Saturday, June 08, 2019

Find the balm


“If you are looking for verses with which to support slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to abolish slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to oppress women, you will find them. If you are looking for for verses with which to liberate or honor women, you will find them.

If you are looking for reasons to wage war, you will find them. If you are looking for reasons to promote peace, you will find them. If you are looking for an out-dated, irrelevant ancient text, you will find it.

If you are looking for truth, believe me, you will find it. This is why there are times when the most instructive question to bring to the text is not "what does it say?", but "what am I looking for?" 
I suspect Jesus knew this when he said,

"ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened."

If you want to do violence in this world, you will always find the weapons. If you want to heal, you will always find the balm.” 

 Rachel Held Evans

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Bob Prichard and Tim Sedgwick





The Rev. Robert W. Prichard, Ph.D., joined the Seminary Faculty as an adjunct in 1980 and full time in 1983, retiring as the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor Emeritus of Christianity in America. Dean Markham has said of Bob, “His impact has been considerable. Generations of seminarians have been shaped by his rich understanding of American Christianity and the history of the Episcopal Church … All in all, Bob has been extraordinary. He is a giant in this place; his impact will continue to be felt in the Seminary and throughout the Episcopal Church.” Bob’s remarkable ministry will be highlighted in the fall issue of Virginia Theological Seminary Magazine.




Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D. joined the faculty in 1997 and retires in August as the Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics. From 2007-2013 he served as vice president for Academic Affairs. A scholar, teacher, and friend to countless seminarians, alumni, faculty and staff, Tim leaves a rich legacy of teaching, scholarship, and leadership as academic dean. The current issue of Virginia Theological Seminary Magazine includes a piece highlighting the many gifts Tim has offered to VTS, the Episcopal Church, and the broader Church through his extensive ecumenical work. Several reflections are offered by faculty colleagues that, combined, provide a comprehensive portrait of this gifted member of the VTS community.