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The Venerable Ron Harrison

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Posted on May 19, 2015 by hunter

Ronald retired Dec. 31, 2012 as a priest of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster and its Executive Archdeacon.  He studied at UBC 1965-68, earning a B.A. in English literature and history.  Seminary training, earning the equivalent of an MDiv., was at the Episcopal Theological College, Cambridge, Mass. from 1968-1971. This included courses each year at Harvard University and Weston Jesuit College.  Field placements were two years in a low-income parish, and one year at Mass. General Hospital.  One summer was spent doing formal Clinical Pastoral training at Trinity Hospital, Minot, ND, and another doing Biblical and archeological studies in Jerusalem and the region. Prior to becoming executive archdeacon, Ronald was a parish priest for 30 years, including St. Augustine’s, Marpole and St. Philip’s, Dunbar in Vancouver.  He served in many different leadership and service roles, and participated in a considerable number of continuing educational courses and activities.

Those relevant to this current role as a Foundation Director were:  Royal Canadian Navy officer training (Reserve), which included supply officer training at CFB Borden, Ontario summer 1968 in supply, administration and logistics; Banff Centre for Management – Planned Giving for Canadian Fundraising Professionals (1998) while chairing the Planned Giving Unit of the Diocese; chaired the Financial Development Committee of the Diocese 1988-91 and chaired the Anglican Initiatives Fund Steering Committee; nine years serving on the diocesan Administration and Finance Committee, including the budget sub-committee; nine years as a member of the national Anglican Pension Committee; served as an administrator of the Naval Officers Association of Canada’s Endowment Fund, helping to revive it from dormancy beginning in 1999; President of Camp Artaban Society 1982-87; President of Naval Officers Association of Canada 2005-07; other volunteer leadership roles that involved responsibility for funds. More recently was Chair of the Board of Governors of VST, having served on the Board prior to that, and continue on the Property Development Team of the School.


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Nominations for the 2020 T-E-G Award Open

Posted on September 16, 2019 by Ian

The Vancouver School of Theology Principal’s T-E-G Award (thoughtful, engaged and generous) is a distinguished award for leading practitioners in the Christian faith to be nominated and recognized by VST for their contributions. It is not restricted to alumni or affiliates of VST, but rather is an expression of VST’s stature in the wider community, . . .


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On behalf of our Nominations and Governance Committee, VST invites you to submit nominations for people you think may qualify to be awarded our Doctor of Divinity Degree at the 2020 Convocation on May 12, 2020 at Christ Church Cathedral. Please submit your nominations to us by November 15, 2019. Along with your nomination, please . . .


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Posted on September 5, 2019 by Ian

Due to an emerging priority representing the Haisla Nation Chief Councilor Crystal Smith, the original speaker for VST’s annual Chancellor’s Dinner will not be available this year. VST is honoured to confirm that The Rev. Dr. Raymond Aldred will be this year’s keynote speaker at the 2019 Chancellor’s Dinner. Dr. Aldred is the director of . . .


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Prof. Hauerwas’ Presentation – How to Provide Pastoral Care without Undermining the Gospel

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Ian

Prof. Hauerwas spoke at the Revitalizing the Church workshop on How to Provide Pastoral Care without Undermining the Gospel. If you missed the workshop, or would like to revisit what he said, Prof. Hauerwas was kind enough to provide us with his presentation. You can download it below.


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T.E.G. Award Recipients 2019

Posted on April 9, 2019 by Ian

VST NAMES FIRST RECIPIENTS OF PRESTIGIOUS T.E.G. AWARD For Thoughtful, Engaged and Generous Christian Practitioners The Vancouver School of Theology has named Rev. Ryan Slifka and Rev. Ingrid Brown as the inaugural recipients of the T.E.G. Award launched earlier this year. This distinguished award offered by VST recognizes leading practitioners in Christian ministry. Both Rev. . . .


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