The Evening School

Traditional Program
Courses in the traditional Evening School of Theology provide theological education for lay people who want more than Sunday morning classes. There is an open enrollment policy for all who wish to register. Students may audit or take classes for credit.

Theological Education Toolbox: An Introduction to Theological Education
Ms. Linda Lanam, CHT 200
Tuesday & Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM
August 19-August 28
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. Register Now

The Word, The World, and the Whisper: Recognizing God's Creative Spark in Our Lives
Ms. Lois Cecsarini, Dr. Kathleen Staudt, & guest lecturers, SPL 200
Thursdays 7:30-9:30 PM
September 11-November 18
Come explore the deep connection between biblical story, life experience and the creative process. Guided by guest artists who engage Scripture in their work, we'll invite our own inner artist to respond to God's Word in the world. As part of that response, we'll collaborate on a final, creative class project. Register Now

Found in Translation: How Words Inform
Dr. Andrew Guffey, OTS 101
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
October 14-November 18
Have you ever read a passage of the Bible and thought, "I wonder what that word really means?" Or wondered why Bible translations vary from one version to the next? We will explore the fundamentals of translating biblical texts and learn what resources are available to people who want to study Scripture in depth, but do not read Hebrew or Greek. With the right tools, what is lost in translation can still be found. Register Now
Linda Lanam is a part-time instructor at VTS in Old Testament and Oral Interpretation of Scritpure, as well as manaaging the Writing Center. She holds an M.T.A. from VTS and a B.S. and J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington and is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Lois Cecsarini is a playwright and composer. After 20+ years in the Foreign Service, Lois received her MA in Theological Studies from VTS. Her musical, Eve's Big Fat Family Reunion was presented at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.

Kathleen Staudt is a poet, scholar, spiritual director and instructor at VTS and Wesley Theological Seminary. She is the author of Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture, and Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life, and is also included in the anthology Imago Dei.

Andrew Guffey (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is a scholar of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity. He finished his Anglican Year at VTS in 2014, and is an ordained deacon (transitional) in The Episcopal Church.