Representatives from Virginia Theological Seminary finalized a partnership agreement with St. George's College in Jerusalem on June 18, committing the two organizations to providing educational opportunities for members of the seminary community.
The agreement -- signed by the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS, and Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani -- represents the second of its kind (the first being in January 2010 with Msalato Theological College in Tanzania) and provides an important piece in the seminary's formation of ordained and lay leaders: the appreciation of the "significance of the Holy Land both as part of our past and as part of our future."
Representing Virginia Theological Seminary at the signing with Dawani were Amelia Dyer, associate dean of students, the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, vice president of institutional advancement and associate dean of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, and Kathryn Glover, director of institutional effectiveness and planning.
"VTS is very glad for its Anglican Communion partners," said Hawkins. "This new partnership represents an exciting new chapter of cooperation which holds great promise for both institutions."
In its 2009 seven-point Strategic Plan, the seminary committed itself to partnerships around the Anglican Communion, building upon its connections with graduates worldwide. Hawkins said that "Anglican Communion partners are vital links for VTS as we stay connected to our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world."
Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church.