At VST we are called to form thoughtful, engaged and generous disciples of Jesus Christ for service to the church and the world. Theological education combines the love of scholarship, courage to take up the issues of our time and readiness to collaborate with our local and global neighbours for the good of God’s world. Together with First nations communities and other faith traditions, we engage issues of truth, justice and spiritual growth.
Fall Open House
Nov. 2, 2017 • 9am–5pm • Lunch Included!
Spend the day at VST meeting faculty, students and staff, attending worship, sitting in on a class, and dreaming of yourself here.
RSVP to Julie Lees at jlees [at] vst [dot] edu by Oct. 31.
Making a Difference in a Shifting World
Nov. 8, 2017 • 1-2 pm • Chapel of the Epiphany
Our world is shifting politically, spiritually and environmentally. Many religious leaders feel called to speak and act. What are the best ways to make a difference? Join VST faculty from various traditions and denominations for a panel presentation followed by discussion. With Dr. Harry Maier, Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan, Rev. Dr. Bob Paul, and Rev. Dr. Richard Topping. We will begin with a recognition of Kristallnacht, and the importance of spiritual leaders speaking and acting for justice.
This event is free and open to the general public.
Martin Memorial Lectures Features Rev. Ray Aldred
Nov. 8-10 • College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, Regina, Saskatchewan
The Martin Memorial Lectures at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in will be held November 8 – 10, 2017. The speaker is Rev. Ray Aldred, Director of Indigenous Studies at VST. All lectures and the workshop will be held in the Otto Olson Memorial Library, main floor of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 114 Seminary Crescent. Compline and the closing worship will take place in the Chapel, also on the main floor. For more information visit here.
Piyyut: Traditions of Jewish Liturgical Poetry
Nov. 16, 2017 • 12 pm • Chapel of the Epiphany
Jewish synagogue practice includes a rich multicultural tradition of liturgical poetry. Medieval and modern poets blended biblical motifs, Arabic rhythms, and evolving musical traditions to create beautiful songs. Some influenced the development of Christian hymns. Learn about the history and experience the music with Cantorial Soloist Debby Fenson, Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, and the musicians of Sulam.
This event is free and open to the general public.
Glen Soderholm in Concert
Nov. 17, 2017 • 7 pm • Chapel of the Epiphany
Glen Soderholm, singer/songwriter from Guelph, Ontario, will be performing in the Chapel of the Epiphany, at VST, on Friday, November 17. Glen is an ordained Presbyterian minister, who is currently involved in a house church plant, and is serving the wider church musically.
This (free!) concert will be a great way to move into Advent. All are welcome! The concert is sponsored by VST, St. Andrew’s Hall, and University Hill Congregation.
For more on Glen you can visit his website here.
Dwelling in the Wilderness: Place, Landscape, and the Sacred Among Catholic Monks in the American West.
Nov. 22, 2017 • 1-2 pm • VST Rm. 218
A monk’s purpose is to seek God, and monks in Roman Catholic tradition are specifically called to seek God in place. This is why 12th-century Trappist monk Stephen Harding called monks lovers of the place. By devoting their lives to a single community often located in remote and secluded locales, monks find God in the eccentricities of their fellow monks, and the particularities of the created order. Although ‘dwelling in the wilderness’, as this talk is entitled, might seem like a paradox to contemporary ears, for the monk whose sole purpose is to seek the paradise of God in the wilderness of the human heart, it is a way of life.
All are welcome to attend this Research Colloquium.
Jason M. Brown
Research Associate at VST
Ph.D. Candidate, The Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability (IRES) | University of British Columbia,
Vancouver Holyscapes Project
VST Announces partnership with Huron University College
Vancouver School of Theology and Huron University College announce an affiliation for theological education designed for ministry candidates in The United Church of Canada. Students in the London, Ontario area can now study locally while enrolled at Vancouver School of Theology in distance education.
The VST program at Huron is a 90 credit degree. It may be completed in three years of study or up to seven years part-time. The M.Div program combines off site (online) courses through VST and in-class courses at Huron University College.
The degree and United Church Testamur are granted through VST. Courses are accessed as synchronous (real time interaction with class and instructor) or asynchronous (recorded and listened to online later).
Huron University College through its United Church faculty will deliver pastoral theology and field education courses, while VST will deliver the rest of the program through its distance M.Div. program. The VST at Huron partnership provides a solution for students who cannot readily move or commute multiple days of the week. This program will begin in January 2018.