Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century

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Fall 2018

cclirscIPS/SP500—Spiritual Formation in Communities

IPS/SP500—Spiritual Formation in Communities


cclirsc  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan 

This course explores spiritual formation within three different faith communities or wisdom traditions with a focus on the specific forms of spirituality brought by instructors from each of the communities or traditions. Study of specific spiritual practices will develop the student’s skills in understanding the sources and practices of spirituality in general. Research shows this . . .

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Summer 2018

irsc IPI5/717 – Inter-religious Seminar: Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying

IPI5/717 – Inter-religious Seminar: Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying


irsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

This course offers an opportunity to receive credit for attending and participating in VST’s Inter-Religious Studies Conference on the theme “Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying,” May 22-24, 2018. Over the last century, medical care has increasingly provided a key cultural framework for understanding death and dying. Technological innovation has prolonged life, but also hidden the reality . . .

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Spring 2018

cclirsc IPI5/710 – Encountering the Other

IPI5/710 – Encountering the Other


cclirsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

This course encourages students to identify issues in multi-cultural communication, become aware of personal barriers, and develop skills for working with them. Students will be introduced to (1) critical concepts about the politics of identity and cultural complexes; (2) philosophical discussion of inner stances towards welcoming the other; and (3) practical techniques for listening and . . .

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cclirscisp IPT5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions

IPT5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

This course will provide an introduction to sacred scripture and oral narrative in four traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous Traditions. For each tradition, we will read selected primary and secondary sources in order to consider the content of these sacred teachings, their history and development, techniques of transmission, interpretive practices, and cultural significance. Together, . . .

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January Interterm 2018

cclirsc HB6/740 —Social Justice: Prophet and Reformer

HB6/740 —Social Justice: Prophet and Reformer


cclirsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls

The theology and practice of social justice will be examined from two dialogical viewpoints. The first is that of the prophet as spokesperson of God’s justice and advocate for the poor who names and condemns social injustice. The second is that of the reformer who seeks to embody and institutionalize social justice. The issue of . . .

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Fall 2017

cclirscisp IPI5/700—IIS Integrating Seminar: Valued Wisdoms, New Conversations

IPI5/700—IIS Integrating Seminar: Valued Wisdoms, New Conversations


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Rev. Raymond C. Aldred

This seminar addresses the “inter” in “inter-religious studies.” Together, we will respectfully explore multiple approaches to understanding connections between the beliefs and practices of four world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Indigenous North American. Approaches may include deep ecumenism, awareness of social complexity, shared study of sacred text, and exploration of shared action on shared . . .

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cclirsc IPS/SP510 – Liturgy, Ritual and the Sacred

IPS/SP510 – Liturgy, Ritual and the Sacred


cclirsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

An introduction to the theory and practice of ritual, focused on elements shared by multiple traditions. Humans use ceremony to approach the divine, build community, mark important life events, and more. Together, we will explore theological, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical theories of ceremonial activity. We will apply those theories as we study effective ritual facilitation . . .

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