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The Evening School

The Evening School of Theology (EST) at Virginia Theological Seminary offers opportunities for deepening one's understanding of the Christian faith and experience. In the “traditional” program, courses are open to all who register. The “enriched” program, which offers the opportunity to enroll in a master-level course as an EST participant, requires an application (available online) to be submitted by a stated deadline and complete of the pre-requiste Theological Education Toolbox: An Intro to Theological Education.

Dean Ian Markham is teaching a traditional course this spring, Thinking Through Your Faith beginning on Feb. 5 to April 30. The class will meet from 7:30 to 9:30 PM on Wednesday evenings.

Three Enriched courses are offered in Spring 2014: Theologies of Pluralism; Comparative Theology in a Christian Context; and Johanine Epistles: Christology, Community and Hospitality. Each enriched course has limited enrollment. The deadline for submitting the required application for enrollment is January 29 for the first course and March 12 is the deadline for the other two courses. In addition, any student wishing to apply for the enriched program are required to take the Theological Education Toolbox course.

Click here to Register.

Students in the traditional program may take courses as auditors or may enroll for credit toward the Diploma in Theological Studies. Students in the enriched program take courses for credit even if they do not elect to work towards the Diploma.

Credits in the EST are not transferable to the Seminary or other academic institutions. Tuition is modest, thanks to a bequest from the estate of Maxine Bishop of Alexandria, who was a frequent Evening School participant.