Lifetime Theological Education at VTS kickoff fall schedule with lecture and reception

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Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu
 
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Join Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) on August 29, 6:45 p.m. for a lecture from the Rev. Nathan Walker, Executive Director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, A Nation of Religious Minorities; offered as part of A Taste of Evening School.

For the first time in US history, Protestant Christians no longer make up a majority of the population. What does a nation of religious minorities require of its residents? What civic and religious competencies are necessary for diverse groups to be able to build a common good?

As a religious liberty educator, Walker specializes in issues of religion in public life as it relates to civil and human rights. He is the co-editor of Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? He co-authored Promoting and Protecting the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief through Law: Current Dilemmas and Lessons presented at the United Nations Rights Council. Walker is an ordained minister in the Unitarian Universalist Church, serving since 2007.  

Along with the lecture, the event highlights spring course offerings from the Office of Lifetime Theological Education, and includes a reception and chance to meet instructors, ask questions, and register for courses.

"When we learn, we grow," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. "Finding time to take advantage of LTE offerings is the best possible way of learning and growing."
 
Participate in-person or via livestreaming at www.vts.edu. To attend in person, please RSVP by clicking here. For questions or more information contact Anne Karoly at lte@vts.edu or phone 703-461-1753.

The Evening School of Theology provides accessible and theologically rich courses for lay leaders and anyone seeking a deeper faith and knowledge of the Christian faith. Spring courses for traditional and enriched classes begin January 30. Among the classes offered this season is “Ethics for Every Christian: From Social Issues to Sex,” a class taught by the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS. The course will explore classic ethical questions before tackling some of the key questions facing Christians today. Registration and information for all courses can be found online at Lifetime Theological Education.

About VTS
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the almost 194 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington;  and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.
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