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The Evening School

Evening School of Theology
Traditional Program
Enriched Program
Instructors
Enriched Program

Latin American Theology in Context: History, Culture and Society (STH 300 01)
Instructor Sharon E. Heaney
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Feb. 1 – Mar 14, 2016
Course Fee $200.00
This course offers the opportunity to explore the Latin American theological landscape. Students will seek to understand the historical backdrop of the continent and the implications of colonialism on society. The variety and richness of the Latin American cultural heritage will be explored. In light of this, the diversity of the Christian witness on the continent will be presented to enable students to assess the role of the Catholic Church, the faces of Latin American Protestantism and the spread of Pentecostalism.
 
This course is open to all students. It is recommended for those students who will encounter Spanish speakers in their community or congregation and also for those interested in building relationships with faith communities in Latin America.  A knowledge of Spanish is not required for this course as English texts will be provided. However, those students keen to immerse themselves in the Spanish language will be given the opportunity to do so.


Latin American Theology: Liberation Themes (STH 300 02)
Instructor Sharon E. Heaney
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Apr 4 – May 9, 2016
Course fee $200.00
Prerequisites: None. However, Latin American Theology in Context recommended.
This course offers an introduction to the context in which the theology of liberation flourished. In light of such challenges, significant theological themes arose in Catholic and Protestant Latin American thought. Themes including Liberation, Christology, the Kingdom of God, Ecclesiology, Transformation and Social Responsibility will be explored. We will reflect on the influence of these themes for faith and culture beyond liberation theology itself.
 
This course is open to all students. It is developed for those seeking to structure a theological understanding of the themes of liberation and social justice. It is also recommended for students who will encounter Spanish speakers in their community or congregation and for those interested in building relationships with faith communities in Latin America.  A knowledge of Spanish is not required for this course as English texts will be provided. However, those students keen to immerse themselves in the Spanish language will be given opportunity to do so.


Muhammad: Man and Mission (Part 1) (GCM 300 01)
Instructor Zeyneb Sayilgan
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Feb. 3 – Mar 9, 2016
Course fee $200.00
This course will examine the life and legacy of Prophet Muhammad. As the founding figure of Islam, Muhammad continues to shape the lives of over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. This course aims to explore how Muslims have related to their Prophet. First, we will examine the historical context in which his life story unfolded. Second, we will look at the sources that provide Muslims guidance on how to emulate the Prophetic example. Special attention will be given on how these sources continue to influence Muslim intellectual discourse today.


Muhammad: Man and Mission (Part 2) (GCM 300 02)
Instructor Zeyneb Sayilgan
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Mar 30 – May 4, 2016
Course fee $200.00
Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, remains a controversial figure in the eyes of many non-Muslims. In this second part of the course "Muhammad: Man and Mission" we will study critical Western accounts on Muhammad and how Muslims have responded to these criticisms. These will include Muhammad’s many marriages and his involvement in warfare. We will analyze some of the more recent controversies like the Danish cartoons debate, the Muhammad video or the Charlie Hebdo drawings.


Biblical Storytelling: Sacred Space (HOM 300 01)
Professor Ruthanna Hooke
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Mar 30 – May 4, 2016
Course fee $200.00
Biblical storytelling is a course for preachers, and for all who wish to discover the liveliness of the Word of God in scripture. In this course we will learn by heart and tell a range of stories from scripture that tell the story of our Christian faith from Genesis to Revelation. Throughout the course, we will engage techniques of performance that enable us to be more fully present, passionate, and expressive in our communication of sacred story. The focus of this year’s course is to tell the story of sacred space in scripture--from the sacred space of Eden to the Promised Land and the temple, to Jesus Christ as the new temple, to the Eucharist as sacred space, and to the vision of the new heaven and earth in Revelation. One focus in telling this story is to heighten our sense of responsibility to care for creation as sacred space, particularly in this time of ecological crisis. Participants will create an ensemble production of this story, to be offered to the seminary community at the conclusion of this course. The goal of the course is to renew and deepen our relationship with scripture, so that this relationship can inform our preaching in life-giving ways.


An Introduction to Theological Education (CTS 101)
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required course, cross-listed under Evening School, Traditional Program
Enriched students who entered in Fall 2015 take it at this time)
Ms. Linda Lanam, CHT 200
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
January 5, 12, 19, 26 & February 2, 2016

Course fee $50.00
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.
How to Register

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To enroll in one of the Spring 2016 courses follow these instructions:
1. Apply Online - For traditional courses choose the "Evening School" application and for enriched courses choose the "Enriched Evening School" application. If you applied for the fall term 2015 then you do not need to complete this first step. 
2. Register - New students will be sent information on how to access myVTS to register for courses. Current students may log-in to myVTS and register for the spring courses.
3. Pay - The finance office will invoice students once they have registered. The invoice will be available from your myVTS account.
In our programming we strive to:
  • encourage a lifetime of learning
  • feed the people of God through exciting programs
  • provide intensive theological learning environments
  • utilize contemporary teaching methods
  • offer continuing education to refresh lay and ordained leadership
  • empower lay leadership through challenging biblical and theological courses

Questions? Email lte@vts.edu
For campus guest housing, contact Jeffri Harre at jharre@vts.edu.