Events

SOMERVILLE LECTURE

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014,7:00 Pm
Chapel of the Epiphany, 6030 Chancellor Boulevard

Mystics and the Mind: Towards an Understanding of Interfaith Spirituality with Laura Duhan Kaplan
Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan will speak about a spiritual basis for interfaith understanding found in mysticism and depth psychology, These disciplines describe common dimensions of a human encounter with the Divine that finds expression in different theologies and religious traditions. Free admission.

CHANCELLOR’S DINNER

Thursday, SEPT. 25, 2014,5:30 Pm
University Golf Club, 5185 University Boulevard

Featuring pre-dinner reception, guest speaker Stevie Cameron, a sneak preview  of the new VST and a smashing four course meal. This is an event not to be missed! For reservations call 604.822.6315 or email Lisa at lwittman@vst.edu

EVENING AND WEEKEND COURSES

Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Patricia Vickers
Sept. 12-13 / Oct.10-11 / Nov.14-15: Fridays 6pm-9pm & Saturdays 9am–5pm
This course will assist students with inquiring into the Indigenous mind as a way of thinking and being rather than a concept of identity and separation. Throughout all exploration, the emphasis will be on foundational spiritual teachings from Indigenous ancestral protocol and the teachings of Christ.

Spiritual Formation in Communities:

This course explores spiritual formation in three religious traditions. It is taught over three weekends, each of which will be dedicated to one of the traditions and spirituality as practiced by the instructor. Study of approaches to spirituality and specific spiritual practices will develop the student’s skills in understanding spirituality in general and the particular forms and ways of spirituality for each tradition.

Muslim Spiritual Formation with Seemi Ghazi
Fri. Sept.19, 6-9pm / Sat. Sept. 20th, 9am–5pm
Indigenous Spiritual Formation with Samaya Jardey
Fri. Oct. 17, 6-9pm / Sat. Oct. 18, 9am–5pm
Jewish Spiritual Formation with Laura Duhan Kaplan
Thur. Nov 13, 6-9pm / Fri. Nov. 14, 9am–5pm

Theology in a World of Differences
with Stephen Chambers
Wednesday Evenings, 6-9pm from September 10 – November 26, 2014

As pastoral leaders and public theologians, we find ourselves often in conversations that matter greatly. To be respectful and to be clearly articulate are challenges we all face, whether the conversation is in a coffee shop, from a pulpit/lectern or on social media. This course will further the student’s competence across lines of difference by deepening understandings of contextuality and pluralism.

All classes held at Chapel of the Epiphany, 6030 Chancellor Boulevard

VST OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, Nov.13, 2014, 8:30 am–3:00 pm
Meet at the Chapel of the Epiphany, 6030 Chancellor Boulevard

Coffee and muffins to start your day • Morning Prayer • Sit in on a class

Onsite tour of the new VST building under construction! • Community Worship & Principal’s Luncheon • Meet with Registrar’s Office staff
This event is free, but please RSVP to: shannonl@vst.edu

VST ACADEMY AT CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, VICTORIA

Friday, Nov. 7 & Saturday Nov. 8, 2014
930 Burdett Ave, Victoria

Picturing Paul in Empire Then and Now with Harry O. Maier
How did the realities of the Roman Empire help to shape the theology and mission of the apostle Paul and his followers? With the help of Roman imperial imagery we will explore how Paul at once opposed the Roman Empire and took over its language and imagery as a way to  articulate his own vision of God’s reign in the crucified and raised Jesus.

VST ACADEMY AT HILLHURST UNITED CHURCH, CALGARY

Friday, Oct. 24 & Saturday oct. 25, 2014
1227 Kensington Close NW, Calgary

Fishing Tips: 9 Things that Help Grow a Church with John Pentland
This course will lead students through nine factors—theological, Jesus-centred and culture centred—that help churches grow. The course will encourage fishing ‘on the other side.’ For those interested in the formation of Christian community that is vibrant, relevant and passionate in its connections between faith and life, this course provides an opportunity to learn from an instance where church works.
Visit www.vst.edu for more information and registration.

FACULTY SPEAKER DAY

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Lounge, Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, 2733 West 41st Ave.

Come meet and listen to our brilliant faculty speak to the question of  ‘Theological Education: What Difference Does it Make To You?’ The format for
the afternoon will be an informal ‘sound-byte’ series of short lectures.  Coffee, tea & light refreshments served. This event is free, but please RSVP to: shannonl@vst.edu

CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH

Saturday, January 31, 9am–4pm
Storytelling and the Spiritual Lives of Children
14th Bi-Annual Ecumenical Event with Storyteller
Jung Jaadee (Haida) and Keynote Speaker
Martin Brokenleg (Lakota)Chapel of the Epiphany, 6030 Chancellor Boulevard

Join Haida storyteller, Kung Jaadee, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg as they explore with us the power of storytelling and its unique place in the spiritual lives of our children. A morning storytelling performance and keynote address, and a wide variety of afternoon workshops will stimulate, engage and delight participants.