Vancouver School of Theology

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


VST Summer School 2017

During the beautiful months of July and August, VST will again host an exciting array of courses. This is a terrific way to spend some time on the beautiful UBC campus while sampling what VST has to offer.


When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty – Theology is not Exempt” with Rev. Martin Rumscheidt
Monday July 3, 7:00pm Epiphany Chapel: 6130 Chancellor Blvd. UBC Campus

Western Monastics Look East with Dr. Bonnie Thurston
Thursday July 6, 7:00pm Carey Lecture Hall (Note location change): 5920 Iona Drive, UBC Campus

New Christian Reformers and the Jews with Dr. Peter Ochs
Monday July 10, 7:00pm St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Anglican Church: 2490 W. 37th Ave, Vancouver

Woman of the Cloth: Confessions of a Rogue Priest with Rev. Dr. Kate Bruce 
Friday August 11, 7:00pm Epiphany Chapel: 6130 Chancellor Blvd. UBC Campus



July 3-7, 2017

Mornings (9am – 12pm)

Governmental Oppression and Ecclesial Resistance with Rev. Martin Rumscheidt

“…with Christian mantras and a great sense of destiny…”: Thomas Merton’s Travels in Eastern Religions with Dr. Bonnie Thurston

Afternoons (2pm – 5pm)

Going Deeper/Reaching Wider with Professor Anthony Robinson


Weekend Course: Thurs – Sat. July 6-8, 2017
The Art of Holy Listening: Contemplation and Accompaniment with Lois Huey Heck, Dawn Kilarski, Tim Scorer, Barry Vall


July 10-14, 2017

Mornings (9am – 12pm)

Sacred Dying: Pastoral Care, End of Life, and the 21st Century with R. Megory Anderson

The Unfolding of Christian Community in the 21st Century with Rev. Beth-Ann Estock


July 17-19, 2017: 9am-3pm daily

Practicing God’s Presence: A Theology of Prayer with Dr. Marjorie Suchocki


August 11-14, 2017

Preaching: Igniting the Heart or Losing the Will to Live? with Rev. Dr. Kate Bruce

Course Information


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Course Expectations and Course Credits

Summer courses are open to all interested participants. There are no prerequisites or theological training needed to audit a course. Auditors attend and participate in the course but are not required to submit any assignments for grading.

Continuing Education Certificate Credit

If reading and writing help you engage more deeply with course material, you may want to consider taking a class for Continuing Education Certificate credit. Work expectations include preparation and reading before the start of the course with a graded reflection paper following. A small Certificate administration fee is added to the auditing price.

Certificate in Theological Studies

Degree Credit

Most Summer School courses are also available for either basic or advanced graduate degree credit. If you are interested in taking a course for degree credit towards your VST degree program, or to transfer into a comparable theological degrees elsewhere, do not register online, but contact the VST Registrar at [email protected].

Course Outlines and Required Readings

The course outline and required reading texts will be posted online. Please see the ‘link’ at the bottom of each course description.


Please make your own arrangements for acquisition of the Required Texts for your course through your local bookstores. Online bookstores such as or have competitive prices with fast shipping to your neighbourhood.


VST keeps the cost of its summer courses as low as possible so that they are accessible to all. The cost to audit a course is $250. To take a course for continuing education certificate credit is $325. Degree tuition follows the regular tuition rates set for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please contact the VST Registrar for information on degree tuition.

Financial Aid

The H.R. MacMillan Fund for Clergy Continuing Education provides funding for Clergy continuing education in British Columbia, or for any clergy person taking courses at Vancouver School of Theology.

Application Forms

Course Cancellation

In the event of low registrations, some courses may be cancelled.  Please register early to avoid disappointment. Information on course cancellation will be available on our website in early June. If VST has to cancel a course, you will be given a full refund.

Withdrawal Policy

If you withdraw from a course, notification must be received in writing to the Registrar by the dates below, in all cases $25/course will be non-refundable. Of the remaining fees, the following are refunded depending on the date of withdrawal:

• 100% refunded if notification received 7 days prior to the 1st day of classes;
• 80% refunded if notification received between 7 days and the 1st day of classes;
• 40% refunded if notification received by the 2nd day of classes;
• After the 2nd day of classes, no refund can be given


Carey Centre:  Phone: 604-224-4308
Next door to VST. Single or queen rooms with en-suite bathrooms and linen service.  Also a limited number of fully furnished apartments.

St. Andrew’s Hall:  Phone: 604-822-9720 or e-mail [email protected]
Also next door to VST, St. Andrews offer summer Quad Apartments: four single, private bedrooms, two shared baths, and shared kitchen and common area, including a limited number of fully disabled-accessible.

UBC: Pacific Spirit Hostel, West Coast Suites and Walter Gage Towers: – Phone 604-822-1000 or email [email protected] 

TRIUMF House: Phone (604) 222-7633 or email [email protected]