The Friends Reception this past Tuesday was a very enjoyable event.
We honored Rev. Martha Horne Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary with the first Consortium Service Award. Dr. Horne has always been a quiet and helpful presence in the Consortium deliberations. She shares her considerable wisdom–she offers practical help as well. She is retiring this year after 13 years as Dean. It was wonderful to be able to honor her. We will miss her wise counsel!
Dr. Lucy Hogan of Wesley Seminary offered reflections for the assembled friends on Worship in the 21st Century. In a concise address, she offered much to reflect on: The necessity of balance-emphasizing both Word and Sacrament in our public worship; the rise of the megachurches with their strengths and weaknesses; and the importance of historic Christian symbols for faith.
The Friends Reception took place in the beautiful John Paul II Cultural Center. We were in a beautiful building– surrounded by artwork.
The annual reception was, as usual, a premier event!