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VST Summer School 2018

During the beautiful month of July, 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.

FREE PUBLIC LECTURES:

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SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES:

Week 1 Mornings: July 9-13 (9:00am – 12:00pm unless otherwise noted on course description)

Re-imagining Ministry with Children and Youth with Dave Csinos

Prophetic Presence: What’s God and the Church’s Role During a Time of Transitional Civilization?  with Philip Clayton

Week 1 Afternoons : July 9-13 (2:00pm – 5:00pm unless otherwise noted on course description)

Ecclesiastes on Living and Dying with Mari Jørstad   

Brilliance and Blindspots: C. S Lewis’s Theology of Love with Jason Lepojarvi  

Loosening the Tongue: The Practice of Preaching without Notes with Melissa Skelton

Weekend: July 12-14 (Thursday 6pm – Saturday 4:30pm)

Thomas Merton’s Advice for Peacemakers with Jim Forest

Week 2 Mornings: July 16-20 (9:00am – 12:00pm unless otherwise noted on course description)

The Return of the Virtues  with Stanley Hauerwas & Ashley Moyse

Worldwide Christianity Today with Bob Paul

Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers with Scott Sinclair

Week 2 Afternoons : July 16-20 (2:00pm – 5:00pm unless otherwise noted on course description)

Zechariah’s Dreams of the Apocalypse with Laura Duhan Kaplan  

Preaching for Growth: A Progressive Approach with  Matt Miofsky

Speaking of Faith: A Dialogic Approach to the Ineffable with Terry Neiman

Course Descriptions:

Summer 2018

cclSAH-PT5/720 – Worldwide Christianity Today

SAH-PT5/720 – Worldwide Christianity Today


ccl Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Paul 

Week 2: July 16-20 The North Atlantic nations of Europe and North America once were the unquestioned center of Christianity. Over the past century, however, the Church has significantly declined in the North Atlantic region and only vestiges of European Christendom remain. In sharp contrast, the Christian movement has grown dramatically in the global South, . . .

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cclHB5/742 – Ecclesiastes on Living and Dying

HB5/742 – Ecclesiastes on Living and Dying


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Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 This course is a topical study of the book of Ecclesiastes. We will read sections of Ecclesiastes in order to reflect on a series of topics, including the history of Israel, the ethics of work, enjoyment and imperial rule, end of life, and faith in a time of social dislocation. . . .

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cclHOM516 – Preaching for Growth: A Progressive Approach

HOM516 – Preaching for Growth: A Progressive Approach


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Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 The divide has long been clear. Evangelicals care about conversion, church growth and individual salvation. Progressives care about systemic sin, social justice, and christian engagement with the world. These features, while exaggerated, have impacted the approaches each camp has towards preaching. But what if evangelism was no longer the property . . .

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cclTH5/724 – Brilliance and Blindspots: C.S. Lewis’s Theology of Love

TH5/724 – Brilliance and Blindspots: C.S. Lewis’s Theology of Love


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Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 The “four” loves Lewis famously distinguished were affection, friendship, eros, and charity or agape. Deceptions and distortions can render the first three dangerous without character and grace. But are there really “four” loves? Is there really such a thing as superior “Christian” love? What exactly is the difference between love . . .

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cclPT5/723 – Re-imagining Ministry with Children and Youth

PT5/723 – Re-imagining Ministry with Children and Youth


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Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 This course will explore the spirituality, theology, and practices surrounding holistic faith formation with children and youth. By digging deep into the purposes, goals, and presuppositions we carry with us into our experiences of ministry, students will learn about and generate best practices for walking alongside young people on the . . .

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cclHOM517 – Loosening the Tongue: The Practice of Preaching without Notes

HOM517 – Loosening the Tongue: The Practice of Preaching without Notes


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Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 In this 5-day course, preachers will preach 5 short sermons composed and prepared and preached in class, receiving feedback on: listeners’ experience that the sermon speaks to them, the sermon’s ability to evoke a “metanoia experience”, the preacher’s presence, and the preacher’s use of the voice and the body in . . .

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cclTH5/725 – Prophetic Presence: What’s God and the Church’s Role During a Time of Transitional Civilization?

TH5/725 – Prophetic Presence: What’s God and the Church’s Role During a Time of Transitional Civilization?


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Week 1: July 9-12, 2018 For centuries Christians have affirmed the providence of God, the unique value of Jesus’ life and teachings, and the special status of the church. What does it mean to affirm these things in an age of pluralism, when all is in flux and the planet itself is threatened? In this . . .

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cclSP525 – Thomas Merton’s Advice for Peacemakers

SP525 – Thomas Merton’s Advice for Peacemakers


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Weekend Course: July 12-14, 2018 (Thursday evening lecture; 9-4:30 Friday and Saturday) Thomas Merton has been a source of inspiration, wisdom and sound advice for countless people, from Pope Francis to the Dali Lama. Peacemaking was a major concern for him. Jim Forest draws of his visits and intense correspondence with Merton during the last seven . . .

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cclTH5/726 – The Return of the Virtues

TH5/726 – The Return of the Virtues


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Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 Stanley Hauerwas will teach from his forthcoming book The Character of Virtue: Letters to a Godson (Eerdmans). The book compiles letters he wrote to Laurie Wells, his Godson, commending a virtue every year on the anniversary of Laurie’s baptism. Hauerwas will also do an evening lecture on Bonhoeffer entitled “Why . . .

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cclHB5/741 – Zechariah’s Dreams of the Apocalypse

HB5/741 – Zechariah’s Dreams of the Apocalypse


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Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 The prophet Zechariah’s apocalyptic dreams have challenged interpreters of Hebrew Bible for centuries. In our class, we will rise to the challenge! We will explore Zechariah’s relevance to our own challenging times, as we study Biblical prophecy, history, justice, dreams, eschatology, symbolism and intertextuality. Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, Ph.D., is Professor . . .

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cclPT124 – Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

PT124 – Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers


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Week 2: July 17-20, 2018 (Mornings July 17, 18 & 20; full day July 19th) Develop Your Skills in Dealing with Financial Information. This course is designed to help managers with little or no experience in accounting or financial management to develop a working knowledge of these critical business areas. Build your confidence in reading . . .

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cclTH5/727 – Speaking of Faith: A Dialogic Approach to the Ineffable

TH5/727 – Speaking of Faith: A Dialogic Approach to the Ineffable


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Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 This seminar will use facilitated dialogue and discussions of key readings to trace the growth of faith-based dialogue from ancient Greece to today. From Plato’s Laws, to Hume’s Dialogues, to the dialogic method of H. G. Gadamer, we will explore how religious dialogue has been – and remains – essential . . .

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Registration


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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 $75 Certificate 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.

Textbooks

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

Tuition

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 2018-2019 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

Accommodations

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]