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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.


FAll TERM 2016 - One more course to be added to the schedule

Worship: 100,000 Sundays
Dr. Gail Ramshaw
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
September 13 - October 22, 2016 - (LTG-101) Six-week audit course,
no class October 4,
November 1 - 22, 2016 - (LTG-201) Four-week credit seminar
Course fee $75.00 for six-week course + $50.00 for four-week course
Religions use symbols and rituals to enact their beliefs. Using a textbook she has written, Gail Ramshaw will teach a course on Christian symbol and ritual by studying the development of and current practices at Sunday worship. Beginning with a discussion of what symbols and rituals are, the class will consider a wide variety of Sunday worship services, as conducted 100,000 Sundays ago, 75,000 Sundays ago, 50,000 Sundays ago, 25,000 Sundays ago, and over the past 10,000 Sundays. Participants will be encouraged to join in class discussions of the textbook, the suggested videos, and their own experiences of Christian worship. Participants auditing the course attend the first six class sessions; students taking the course for credit attend also the last four class sessions and complete a written and oral project.

Two learning options: Take " Worship: 100,000 Sundays" 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 (LTG 201) will meet on 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22 with the instructor. Learn more about the Diploma in Theological Studies offered by the Evening School of Theology. Evening School credit (1) in the area of liturgy.

Gail Ramshaw, one of today's most important and influential thinkers about liturgy and a retired professor of religion at La Salle University, studies and crafts liturgical language from her home in Arlington, Virginia. She has published many books about worship, including Treasures Old and New: Images in the Lectionary, God beyond Gender: Feminist Christian God-Language, and Christian Worship: 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and Rituals. Her prayers have been included in the worship resources of several denominations here and abroad.

Required Textbooks
Ramshaw, Gail, 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and Rituals. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0800662332


Spring 2016 Preview

Ethics 101: Ethics for Every Christian: From social issues to sex
Dr. Ian Markham
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Begins February 2017, dates TBD
Course fee $125.00
Evening School elective credit (1) of two needed for the evening school diploma.

Family Ministries
Dr. Amy Dyer
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
February 7 - March 14, 2017, (CED 101) Six-week audit course
March 28 - April 25, 2016 -- (CED 201) Four-week credit seminar, no class April 12
Course fees $75.00 for six-week course + $50.00 for four-week seminar
The purpose of this course is to explore biblically, theologically, and the implications of the nurture of, the ministry to, and the ministry of families in the Church today and in the future. Participants will further their understanding of family ministry while designing and developing strategies for effective ministry with families. One (1) elective Evening School credit of two needed for the evening school diploma.

Enroll 1-2-3

1. Apply Online - Start here if you are new to the Evening School or did not fill out the application since August 2015. For traditional courses choose the "Evening School" application and for enriched courses choose the "Enriched Evening School" application.

2. Register -
  • Current students log-in to myVTS to register.
  • New students will receive an email on how to access myVTS to register for 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.