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October 13, 2015

Virginia Theological Seminary to Consecrate new Immanuel Chapel

Virginia Theological Seminary to Consecrate new Immanuel Chapel
10:00 am
Immanuel Chapel, Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road Alexandria, Virginia

Virginia Theological Seminary, the largest of the accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church, has announced that the new Immanuel Chapel, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects will be consecrated at a ceremony on October 13. Katherine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States will preside and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion will preach.

The new Immanuel Chapel "is a testament to a remarkable traditional exterior coupled with a strikingly modern interior," said The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary. "The exterior promises continuity; the interior promises that VTS is creating a new future for the Church."

The new chapel replaces the historic chapel, which served the Seminary from 1881 until it was destroyed in a fire in October 2010. The chapel functions as a space to teach seminarians to lead worship. In concert with the pedagogical mission of the Seminary, we have been careful to design a flexible worship space, one that serves as an understated backdrop to a range of liturgical purposes from large-scale celebrations to intimate services in which seminarians, the local congregation, and the global Episcopal Commune can worship together. These configurations support the Seminary's mission of forming men and women for lay and ordained leadership within the community, with particular attention to raising leaders for the Episcopal Church.

RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern and Grant Marani led the design.
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