Theology for the First Time
Off-site Continuing Education opportunities for the wider community
VST’s mandate propels us to provide off-site continuing educational opportunities to our wider community, and VST Academy courses are offered annually throughout 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.
In Winter and Spring of 2017 VST will offer Theology for the First Time in the Courtenay / Comox area. Featuring faculty members from Vancouver School of Theology, this course at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay / Comox runs on Friday evenings from 7-8:30 pm (free admission) and on Saturday from 10 am-2 pm ($25 registration).
Jan. 27-28, 2017 with The Rev. Dr. Pat Dutcher-Walls: New Eyes for Reading the Old Testament
March 3-4, 2017 with The Rev. Janet Gear: How Then Shall We Live?
March 31-April 1, 2017 with The Rev. Dr. Richard Topping: Theology for Non-Theologians
The general public is warmly welcomed to attend the Friday night lectures free of church. Click here for registration for the Saturday sessions.
|ccl Cont. Ed. HB103—What Does it Mean to be Wise?|
HB103—What Does it Mean to be Wise?
ccl View outline (PDF) Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan
What Does it Mean to be Wise? VST Academy Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary, AB March 12 to 13, 2015 Thursday, March 12, 2:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm (public lecture) Friday, March 13, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm What does it mean to be wise? To know how to love, be strong . . .
|ccl Cont. Ed. TH103 – Dazed and Confused: When God, Church and World make no sense|
TH103 – Dazed and Confused: When God, Church and World make no sense
ccl Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee
The church is struggling to rethink itself in a digital age, and often, if we’re honest, how to do church now doesn’t make sense. But God the Trinity has never “made sense.” Therefore the church has nothing to fear from an age of distraction and confusion. The purpose of the course is not so much . . .
|ccl Cont. Ed. January 8 – 10: Theology for Non-Theologians|
January 8 – 10: Theology for Non-Theologians
ccl Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Richard Topping
In the long conversation that is the Christian tradition similar topics keep coming up – creation, God, Christ, Spirit, Church and hope are among the most important. We will join this exchange over a couple of days to listen to what has been said on these themes and to join the discussion. Finally we will . . .
|ccl Cont. Ed. January 15 – 17: Reading the New Testament as Though Your Life Depended On It|
January 15 – 17: Reading the New Testament as Though Your Life Depended On It
ccl Instructor(s): Dr. Harry O. Maier
The course will explore the New Testament claims on our lives under three headings: the Kingdom of God, the cross and resurrection, and a life that abides in God. In each case we will explore the claim being made upon us as God’s people and how God invites us to fullness of life. Required Readings . . .
|ccl Cont. Ed. January 22 – 24: New Eyes for Reading the Old Testament|
January 22 – 24: New Eyes for Reading the Old Testament
ccl Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls
This introductory workshop will help participants understand the insights and beauty found in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament. Background information and resources will allow a hands-on learning experience using a variety of Hebrew Bible passages so that we can hear the many ways God’s people have witnessed about God and our human relation to God. Required . . .
|ccl Cont. Ed. January 29 – 31: How Then Shall We Live?|
January 29 – 31: How Then Shall We Live?
ccl Instructor(s): Rev. Janet Gear
Asking this question inevitably pulls us into the heart of Christianity – the living of it. Is Christian life about prayer and contemplation or about acts of justice and right relations? Wisdom teaches that these paths are not two, but one. We’ll explore the teaching and practice of this path, discovering that spiritual work is . . .
|ccl Cont. Ed. March 4-5: What Does it Mean to be Anglican in our Context?|
March 4-5: What Does it Mean to be Anglican in our Context?
ccl View outline (PDF)