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The Evening School

Enriched Program
Courses in the enriched program are master's-level courses offering limited enrollment to Evening School students. Applicants to the enriched program are reviewed and approved by the seminary. Theological Education Toolbox: An Introduction to Theological Education course is required within one year of entering the Enriched program.

The application and registration process for the Enriched Evening school program is now online! To register for the enriched program, follow this link to the LTE pages in the VTS Admissions module.

The process will be similiar to the previous process with a few changes:
  1. Apply Online -- Fill out and submit the application online. You do not need to login to my VTS - everyone has access to the online application form.
  2. Register Online -- Instructions to register for a specific course will be sent once an application to the program has been processed and approved. To register, you will use your myVTS login and password for registering. Do remember that enriched courses have limited enrollment.
  3. Payment - The Finance office will send an invoice after your registration is completed. You will be able to login to myVTS to pay online or contact the Finance office directly to pay. You may lose your space in a class if payment has not been received seven days before a class begins.

The first step, apply online, is completed one time for the enriched program as long as you are activitely taking classes. In the future, an email notification will be sent to current students with the registration link and instructions.

Enriched Evening School Rota
Fall Term 2015 begins week of September 8
Limited enrollment for all classes.
Fees: Quarter $200. Semester $300.

Beginning Ecclesiastical Latin (LAN 300)
Mr. Daniel Perett
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:45 PM - 8:10 PM
9/8/15 to 12/15/15 (no class, 10/13, 10/29)
Course fee $300.00
This course offers an introduction to the Latin language, with particular emphasis on the vocabulary of Christian authors and texts. Students will begin to develop familiarity with Latin grammar and syntax, and will be given the opportunity to strengthen their skills through translation of sentences and short extracts from biblical, theological, musical, and liturgical texts of the Christian tradition.

Church Architecture (RCL 300)
Dr. Amelia Dyer and Dr. Robert Prichard
Wednesdays, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM
9/9/15 to 12/16/15 (no class, 10/28)
Worship spaces teach and form Christian communities. This course will provide the historical context of church architecture specifically focusing on Western Christianity; draw connections between cultural values of the Christian community; offer methods to evaluate contemporary worship spaces; and provide church leaders methods ways in which church leaders to collaborate on building and redesigning existing buildings that advance the church's mission.

Conflict and Congregational Leaders (TPM 300)
Dr. Joyce Mercer
Mondays, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM
9/14/15 to 12/14/15 (no class, 10/12)
Course fee $300.00
Christians, like other people, fight from time to time. Sometimes conflict offers a space for creative change. Often, however, it can be harmful and destructive. Good leadership in conflict situations is critical in the church today. This course focuses on understanding the dynamics of conflict and conflict transformation, from the standpoint of faithful public church leadership.

Church Administration and Finances (TPM 301)
Ms. Heather Zdancewicz
Tuesdays, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM
11/2/15 to 12/15/15 (no class, 10/13)
Course fee $200.00
This course will broadly examine the practical elements of parish administration focusing primarily on financial reporting and management.  We will explore acquiring and managing the financial resources available to the church organization by studying theory and actual financial situations.  Particular focus will be given to financial statements, annual giving,

Exploring Islam: Faith and Practice
Ms. Zayneb Sayilgan
Wednesdays, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM
9/9/15 to 12/16/15 (no class, 10/28)
Course fee $300.00
This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the essentials of Islam. It explores the different ways in which Muslims have interpreted and put into practice the prophetic message of Muhammad through historical and phenomenological analyses. After examining Islam's origin and historical context, we will focus on the main aspects of the tradition such as Qur'an, Sunna, law, ritual and spirituality in order to explore the key teachings of Islam.

Foundations of Christian Spirituality
Dr. Kathleen Brown
Thursdays, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM
9/10/15 to 12/10/15 (no class, 10/29)
Course fee $300.00
This course is to explore foundational themes in Christian spirituality, from the points of view of both  the classical traditions  (Carmelite, Franciscan, Salesian, etc.) and contemporary spiritual writers. These sources provide frameworks for reflection on prayer, vocation, discernment, conversion, and suffering.

required course, cross-listed under Evening School, Traditional Program:
Theological Education Toolbox: An Introduction to Theological Education
Ms. Linda Lanam, CHT 200
next scheduled for January 2016, entering Fall 2015 enriched students may take it at this time.
An introduction to the tools, terms and traditions needed to lay a foundation as an Evening School student at Virginia Theological Seminary. Students must be present for three of the four class meetings to pass the course. This course is a non-credit, pass/fail prerequisite course for the Enriched Evening School program and does not count towards the Evening School diploma.
Instructors
Amelia Dyer is the James Maxwell Professor of Christian Education and Pastoral Theology, and Director of the Ministry Resident Program.

Robert Prichard  is The Arthur Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America, and Instructor in Liturgics.

Joyce Mercer is The Arthur Kinsolving Professor in Pastoral Theology.

Heather Zdancewicz serves as the Vice President for Administration and Finance.