Continuing Education at VST
Vancouver School of Theology has actively supported and promoted continuing education for almost three decades. It is through this commitment to life-long learning, Christian formation and congregational vitality through education, and leadership development that places VST as one of the leading continuing education programs in Canada.
Continuing education programs are offered in various formats and locations during the year. VST works with gifted resource people and organizations that share a commitment to life-long learning to provide seminars, retreats, courses, and workshops for clergy and laity. Fees do apply and registration is required for most of the workshops through the VST website.
Certificate in Theological Studies
The Certificate in Theological Studies is a continuing education certificate (non-degree) for all who are interested in deepening their understanding of contemporary theological thought through active engagement with the topics and theological disciplines explored in VST workshops and courses.
VST hosts numerous public events, conferences and workshops throughout the academic year to which the general public are warmly invited. Please see the following page for a complete list of our current offerings to our wider community:
T. David Somerville Event
The Somerville Event promotes spiritual vitality and community leadership and is made possible through The Somerville Fund for Spiritual Formation. The fund was established in appreciation for the pastoral presence and spiritual guidance of Archbishop T. David Somerville.
David Somerville has contributed to the life of Vancouver School of Theology in many ways: as a student of the Anglican Theological College (Class of 1939), as Professor of Pastoral Theology for five years, and following his retirement as bishop, as the Anglican chaplain. He devoted most of his professional life to parishes and communities in British Columbia, exercising the kind of progressive and innovative leadership that led to his description as a “quiet radical” at his consecration as Bishop. He pioneered the ordination of women in The Anglican Church of Canada, supported the inclusion of children at communion, and, when he was Rector of St. James’ Parish, began a movement to care for the disadvantaged in the downtown eastside.
“One of the greatest gifts we can have is a sense of God’s presence, in the world and in our lives. It is a kind of sensitivity to the divine, that mysterious element in our lives that transcends the everyday ordinariness of existence and gives it new meaning …we need to breathe the air of the spirit to survive.” —David Somerville, 1984
G. Peter Kaye Lecture Series
This lecture series offers several one-hour lectures and a continuing education workshop by the guest presenter over three days for VST students, alumni and the general public. The series is made possible through a grant from the Vancouver Foundation in honour of the late G. Peter Kaye, former Chancellor of Vancouver School of Theology, chair of the board of governors and executive director of the Vancouver Foundation.
Theology for the First Time
VST’s mandate propels us to provide off-site continuing educational opportunities to our wider community, and courses are currently offered annually at various locations in BC, Alberta or the Pacific Northwest . These courses are taught by VST faculty who bring their academic expertise and passion for teaching directly to congregations. Registration is required and a small fee covers the cost of the course. Courses are generally in a workshop format, and include a free public lecture that all participants attend as part of their instruction.
VST Summer School
Each year VST offers a Summer School which brings together religious leaders and teachers to offer both degree and continuing education programs in a wide variety of disciplines. During two weeks in July, the faith, knowledge, skills and insights of instructors from Asian, European and North American seminaries, universities and other institutions enliven the campus. Participants come from around the world, some seeking degree credit, others pursuing areas of personal interest. The fabric of the summer school is woven from several strands: biblical studies, historical and theological studies, worship and preaching, congregational ministry and development, spirituality, and inter-religious studies.
NMC Summer School & NMP Certificate
NMC Summer School
The Native Ministries Consortium Summer School is offered annually during two weeks in July. This is an opportunity for students who are often isolated from one another to gather, learn and worship together. It is also an opportunity for intensive course work for students in the Native Ministries Program. The Summer School serves people from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, with an international and largely Aboriginal faculty.
Native Ministries Program Certificate
The NMP Certificate in Theological Studies is a non-degree program for students who are interested in deepening their understanding of Christianity and theological thought framed by the indigenous context in which the learner is rooted.
Summer school classes can be used towards the NMP certificate.
Lay people wishing to audit a VST Continuing Education course or workshop can apply for a tuition bursary covering either 25% or 50% of the tuition fees, depending on their level of need and funds available. Bursaries must be applied for at the time of registration.