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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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Does Biblical Interpretation Have a Prayer?

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Shannon

by Richard Topping We do not truly appreciate either the light which the church receives from the Bible, or the darkness which enshrouds it from the same, until we recognize in both, beyond all human effort and human refusal which is also present, the over-ruling power of the Word of God itself, either to exalt . . .


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VST announces Appointment of New Chancellor

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Shannon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 26, 2018 Vancouver School of Theology is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Iain Black as its new Chancellor, as of January 1st, 2018. Mr. Black will be officially welcomed into the position at VST’s annual Convocation, taking place on Monday, May 7th, 2018. Mr. Black brings to VST a blend of . . .


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2018 VST Honorary Doctorates

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Shannon

Vancouver School of Theology announces recipients of 2018 Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa: DR. MARIE WILSON and THE REV. JAMES SCOTT. Vancouver School of Theology is pleased to announce the recipients of VST`s 2018 Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, Dr. Marie Wilson and The Rev. James Scott. Both Rev. Scott and Dr. Wilson have played a . . .


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VST receives $400K Henry Luce Foundation grant

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Shannon

Vancouver School of Theology is pleased to announce that the school is the recipient of a major grant of $400,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation. This grant will be dispersed to VST over two years from the Luce Fund for Theological Education in support of the implementation of the Teaching House that Moves Around.  This . . .


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Reflections on the Reformation

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Shannon

Canadian Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History, offers some important thoughts around the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  He writes “Reformation principals of a radical challenge to authorities, the questioning of established doctrines, and adherence to the Word are evident in Africa, Asia and South America.”  He makes the provocative suggestion that “Many . . .


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