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Seminarian leaders to gather in Austin, Texas for annual conference

9/12/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  Student leaders from the 11 accredited Episcopal seminaries and divinity schools will gather at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest (ETSS) in Austin, Texas, September 14-17 for the annual Seminarian Leadership Conference. This is the first year that ETSS will host the conference.

Meeting under the theme "It is all about relationship," nearly 30 seminarians will explore biblical, theological, educational, communal and mission perspectives.

Ken Malcolm, a senior at ETSS from the Diocese of Virginia, and Donald Smith, a fellow senior seminarian from the Diocese of West Tennessee, planned and coordinated the event which is being supported by a grant from the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church.

"To be a member of the Anglican Communion is, by definition, relational," Malcolm said. "We can’t begin to express what that means for our church without first exploring our relationships with Christ and each other."

"We Anglicans must re-learn the love that communion with one another and in Christ requires of us," Smith said. "Communion is relational and we in the Episcopal Church in the U.S. must nurture and cherish our relationship in communion with one another if we are even to attempt to approach the Great Commission of Christ."

Further information is available at: http://www.etss.edu/SeminarianGathering06.shtml