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Evening School of Theology

FALL ENROLLMENT OPEN


TRADITIONAL COURSES  - FAll TERM 2016 - One more course to be added to the schedule
Traditional courses are stand-alone, open enrollment courses. For new students, click here for the online application. Once processed instructions for registration and payment will be sent. Any returning students from Academic Year 2015 - 2016 may log-in to myVTS and go directly to the registration page (link at top - ETS-LTE).

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. For new students, click here for the online application. Once processed instructions for registration and payment will be sent. Any returning students from Academic Year 2015 - 2016 may log-in to myVTS and go directly to the registration page (link at top - ETS-LTE).


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.



The Evening School of Theology (EST) at Virginia Theological Seminary offers two programs: the Traditional program and the Enriched program. The Traditional EST was established in 1971 to provide serious theological education for lay people; the Enriched program began in 2011 to offer EST students the opportunity to study along with master’s-level students. Lay or ordained, seeker or believer, leader or listener; you are invited to deepen your experience and knowledge of the Christian faith.

Courses in the Traditional program are open enrollment. At the start of each course, students may elect to audit it or take the course for non-academic credit. An auditor is expected to complete the assigned readings for class discussions and to participate in discussions and other assignments during a class session. A student taking the course for credit is required to complete a project or paper(s) assigned by the instructor to receive credit.


Courses in the Enriched program are master’s level courses offering limited enrollment for Evening School participants. Admission into the Enriched program is approved by the seminary. The Theological Education Toolbox: An Introduction to Theological Education course is required within one year of entering the enriched program. Students participating in the Enriched program are expected to complete the course’s required reading and submit a paper or project designed by the instructor to receive non-academic Evening School credit.

Students in the Traditional or Enriched programs may elect to work towards the Evening School Diploma in Theological Studies. The Diploma is awarded upon satisfactory completion for credit of six courses, including at least two courses in Bible, one course in Christian theology, and one course in either liturgy or spirituality and the arts. Credits from the satisfactory completion of an Evening School course or for the Diploma are not transferable to Virginia Theological Seminary or to other academic institutions.



Evening School of Theology credits are not transferable to the Seminary or other academic institutions. Thanks to a bequest from the estate of Maxine Bishop of Alexandria, a frequent Evening School participant, tuition is modest.
FAQ
Q. Do I need a college degree?
A. 
No. The Evening School of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary does not require any previous academic degrees of any kind.

Enrollment in the Enriched program requires completion of a short application, found here, and the pre-requisite course Theological Education Toolbox: An Introduction to Theological Education.

Q. Who teaches Evening School courses?
A. A variety of Virginia Theological Seminary faculty and qualified adjunct instructors teach the courses. Adjunct instructors are not faculty members, but have expertise in their fields.

Q. Where are the classes held?
A. The classes are held on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary in the Addison Academic Center.

The Addison Academic Center is next to the Bishop Payne Library. You may consult our general information page for a map and directions.

Q. Will I receive a confirmation of enrollment before the first day of the course?
A. Yes. Confirmation is sent at the time of your online registration. Further instructions are sent via email about one week prior to the beginning of the term, with information about the course(s) for which you have registered and directions to the campus and your classroom.
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.
In our programming we strive to:
  • encourage a lifetime of learning
  • feed the people of God through exciting programs
  • provide intensive theological learning environments
  • utilize contemporary teaching methods
  • offer continuing education to refresh lay and ordained leadership
  • empower lay leadership through challenging biblical and theological courses

Questions? Email lte@vts.edu