Adapted from a VTS announcement

Virginia Theological Seminary celebrated its 192nd commencement May 21, awarding degrees to 57 students. This was the first commencement in Immanuel Chapel.

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, 12th bishop of Chicago and author of Opening the Prayer Book in the New Church’s Teaching Series, gave the commencement address.

“As you go [into the world], I ask you to join me in listening to the needs and hopes and the heartaches and longings of the world we live in,” Lee said. “Listen to those who suspect that God has left the church behind. Listen. Listen and lead.”

“This really is an extraordinary, joyous occasion,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president. “My faculty colleagues and I have had the privilege of serving God as God does the hard and holy work of formation in the lives of those graduating today. Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Special congratulations to the parents, friends, spouses, and children who are here today. You know that you played your part.”

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