Union Presbyterian Seminary will be recognized by the State of Virginia General Assembly for 200 years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Church at large. On Thursday, March, 1, Senator Donald McEachin will deliver a proclamation to the floor of Virginia’s state legislature where President Brian K. Blount and his wife, Sharon, will be introduced.
In addition, Mayor Dwight C. Jones has issued a proclamation on behalf of the City of Richmond, recognizing Union Presbyterian’s “dedication to education and ministry.”
“As president, on behalf of the entire seminary community, I am delighted that the city and state have acknowledged the vital role that Union Presbyterian Seminary has played in the life of the City of Richmond and the State of Virginia,” says President Blount.
With roots in Virginia, the seminary has reached the global Church. “Of course, Union has nurtured leaders for the church who have come from across the nation and around the world and has sent graduates into ministries across distances just as vast. But the Virginia location has nurtured us as we have nurtured our students, and we have enjoyed the opportunity to invest in the city and state even as we have equipped leaders for service in the world. It pleases me greatly that the Mayor and the Senate of Virginia have so warmly acknowledged this long standing relationship.”
Both of these honors come in the midst of a yearlong bicentennial celebration which began in September 2011 with convocation ceremonies at Hampden Sydney College, where the seminary originated in 1812. Other highlights to the calendar include community-wide worship services, lectures, reunion gatherings and most recently the Trailblazers Award Ceremony and Banquet which recognized African American alums for their groundbreaking ministries.
On April 22, Union Presbyterian Seminary will host a worship service at the Richmond Convention Center to celebrate the 200 year collaboration between the seminary and the greater Church is training men and women for church leadership. The community is invited to participate in this historic event at www.regonline.com/seminarysundayinrichmond.
Above photo, left to right, Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, President Brian Blount, Mrs. Sharon Blount, and Senator Donald McEachin