Friday, February 20, 2009

Dean Ian Markham's Commentary Today - Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek & the Episcopal Service Corps

Writing from the office of the Dean and President of VTS (Virginia Theological Seminary) Ian Markham's "Dean's Commentary" today...

Today I am delighted to welcome to campus the Rev. Dr. Naim Stifan Ateek, Anglican priest and Palestinian Arab who is also a citizen of Israel. The founder of Sabeel, an ecumenical center in Jerusalem that uses a theological approach to work for liberation for Palestinians, he is also the author of Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and co-editor (with Marc Ellis and Rosemary Radford Ruether) of Faith and the Intifada: Palestinian Christian Voices. We are honored that Dr. Ateek will be with us again and will be speaking on "A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation" at today's forum. Dr. Ateek has visited VTS in the past and his son, Sari, was a student during the 2005-2006 academic year.

Today we also welcome to campus the Episcopal Service Corps under the leadership of the Rev. Canon John Harmon (VTS Class of 1991), rector of Trinity Parish in Washington. The Episcopal Service Corps is designed to help young adults discern the voice that is calling them, and to develop the skills required to listen and respond through a life of service. ESC is open to single young Christians between the ages of 21 and 30 who have completed their college educations and who desire a year to serve others and to explore the spiritual/faith questions that bring meaning to life. During their time with us they will hear presentations from a variety of church leaders, including Professor Katherine Grieb.

Please join me in welcoming our visitors to campus and I encourage you to engage them in conversation.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President

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