Lifelong Learning: Continuing Education

January Term

JANUARY TERM 2019: 3 weeks: Monday, January 7 - Sunday, January 27
Engage Deeply, Respond Faithfully
Immerse yourself in a new field of knowledge, find spiritual renewal, and enhance your skills for ministry and mission with week long or multi-week courses at Virginia Theological Seminary. These courses offer lay and clergy persons seeking professional or personal growth the opportunity to study alongside VTS students in an intensive theological learning environment. Courses are taught by VTS faculty, adjunct faculty, and visiting professors.

During your stay, enjoy the beautiful eighty-acre campus, a restful retreat for study and reflection in historic Alexandria, Virginia, just across the river from Washington D.C. You will also have access to the Bishop Payne Library, one of the finest theological collections in the United States, and the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of worship experiences. You may also choose to take advantage of our on-campus guesthouses, providing handsome rooms with private baths, and the nearby refectory, serving excellent food in gracious surroundings.


Listening to God In Our Lives: A Weekend Retreat
Friday, January 11 6-9:30; Saturday, January 12, 2019 9:30-3:30
Cost: $95.00 (Early Bird Special, $85.00 – 12/21/2018)

"Should I choose this path rather than that one?" "What is the meaning of the experience I am
having?” “How can I follow Christ more faithfully?” "What would that even mean?"

Start your new year by taking time to sit with questions like these listening for God’s direction for your life through quiet prayer, guided meditation and conversation with others who are on the same journey. Kathy Staudt, Adjunct Professor in Theological Studies at VTS, leads this popular annual retreat. To learn more and register, click here.
Overnight accommodation at VTS is possible; call 703-215-9154 for more information.

Christian Social Mission (CTS 629)
January 7 to 25 (M-F 9:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m.)
Cost for Auditors: $450.00 (3 audit hours)

This course led by the Rev. Dr. Elbert “Bert” J. Ransom, noted civil rights leader and a former associate at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, prepares students to follow Jesus’ example of caring for indigent persons, and equips them to be effective Christian caregivers. Grounded in Bible study and relevant texts, students enter immersive assignments in real service to the homeless, hungry, incarcerated, elderly and other recipients of social services resource programs.
Students interested in taking this masters level course must apply through the Auditor Program by December 14, 2018.

Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course
Sunday, January 20 to Sunday, January 27, 2019
– Offered in conjunction with the Latino/Hispanic Ministries Office of The Episcopal Church

This innovative, residential eight-day intensive curriculum is designed to teach diocesan staff, clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians essential cultural competencies for Latino/Hispanic ministry. This popular program, offered by the Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries , is taught by seminary faculty, lay church leaders, and clergy with extensive experience in Latino/Hispanic and intercultural ministry. The registration deadline is December 21, 2018. Click here to learn more and register.

Note: Partial scholarships are available for seminarians and lay leaders.
Please email for additional information. The deadline for scholarship applications is December 14.
For further information about January Term Courses in 2019, contact Diane M. Wright,
Director for Continuing Education,

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