VSTAcedamy

VST Academy

Good Theology for God’s World

VST’s mandate propels us to provide offsite continuing educational opportunities to our wider community, and courses are currently offered annually at various locations in BC, and on occasion in locations wider afield such as Alberta, Washington State, and Hawaii. These courses are taught by VST faculty who bring their academic expertise and passion for teaching directly to congregations. Registration is required and a small fee covers the cost of the course. Courses are generally in a workshop format and include a free public lecture that all participants attend as part of their instruction.

These mini-courses can be assembled into a series of two to four weekends (or more if you want) in any order and from any of the following VST professors. When your local group of clergy is considering a VST Academy program you are encouraged to combine courses into focused series, such as an “Introduction to Christianity” or a series focused on “Outreach and Social Ministries” or another series on the arts of ministry for lay people. There is so much choice, you might run an introductory series one year, and invite VST back for an “advanced” or more focused series in a following year. Dream big to support great lay education.

For information about scheduling a VST Academy series in your area, please contact:
Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls, Dean
patdw@vst.edu | 604-822-9804

Bellingham 2019
Vancouver 2019/2020
Nanaimo 2020
Langley 2020

Bellingham 2019

Lectures & Workshops hosted by
Faith Lutheran Church
2750 McLeod Rd, Bellingham, WA, USA

Public Evening Lectures
Free Admission

Workshops
$35 per workshop (Registration Required)
Lunch Included

Workshop Registration
To register please contact:
Faith Lutheran Church
office@faithbellingham.org
1 (360) 733-3970

Biblical Poetry:
Listening with New Ears

Public Lecture:
Friday, Sept. 27th, 7-9pm
Workshop:
Saturday, Sept. 28th, 10am-3pm

Listening to the beauty of the poetry in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, this workshop will help participants understand how ancient poetry works, so that we can hear the prophets and read the Psalms aloud with new appreciation for the power of the texts.

Instructor
Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls

What’s Grace Got to Do with It?
Galatians and Romans Then and Now

Public Lecture:
Friday, Oct. 18th, 7-9pm
Workshop:
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 10am-3pm

Paul’s letters to the churches in Galatia and Rome are foundational for both Christian identity and the western tradition. Through an analysis of the historical backdrop that prompted Paul to write them and their continuing relevance for Christian faith and discipleship, these letters bring us to the heart of the Christian faith. Who is God? What is grace? What is faith? What do these letters tell us about what it means to be human? Where do we find life? Who can we trust? Paul’s answers to these questions are as profound and relevant today as when they were formulated millennia ago.

Instructor
Dr. Harry Maier

Dreams of the Apocalypse:
The Prophet Zechariah

Public Lecture:
Thursday, Nov. 21st, 7-9pm
Workshop:
Friday, Nov. 22nd, 10am-3pm

The prophet Zechariah’s apocalyptic dreams have challenged interpreters of Hebrew Bible for centuries. But, together, we will rise to the challenge! We will explore Zechariah’s relevance to our own challenging times, as we explore prophecy, history, justice, dreams, eschatology, symbolism and intertextuality.

Instructor
Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan

So You Want to be a Protester, a Protestant

Public Lecture:
Friday, Dec. 6th, 7-9pm
Workshop:
Saturday, Dec. 7th, 10am-3pm

Is there any protest left in Protestantism? Protestants have gone from a marginal movement to become the establishment and now back to the margins again. In the 16th century, an accidental revolution of Christian faith and life was born through the study of scripture. Drawing on some of the great themes of that protest, we’ll explore some of the gospel trouble we marginal people might cause for the church and the world today.

Instructor
Rev. Dr. Richard Topping

Interested in Continuing Education Credits?

For more information contact:
Julie Lees, Recruitment
jlees@vst.edu

Vancouver 2019/2020

Lectures & Workshops held at
Vancouver Taiwanese Church
Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church
2733 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC

Evening Lectures
Free Admission

Saturday Workshops
$25 per Workshop (Registration Required)
Please reserve for lunch when you register for the workshops; a small fee of $10 will be collected at the workshop for those requesting lunch.

Workshop Registration

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The Trinity and the Bible

Public Lecture:
Friday, Oct 18th, 2019, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, Oct 19th, 2019, 10am – 3pm

One of the most important questions in reading the bible is the nature of the God witnessed to in the bible. If God is triune, and God keeps promises, what does that mean for how we read the bible? The answer is: with delight. Ok, what’s the next question?

Instructor
Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee

Evangelism for the Shy Christian:
Learning to Speak our Faith Respectfully in the World

Public Lecture:
Friday, Jan 17th, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, Jan 18th, 2020, 10am – 3pm

While the “E Word” is scary to many kind-hearted Christians, together we will learn how to share the “Good News” through words and actions that feel authentic and appropriate in our multi-faith Canadian context.

Instructor
Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart

At a Time Like This, Who Needs Another Apocalypse?
The Book of Revelation and Christian Identity

Public Lecture:
Friday, Feb 21st, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, Feb 22nd, 2020, 10am – 3pm

Most mainline Christians either ignore or dismiss the Book of a Revelation as a violent book contrary to Jesus’ message of love. Yet popular culture and many Christian churches place its ideas and expectations front and center. This course invites us to reconsider the Book of Revelation as a part of the Bible that we should embrace for its call to thoughtful and provocative Christian discipleship.

Instructor
Dr. Harry Maier

Theology for Non-theologians

Public Lecture:
Friday, Mar 13th, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, Mar 14th, 2020, 10am – 3pm

This weekend will look at central topics within the Christian church, such as Trinity and community, what does it mean to be human, Jesus and justice, and the church and the Holy Spirit. In our discussion of these themes we will pay particular attention to the challenges and prospects for Christian confession in a time like ours.

Instructor
Rev. Dr. Richard Topping

Gospel Boom:
The Astounding Growth of Worldwide Christianity

Public Lecture:
Friday, April 17th, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, April 18th, 2020, 10am – 3pm

One-hundred years ago, the homeland of Christianity was Europe and North America. Today, the vast majority of Christians live south of the equator in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. How did this massive change take place, and what does it mean for the future of our faith?

Instructor
Rev. Dr. Robert Paul

Do Justice, Love Mercy

Public Lecture:
Friday, May 22nd, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, May 23rd, 2020, 10am – 3pm

How do people of faith address social justice issues in their local communities and the world community? This workshop uses the book of Amos to explore a Biblical and prophetic basis for involvement in social justice concerns.

Instructor
Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls

Sacred Texts: Where Judaism,
Christianity and Islam Meet

Public Lecture:
Thursday, June 18th, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, June 20th, 2020, 10am – 3pm

Learn about themes common to sacred texts in all three traditions: creation, eschatology, ethics, and the power of God.

Instructor
Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan

Interested in Continuing Education Credits?

For more information contact:
Julie Lees, Recruitment
jlees@vst.edu

Nanaimo 2020

New Eyes for Reading the Old Testament

Public Lecture:
Friday, January 31st, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop: (Registration Required)
Saturday, February 1st, 2020, 10am – 3pm

The Old Testament: Boring? Irrelevant? Beautiful? Intriguing? This introductory lecture and workshop will help participants understand the insights and beauty found in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Background information and resources will allow a hands-on learning experience using a variety of Hebrew Bible passages so that we can hear the many ways God’s people have witnessed about God and our human relation to God. We’ll focus on biblical narratives so that the brilliant storytelling of the Hebrew Bible invites us into a world of wonder and wisdom.

Instructor
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls

Public Lecture & Workshop

Hosted by
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
29 Church Street, Nanaimo, BC

Workshop Registration
$25 Registration Fee
Lunch provided by donation.

Register Now

Langley 2020

Lectures & Workshops held at
United Churches of Langley
Murrayville Site
21562 Old Yale Road
Langley, BC

Friday Evening Lectures
Free Admission

Saturday Workshops
$25 per Workshop (Registration Required)
Refreshments provided.

Lunch
Participants are encouraged to bring lunch.
A catered sandwich lunch is available for $12, collected at the workshop. Please RSVP for lunch when registering. (Unfortunately, dietary requirement cannot be accommodated)

Workshop Registration

Register Now

Theology for Non-theologians

Public Lecture:
Friday, Jan 31st, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, Feb 1st, 2020, 10am – 3pm

On this weekend, students will be introduced to central topics of ongoing discussion within the Christian church. Topics addressed include the Bible and imagination, Trinity and community, what does it mean to be human? Jesus and justice, and the church and the Holy Spirit. By taking this course students will become more fluent in central Christian teachings for the sake of faithfulness and relevance now.

Instructor
Rev. Dr. Richard Topping

Four Gospels Many Resurrections

Public Lecture:
Friday, March 13th, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, March 14th, 2020, 10am – 3pm

Christians place at the centre of their faith the resurrection of Jesus and look to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for information about it. This course considers the resurrection stories in the Gospels as well as other parts of the New Testament in the larger context of each evangelist’s story about Jesus. It asks us to consider both what the resurrection meant for the first followers of Jesus and what it means for us today.

Instructor
Dr. Harry Maier

New Eyes for Reading the Old Testament

Public Lecture:
Friday, April 17th, 2020, 7 – 9pm
Workshop
Saturday, April 18th, 2020, 10am – 3pm

The Old Testament: Boring? Irrelevant? Beautiful? Intriguing? This weekend will help participants understand the insights and beauty found in the Hebrew Bible through hands-on learning so that we can see the ways God’s people have witnessed about God and our human relation to God. We’ll focus on biblical narratives so that the brilliant storytelling of the Hebrew Bible invites us into a world of wonder and wisdom.

Instructor
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls

Interested in Continuing Education Credits?

For more information contact:
Julie Lees, Recruitment
jlees@vst.edu