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VST receives $400K Henry Luce Foundation grant

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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 will bring the best of Indigenous Christianity into the framework of traditional Indigenous practice, Indigenous understanding of knowledge, style and pace of learning.

Through sharing, celebrating, story-telling and biblical interpretation with pastoral awareness, a context of ceremonial space will be created to allow a community’s capacity to engage in supportive ministry with and for each other to flourish. Using a variety of tools, including Appreciative Inquiry methodology, and developing a consensus that focuses upon identifying and strengthening competencies, a team of four to six leaders/elders live and learn with fifteen to twenty-five persons in community over many days. This concept, in various parts, has been tested with Indigenous communities in Hawaii, North Dakota, Montana, Northern British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba.

The lasting benefit will be individuals in each community able to start and lead support groups for people seeking to rebuild relationships in their lives. The results of their achievements will become both model and motivation for other communities to enter into this process of education and healing.

This grant to establish The Teaching House that Moves Around will enhance the work and role of the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology and be one more example of a practical implementation of the VST Promise to form and educate thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the sake of the world God loves.

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Chancellor’s Dinner Speaker – Haisla Chief Crystal Smith

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Ian

The Vancouver School of Theology is honoured to announce that the Haisla Nation’s Chief Councilor Crystal Smith will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Chancellor’s Dinner. Crystal Smith is the elected Chief Councilor for the Haisla Nation Council. She is working within the Haisla Nation to create opportunities for industry and business to invest . . .


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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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Thoughtful, Engaged & Generous Leadership Award

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Ian

The Vancouver School of Theology is delighted to announce the details of a significant new leadership award. The VST 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. The VST Principal’s T-E-G Award is not restricted . . .


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VST Names 2019 Honourary Doctor of Divinity Degree Recipients

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Ian

The Vancouver School of Theology is delighted to announce the selection of its 2019 honourary degree recipients. This prestigious degree is open to individuals who exemplify the values of VST, and who have made significant contributions through the integration of theology and practice of ministry in one or more of: theological scholarship, ecumenical dialogue, the . . .


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