bishop, noting that he has been "a prophetic leader, particularly in the areas of racial reconciliation, climate change, evangelism, immigration policy and marriage equality, regularly reminding Episcopalians that they are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement."
VTS Dean Ian Markham said: "This has been a good convention. The final day has focused on appropriate diocesan reorganization. As we know with our own Affiliation, reorganization is part of our obligations in this season. We know both the challenges and the opportunities of reorganization. We pray for these new dioceses as they work together.”

In emotional scenes on day five of General Convention, the House of Deputies approved a resolution to adopt A Prayer to ...
06/28/2024

In emotional scenes on day five of General Convention, the House of Deputies approved a resolution to adopt A Prayer to Remember the Innocents and express remorse for the role The Episcopal Church played in the irreparable harm suffered by Indigenous children who attended Indigenous boarding and residential schools in the 1800s and 1900s. It also approved resolutions to continue the Task Force on Indigenous Liturgy, renounce the Theology of Slavery held by the Rev. James Craik, 11th President of the House of Deputies, and ensure no-one is denied access to the discernment process or employment because of their race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
VTS alum The Rev. Steve Pankey, a deputy from the Diocese of Kentucky, was also elected vice president of the House of Deputies.
VTS Dean Ian Markham said: “History work matters. It is only as we tell the truth about the past can we change the present and create options for the future. The focus on Indigenous children and the theology of slavery is important. I am grateful to the House of Deputies as it does this history work.”

It’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who came to our booth! It was great to see you all!
06/27/2024

It’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who came to our booth! It was great to see you all!

Day four of General Convention was dominated by the election of the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe as the 28th Presiding Bishop. He ...
06/27/2024

Day four of General Convention was dominated by the election of the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe as the 28th Presiding Bishop. He was chosen on the first ballot, receiving 89 votes out of 158 votes. In a speech to the House of Deputies, Rowe acknowledged the challenges the Church faces: “We know that we cannot continue being The Episcopal Church in the same way, no matter where we live. To participate fully in God’s mission, there are a few things that we have to think about... It’s time to reorient our church … to support dioceses and churches on the ground, where ministry happens.”
Dean Ian Markham said: “VTS and GTS are delighted and excited to learn that the Rt. Rev. Dr. Sean Rowe has been elected Presiding Bishop. We are honored that a VTS alum has been chosen. Sean is a gentle, faithful, and thoughtful Bishop and his skills in organization management are key to the moment.”

It was great to see so many alumni and friends at our GTS/VTS dinner. Thank you for coming and thank you to our students...
06/26/2024

It was great to see so many alumni and friends at our GTS/VTS dinner. Thank you for coming and thank you to our students for sharing their heartfelt testimonies about why both residential and hybrid programs are so important!

Congratulations to VTS alum the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe on his election as the 28th Presiding Bishop. Dean Ian Markham said: ...
06/26/2024

Congratulations to VTS alum the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe on his election as the 28th Presiding Bishop. Dean Ian Markham said: “VTS and GTS are delighted and excited to learn that the Rt. Rev. Dr. Sean Rowe has been elected Presiding Bishop. We are honored that a VTS alum has been chosen. Sean is a gentle, faithful, and thoughtful Bishop and his skills in organization management are key to the moment.”

Learn about Multicultural Ministries at VTS and hear about what's new from TryTank Research Institute! Today in booth 30...
06/26/2024

Learn about Multicultural Ministries at VTS and hear about what's new from TryTank Research Institute! Today in booth 301.

Day three of General Convention saw Julia Ayala Harris re-elected as President of the House of Deputies. Other highlight...
06/26/2024

Day three of General Convention saw Julia Ayala Harris re-elected as President of the House of Deputies. Other highlights included the House of Deputies approving a resolution to make Navajoland a missionary diocese, and for The Episcopal Church in Micronesia to be incorporated into the Diocese of Hawai’i. It also passed a resolution to create a task force to respond to the historic and ongoing legacy of slavery and make recommendations on reparations, including the creation of a Reparation Fund.
Meanwhile the House of Bishops voted to adopt a resolution to create a task force on countering the colonial mindset.
VTS Dean Ian Markham said: “The work General Convention has done today is important. The reparations task force is essential Gospel work. The decision to make Navajoland a missionary diocese entrenches our work with native Americans. We are delighted to witness these important decisions by the Church.”

Our booth was buzzing today! Great to see so many old friends and greet new ones!
06/25/2024

Our booth was buzzing today! Great to see so many old friends and greet new ones!

Come and see Dean Ian Markham and meet leaders from our Lifelong Learning programs! Today in booth 301.
06/25/2024

Come and see Dean Ian Markham and meet leaders from our Lifelong Learning programs! Today in booth 301.

In another busy day for legislation at General Convention, the House of Deputies passed a resolution to revise the Denom...
06/25/2024

In another busy day for legislation at General Convention, the House of Deputies passed a resolution to revise the Denominational Health Plan pricing structures to make it more equitable. But a resolution to ask the Executive Council to reduce diocesan assessments to 10% failed. Other resolutions passed included creating a Task Force for Truth-Telling, Reckoning and Reconciliation for LGBTQIA+, working for equity, support, and protection of all LGBTQIA+ Anglicans, and creating a staff position for Director of LGBTQI and Women’s Ministries. Resolutions were also passed to establish a Standing Commission on Care of Creation and Environmental Racism, and to advocate for water rights for Indigenous communities and lands.
Meanwhile, the House of Bishops approved a resolution affirming the goal of full communion with the United Methodist Church.
VTS Dean Ian Markham said: "This is the hard work of being a church. The General Convention is seeking to entrench in our shared life and structures our commitment to equity and justice. Of particular significance, the healthcare and structural proposals for LGBTQIA+ are especially important"

Wonderful to connect with students past and future at our booth today! Please come and see us at booth 301 if you haven’...
06/24/2024

Wonderful to connect with students past and future at our booth today! Please come and see us at booth 301 if you haven’t already!

Find out more about our Master’s and Doctoral degrees and admissions process. Booth 301, 1pm - 2pm today!
06/24/2024

Find out more about our Master’s and Doctoral degrees and admissions process. Booth 301, 1pm - 2pm today!

On a busy first day of legislative sessions at General Convention, the House of Deputies passed seven resolutions relati...
06/24/2024

On a busy first day of legislative sessions at General Convention, the House of Deputies passed seven resolutions relating to their Rules of Order, but rejected two resolutions that would have made it more difficult for deputies to force floor debates, and would have required proposed amendments to resolutions to be filed in advance of sessions. Meanwhile, the House of Bishops passed a resolution calling on the Executive Council to study the current mandatory retirement age for clergy of 72. There were some light-hearted moments when the House of Deputies tested their voting system by voting on whether ketchup should never be put on a hotdog (they decided this was not the case) and when a disco ball trophy for the most creatively decorated stanchion was revealed in honor of the fact that 90% of the world’s disco balls are made in Louisville.

Great to see so many of you at our booth today! Come and see us at booth 301 if you haven’t already!
06/23/2024

Great to see so many of you at our booth today! Come and see us at booth 301 if you haven’t already!

Come and hear about the amazing work of Center for Anglican Communion Studies at VTS! Booth 301, 1pm - 2pm today!
06/23/2024

Come and hear about the amazing work of Center for Anglican Communion Studies at VTS! Booth 301, 1pm - 2pm today!

“If it’s not about love, it’s not about God!” - Presiding Bishop Michael CurryRevival at General Convention
06/23/2024

“If it’s not about love, it’s not about God!”
- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Revival at General Convention

We're at General Convention! Come and see us in booth 301. We're here everyday and have the following special programs s...
06/22/2024

We're at General Convention! Come and see us in booth 301. We're here everyday and have the following special programs scheduled

Thank you for all the ways you support VTS! This month, gifts to the Annual Fund have double the impact thanks to a matc...
06/20/2024

Thank you for all the ways you support VTS! This month, gifts to the Annual Fund have double the impact thanks to a matching gift from an anonymous donor. Join us with a gift today!
https://give.vts.edu/page.aspx?pid=298

Join the The Episcopal Diocese of Texas and Virginia Theological Seminary as we explore Gothic France and Normandy as yo...
06/18/2024

Join the The Episcopal Diocese of Texas and Virginia Theological Seminary as we explore Gothic France and Normandy as you’ve never seen it before! November 8-18, 2024!
Click here for more information:
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You’re invited to join Bishop Doyle and others on a nicely curated pilgrimage to Gothic France to discover the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture, November 8-18, 2024. Individuals, groups, parishes, families, and friends are all encouraged to consider this unique travel opportun...

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