As Lifetime Theological Education at Virginia Seminary celebrates 50 continuous years of programming to inspire the souls and feed the minds of lay and clergy leaders across the church, Jesus’ admonition to his disciples in John 4:35b-38 particularly resonates:
"Look around you and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
The range of offerings — Evening School, enriched classes, workshops, seminars, webinars and soon-to-be-launched online courses — were made possible through the vision, resolve, and dedicated labor of an esteemed lineage of staff, from Bennet J. Sims to Anne M. Karoly. Now the care of this work has reached another turning point. After twenty years of fond affiliation with VTS and much careful discernment, Anne resigned at the end of February to move back to California to assume full-time caregiving duties for her mother. Anne’s creativity, generous hospitality, and deep faithfulness are already greatly missed. There is no doubt that seeds Anne Karoly planted will flourish in the next 50 years.
To sustain the Seminary’s commitment to providing world-class theological education beyond the degree programs, I am delighted to welcome Diane Montllor Wright as our interim Coordinator of Continuing Education. Diane is an attorney with extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and education. She brings passion for strategic planning, community engagement, and the Anglican Communion to this new role. Together with the Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and a Continuing Education Advisory Council, Diane is ready to develop transformative and accessible theological education for a changing church.
Diane would love to hear from you — you can email her at email@example.com. What is your vision for the future of continuing education from VTS? Which fields are ripe for harvesting?