New Chapel Planned At Virginia Theological Seminary

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New Chapel Planned At Virginia Theological Seminary

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) --- The Virginia Theological Seminary is trying to raise enough money to replace the historic Immanuel Chapel that graced its campus for more than 129 years before being destroyed by fire in October 2010.

It has unveiled designs for a new "Chapel For The Ages" expected to cost $18 million. Insurance on the Immanuel Chapel is providing about $10 million of that amount. Church leaders hope to raise the rest with a campaign formally launched in ceremonies on Thursday night.

"You can not have a seminary without a chapel. Seminaries by definition need chapels. It's in the seminary chapel that seminarians gather to allow God to work on their lives, to learn the discipline of daily worship, and to be transformed into vehicles of grace for the gospel.

"We are the strongest seminary in the Anglican Union. We are the strongest seminary in the Episcopal Church.

"We train 30 percent of the clergy of the Episcopal Church.
We have a responsibility to make sure there is a chapel that will inform them well for the sake of the gospel," said The Very Rev. Ian Markham, the school's dean.

"It's extraordinary when you lose a chapel. It's like your very soul bleeds when you lose a chapel, but God turns moments of tragedy into moments of hope and we, this evening, are moving to that point where we are going to produce something for the glory of God that can be an Immanuel Chapel for centuries to come," he told 9News Now.

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