Issue: Spring 2021

Published bi-annually by the Vancouver School of Theology, Perspectives magazine explores contemporary issues in theological education, and challenges the frontiers of new thought.

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Engaging a Post-Pandemic World

by Bishop John R. Stephens

On January 23 of this year I was ordained a Bishop in the Anglican Church. I was ordained in a pandemic, where very few people could attend and those ...

Pathways for Tomorrow

by Anthony B. Robinson

I am pleased to re-join the VST community to work on the Lilly Endowment funded “Pathways for Tomorrow” initiative and assessment of Theological F ...

Priorities of Leadership

By Treena Duncan

United Church communities of faith and ministry initiatives in BC and Yukon are served by the body of The United Church of Canada called Pacific Mount ...

Stick to Your Ticket

by Mari Jorstad

Interpreting the Bible with an Eye to Ethics When I introduce students to exegesis, I start by showing an early scene from the movie Harry Potter and ...

Mari Joerstad

Academic Dean & Professor of Hebrew Bible

It is not a classic calling story. I went to seminary because I didn’t want to leave Canada. I couldn’t find a job that fulfilled the requirements ...

Sarah Kathleen Johnson

Visiting Professor of Theology & Worship

I had the privilege of spending most of the past fifteen months in my home office in Toronto. While watching the changing leaves of the maple tree out ...

President’s Convocation Address

by Richard Topping

Mr. Chancellor, VST board members, staff, faculty, students, friends, honored guests and graduates, especially graduates, the classes of 2020-2021, yo ...