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A Taste of Evening School
September 6, 2016
6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join the Evening School and Multicultural Ministries as we kick-off the fall term with a reception, course information, registration and our speaker, the Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, "Faithful Leadership in the Face of Social Unrest and Racial Division."
Reception + course informaton + registration +lecture
Please RSVP


TRADITIONAL COURSES  - FAll TERM 2016

Introduction to the New Testament (NTS 201 01)
The Rev. Peter Antoci, Ph.D.
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
September 13 - November 22, 2016,
no class October 4
Course fee $125.00
Did you know that the New Testament, the story of the early Christian communities, is both a Jewish text and a Greco-Roman text of the first century CE? Did you know that the themes, structures, symbols and metaphors are all part of the larger framework of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Hellenic Bioi? This course introduces the New Testament writings as Jewish and Greco-Roman literature of the 1st century CE. The goal of the course is to identify, analyze and interpret some of the major themes and literary forms found in this text. Toward that end, the course will draw upon historical and literary research so as to understand the formation of the New Testament as a 1st century Jewish midrash, which eventually became a religious canon for the early Christian community. Evening School one (1) credit towards two (2) credits needed in the area of Scripture for diploma.

Required Texts
Books: Richard A. Burridge. What Are the Gospels: A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography. Eerdmans. 2004. (ISBN: 0-8028-0971-5)
Bruce M. Metzger. The New Testament: Its Background, Growth and Content. 3rdEdition. Abingdon. 2003. (ISBN: 0-687-05263-7)

Recommended Study Bible
• The New Oxford Annotated Bible
• Harper Collins Study Bible

Handouts (uploaded to myVTS)
Excerpts from: M.Hilton, G.Marshall. The Gospels & Rabbinic Judaism: A Study Guide. KTAV Publishing. 1988


Worship: 100,000 Sundays

Gail Ramshaw, Ph.D.
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

ENRICHED COURSES  - FAll TERM 2016
Enriched courses are master's level couses offering limited enrollment to Evening School students.

Introduction to Theological Research and Writing (CTS 302 01)
Ms. Sharon Heaney
September 7 - December 7, 2016
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
Course fee $300.00
This course will strengthen the skills of academic research and writing in a theological context. Students will learn to use research libraries and resources effectively and with confidence in order to prepare their written assignments with clarity, depth and academic integrity. This class is an opportunity to be guided through the process of researching and writing a piece of work on a theological subject the student has chosen. Evening School one (1) credit towards two (2) electives for diploma.

Money, Administration and Governance Ministry (TPM 302 01)
Ms. Kathryn Glover, M.P.A.
Ms. Heather Zdancewicz, M.B.A.
September 7 - December 7, 2016
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
Course fee $300.00
This course will broadly examine the essential elements and models of governance and management in ministry with a particular emphasis on the parish context. In this course, we will examine those aspects of ministry that go beyond the preaching and teaching to administration and governance in a religious organization. Together we will learn about all aspects of money in a tax-exempt organization and what requirements there are to donors, the church, and the IRS. We will also consider the relationship between institutional and governance structures, processes, and cultures, how they mutually influence and affect mission, growth, and change, and the importance of vestry/trustee selection. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to read non-profit financial statements and create balanced budgets that follow mission. Students will know the necessary reporting requirements for a church entity and In brief, running a parish both in terms of governance and administration is similar to but isn’t exactly the same as being a CEO. This course will bring together resources to assist students in understanding the similarities and differences. Evening School one (1) credit towards two (2) electives for diploma.

School Chaplaincy-University Setting (CED 300 01)
Zayneb Sayilgan
September 12 - October 20, 2016
Monday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
Course fee $200.00

In an increasingly pluralistic world, it becomes also important to accommodate the religious needs of all individuals in an institution. The aim of this course is to explore the role and responsibility of a college or university chaplain in such a pluralistic environment. What kind of spiritual advice and care can a chaplain provide in a specific institutional context? What are the methods and strategies to do that? Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the role of the chaplain and methods appropriate to an institutional context of a university. Evening School one (1) credit towards two (2) electives for diploma.

School Chaplaincy-Pre-K to High School (CED 300 02)
Ms. Stacey Williams-Duncan
October 31 - December 205, 2016
Monday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
Course fee $200.00
Serving as a school chaplain is a creative, rewarding, and complex ministry. The aim of this course is to explore the roles and responsibilities of a chaplain in a pluralistic pre-school through high school setting. By introducing students to the complex reality of school chaplaincy, this course will help them determine if this is a ministry to which they might be called, and begin to prepare them to navigate the variety of work chaplains undertake. Evening School one (1) credit towards two (2) electives for 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.