Susan Taylor and Harry Walton attended the 2012 Seminarian Leadership Conference, held at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria Virginia, September 20 through September 22, 2012.
The Seminarian Leadership Conference is an annual fall gathering of student leaders from the eleven Episcopal seminaries. Funding for the conference is provided by a generous grant from the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church. Participants spend a long weekend together sharing news of their respective institutions, sharing in fellowship and community building, and participating in leadership seminars. The conference is hosted by a different seminary each year, providing participants the opportunity to witness and participate in the community life of another institution. Seminarians develop a sense of their Episcopalian identity that transcends seminary, region, and even theological differences.
This year 23 seminarians—representing all the seminaries and divinity schools associated with the Episcopal Church—gathered to discuss how leadership is developed and nurtured on seminary campuses and in parish life. Participants also discussed how to foster and develop collegial and mission focused relationships.
Two training sessions were facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Frank Dunn, convener of the clergy team of St. Stephen and the Incarnation in Washington, DC. The Very Reverend Ian Markham, dean and president of VTS, hosted an opening night dinner at the deanery, commenting that the “Full spectrum of the Episcopal Church was present.” He noted there was “lots of energy and excitement about the future of the Episcopal Church and the role that each of the seminarians will play in that future.”