The Evening School

Enriched Courses

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The Spirituality of Children 
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:20 p.m.
February 1 – March 15 (Quarter-long course) 
Spirituality is in important but often-overlooked aspect of children’s development, and it must be nurtured as much as their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth, equipping them mature into faithful adults. Engaging with research in spiritual development and Christian formation, students will identify existing personal and cultural assumptions about children, and explore the implications of their learning for both adults and children in the church.

Discipleship: Practices and Process
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
January 29 – May 7 (Semester-long course) 
The course examines the history, theology and practice of baptism as a rite of initiation — as well as the liturgies that reaffirm it — in the context of lifelong Christian discipleship. What do these rites signify in the life of congregations, and in the ongoing faith formation of children, parents, youth, grandparents, and godparents? How do the “outward and visible signs” of ritual and worship shape a congregation’s identity and spiritual maturity? How can the catechumenate be adapted in diverse cultural contexts, within and across generations? Explore the relationship between liturgy and formation that makes the catechumenate a vital tool for discipleship in today’s church. 

History Of The Church Since 1600 (3rd Quarter) 
The Rev. Robert W. Pritchard, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:20 p.m.
January 30 – March 13 (Quarter-long course)
This course beginning in 1600 traces the broad narrative of church history: the seventeenth century attempt to capture Christian Orthodoxy according to the various western religious traditions and the attendant wars of religion among those who disagreed; the Enlightened attempt at finding a reasonable religion that slipped in some cases from toleration to rejection of Christianity altogether; the Awakened reaction against that effort and the search for a heart-felt religion; the expansion of European Christianity to other continents, the inability of Christians to come to a common mind on the Biblical understanding of slavery; the 19th flowering of women’s ministry; the early 20th century attempt to reconcile Christianity to modern science, education, and medicine; Christian responses to the World Wars and the Holocaust; the modern ecumenical movement; and the rise of Christianity in the Global South.

For registration instructions, contact Anne Karoly, Evening School Coordinator, 
at or 703-461-1753.

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Anne Karoly
Lifetime Theological Education
Associate Director & Evening School Coordinator

Contact Anne for registration instructions.

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