Perspectives

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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Good Soil, We Would Come to Learn, is 25% Air

by Anne Privett

St. Andrew’s church was at a critical point in a visioning process when COVID hit and everything stopped. As the world put on masks fearing sharing ...

Throughout this Pandemic Season

by John Pentland

I believe we aren’t through with COVID and its effects on individuals and communities. We are in many ways emerging slowly from the tomb. Many are e ...

Let Me Introduce Myself

by Philippa Pride

New Leader for the Diocese of New Westminster ...

Hyuk Cho

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor & Director of United Church Faith Formation and Studies ...

Why Re-Invent Theological Field Education?

interview with Steven Chambers

What is Theological Field Education? Theological Field Education (TFE) is a component in Vancouver School of Theology’s leadership degrees — the M ...

Rob James

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor of Anglican Formation and Studies ...

What did We Learn During COVID?

by Bernie Skelding

COVID has taught us the import of creativity, hospitality, and perspective. Like so many, we have learned the value of technology. Simply employing Zo ...

Useful Wisdom

Book review by Richard Topping

Letters to young (and not so young) ministers by Anthony B. Robinson ...

Collin Peterson

Class of 1978, MDiv | Interviewd by Ian Sheh

[VST] Do you have any fond memories of your time at VST? [Collin Peterson] The memories fall into two overlapping categories. I lived in residence for ...

Archbishop Lynne McNaughton

Class of 1986, MDiv

Archbishop Lynne began at VST as a 26-year-old female student with an undergraduate background in Sociology and English. She remembers the congenialit ...

Germaine Lovelace

Class of 2014, DDS | 2022 T.E.G. Award Recipient | Interviewed by Ian Sheh

[VST] What memories stand out when you think of your time at VST? [Germaine Lovelace] What stands out for me the most about being at VST was the famil ...

Margaret Trim

Class of 2015, ThM | Interview by Ian Sheh

[VST] You are both a student and staff member at VST. Has being a student helped you in your role as Coordinator of Academic Records & Admissions? ...

Exploring How Liturgy can Assist the Assembly in Experiencing the Trinity

by Melissa Skelton

Some assumptions about the Trinity In speaking about the Trinity and liturgy, I am assuming that at the heart of the Trinity is a dynamic relationship ...

The Next 50 Years

by VST Faculty

VST started in 1971. We wonder if faculty then could have predicted the kinds of challenges and opportunities that theological education faces now. We asked the VST faculty to answer the following question. What do you think will be big ... ...

Karen Medland

Class of 2002, MDiv | Interviewed by Ian Sheh

[VST] When you think back to your time here at VST, what are some important memories? [Karen Medland] I graduated in 2002. We were in the old building ...

Joachim Chisanga

Class of 2017, MAPPL | Interviewed by Ian Sheh

[VST] What was a significant memory from VST? [Joachim Chisanga] I came as an international student, not only from a different country but from a diff ...

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 Jorstad

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 ...

Things They Do Teach

by Brenda Fawkes

When I first began as Director of Theological Field Education at VST I came across a social media site called: Things They Didn’t Teach Us In Semina ...

In a Time Like This

Stories by Gloria Lita D. Mapangdol, Joas Adiprasetya, & Elizabeth Ruder-Celiz

Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 by Gloria Lita D. Mapangdol Manila, Philippines It was mid-March when the Covid outbreak in Manila started. We wer ...

Shadia Qubti

VST MAIIS Student Profile

My spirituality has emerged from the margins of my society. As a Palestinian among majority Israeli population. As a Palestinian Christian among a maj ...

Indigenous Thought

by Ray Aldred

I am the Indigenous element. A purveyor of exotic raw data sent here to illuminate and beguile, to be faithful yet a bit treacherous, a singer of song ...

Formation for Ministry: A Work in Progress

by Grant Rodgers

The Facebook page “Things They Didn’t Teach Us In Seminary” describes itself as “a group for those who have graduated from an accredited semin ...

Charles Demers

VST DADS Student Profile

So many of us know what it’s like to be inside of an imperfect, too-human institution that we believe in so deeply, even when our friends and loved ...