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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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What are Humans For?: Community and Vocation

Posted on July 4, 2018 by hunter

If you got baptised in the first centuries of the church, you would have a short dialogue with the minister. He’d ask you a series of questions: “Do you believe in God?” and you would say, “I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.’ ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ? And . . .


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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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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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