Friday, October 22, 2010

My heart is heavy - VTS Chapel has burned down

The chapel at my seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary, has burned down - just bricks are left.  My heart is heavy, though I know that the "church" is not a building, but is the body of Christ - the people.  So sad, however, my son was baptized there and many many important events in my seminary journey took place there.

Chapel Memory #1 - The baptism of my son on the Easter Monday in 2006 along with wonderful sermon by the Rev. Michael White (now of Savannah), and celebrant the Rev. Joseph Constant (of VTS), and drumming by yours truly and the Rev. Lester MacKenzie (from South Africa, now in LA), and guitar by the Rev. Joseph Hensley (of Durham, NC)..."marching in the light of God," "I want to walk as a child of the light...'

Chapel Memory #2 - Memorial Service of Alice Hensley

Chapel Memory #3 - Sitting in the balcony next to theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas (of Duke University) (who knew the Book of Common Prayer Service by heart) who turned to me and said how glad he was that we were singing so many Wesley hymns.

Chapel Memory #4 - Preaching my "Senior Sermon" there - was nervous as all get-out.

Chapel Memory #5 - Memorial Service of Adam Goren, VTS '05

More to come....HERE...and HERE

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

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