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Intensives @ VTS

Weeklong Intensives at Virginia Theological Seminary
Summer 2015                                  
  
Explore, reflect and study alongside graduate students at Virginia Theological Seminary. Choose a subject matter that stretches your knowledge while immersing yourself in an intensive theological learning environment. Registration Opening Soon! Questions? Email lte@vts.edu.

WEEK ONE: JUNE 22 - 26, 2015


Fostering Cultures of Spiritual Guidance (DMIN)

Dr. Kathleen Brown, SPL 302
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
, June 22-26, 2015
This course will explore the ministry of spiritual guidance, the art of guiding someone in the ways of spiritual practice and discernment, and the basic skills of spiritual direction.

Theological Anthropology (MA)
Mr. Lyndon Shakespeare, RCL 301
Monday to Friday, 8:45 am -11:45 am, June 22-26, 2015
In this course, we will examine questions of human identity and purpose as considered within a theological framework. The goal is to provide a foundation for 'thinking the human' (R. Jenson) in a time and age where what constitutes human purpose and meaning are notions under regular refinement.


WEEK TWO: JUNE 29 - JULY 3, 2015

Public Witness and Community Partnership (DMIN)
The Rev. Dr. David Gortner, RCL 302
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am, June 29-July 3, 2015
This course provides an intensive examination of different forms of Christian engagement in the public square, different pathways of the Church's influence in public and political life, and different partnerships forged creatively that cross "sacred/secular" divisions in order to address social problems, foster societal transformation, and strengthen the common good.

WEEK THREE: JULY 6 - JULY 10, 2015
Religious Diversity in Institutional Settings (DMIN)

The Rev. Dr. James Farwell, RCL 303
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am, July 6-10, 2015

This course will explore the ministry of spiritual guidance, the art of guiding someone in the ways of spiritual practice and discernment, and the basic skills of spiritual direction.


Philosophy and Ministry: unpacking the hard questions about God (DMIN)
Dr. Jeffrey Willetts, STH 302
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am, July 6-10, 2015
The purpose of this course is to survey and analyze some of the most vexing questions about God that inevitably arise in the course of ministry. What does it mean to say, God exists? Does God really answer prayers? Does God cause miracles to happen? Why does God allow evil in the world?

ONLINE COURSES: JUNE 22-JULY 10, 2015
Visual Art and Interpretation of the Gospels (MA)

Dr. Andrew Guffey, NTS 301
This course we will explore the visual reception of various scenes from the four Gospels of the New Testament. We will analyze works of art that depict passages from the Gospels, to understand how such artistic works actively interpret even as they depict. This online course will utilize platforms for online collaboration, through which all members of the class will contribute their insights and learn from each other.