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The Evening School

Traditional Program
The Traditional courses of the Evening School of Theology provide theological education for lay people who want more than Sunday morning classes. Courses are offered in a variety of topics and teaching styles.


Registration is Open for Spring 2016 Traditional Courses

Peace-making and Spiritual Discipline (SPL 201)

The Right Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
February 9 - April 26, 2016, class will not meet 3/22 or 4/12
Course fee $125.00
What does a Christian have to contribute to the debate about an agreement with Iran? How can we build community in the face of entrenched and often polarized views? What finally brought a measure of peace in Northern Ireland? South Africa? What can we offer in the face of Israel-Palestine? What about our own families and local communities? We will explore the qualities and gifts that are necessary and helpful to peacebuilding through self-examination, investigation of historical conflicts, and reflection on current challenges.

The Elements of Biblical Greek (LAN 201)
Dr. Tony Lewis
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
February 1 - April 25 (no class, 2/10/ 2/17, 3/21, 3/23, 3/28)
Course fee $175.00
Enriching the study of the New Testament happens when one begins to understand how the original language of New Testament works. This course which meets two nights each week is meant to "open the door" to that world. Because of time constraints this course is not able to present a whole year of Elementary Greek. But it will assist the student in learning sufficient vocabulary and grammar to read simple sentences based on the New Testament text and in being able to use the resources necessary in understanding the meaning of the words of the New Testament's text. Limit: 12 students (credit/ non-credit: no auditors). Evening School credit (1) in the area of Scripture. Basic commitment: to be present at all classes and to be actively engaged in learning.
Required Textbooks
L. William Countryman, Read it in Greek. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993. ISBN 978-0-8028-0665-9 (pb)
William D. Mounce, Biblical Greek (Study Guide). ISBN 978-0-310-26294-7
Recommended Textbook
Danker, Frederick William, The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.  ISBN 978-0226136158

Biblical Theology (STH 101)
Dr. Stephen Cook
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
February 9 - March 15, 2016
Course fee $75.00
All Christians should care about Biblical Theology, the study of how the two testaments of Scripture make sense as God's Word for God's people.  You are invited to study the great theological streams of thinking in the Bible and to practice wrestling with how the Bible works as the church's Scripture, rather than as a collection of antiquarian artifacts.

*NEW FORMAT! Two learning options: Take " Biblical Theology" as a six-week non-credit class OR continue for an additional four weeks for more in-depth study and to work towards Evening School (1) credit in the area of Scripture. The independent seminar (STH 200-01) will meet on 3/29, 4/5, 4/12 and 4/19 with the instructor. Learn more about the Diploma in Theological Studies offered by the Evening School of Theology.




How to Register

Enroll 1-2-3

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.