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Summer Term

Summer 2016 Week-long Intensives

Continuing education students are invited to be immersed, challenged and refreshed while joining a vibrant community - in worship, in class and at meals - in a peaceful setting near our nation's capital.

REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR SUMMER INTENSIVES

WORKSHOPS REMAIN OPEN: Friday, July 1, 2:00 - 5:00 pm & Saturday, July 2, 8:30 - 4:00 pm workshops are offered at a nominal fee of $60. Additional information is on the right-hand sidebar.

Questions? Please contact lte@vts.edu



Governance and Mission
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Heischman
Ms. Kathryn Glover
June 20 - 24, 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
This course considers issues of leadership from a theological perspective. The syllabus is designed to encourage cross-disciplinary and inter-professional discussion both within and between our two cohorts. The course raises such questions as: What is pastoral leadership? How are patterns of decision-making, authority and governance in our respective institutions compatible with our pastoral instincts and training? What resources—scriptural and spiritual, intellectual, psychological, material—do we bring to bear as leaders when we encounter new situations or find our way through times of crisis?

Holistic Environments of Faith and Learning
Lisa Kimball, Ph.D.
June 20 - 24, 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
Apply by May 9.

This course focuses on three critical contexts of learning integration: worship, education/classroom, and community outreach/service-learning. The instructional team will offer careful examination of developmental approaches to creating holistic environments of faith and learning for different age groups in each of the three critical contexts of integration.

Ministry to the Ill & Dying
Dr. Patricia Fosarelli
June 20 - 24, 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
Apply by May 9.


This course will explore the Scriptural basis for ministry to the ill and dying, as well as questions of theodicy (and how these have been answered over the centuries). Consideration will be given to ministry both to children and adults and ministry in various types of illness (acute, chronic, catastrophic, and terminal), offering suggestions for such ministries to the students in the class as well as how to encourage visitation ministry among congregants.

Spirituality, Liturgy and the Arts
Dr. Scott Moore
The Rev. Dr. William B. Roberts, Ph.D
Dr. Deborah Sokolove
Dr. Kathleen Staudt
June 20 - 24, 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
Apply by May 9.

This course will explore liturgical, visual, musical and literary arts, and the relationship among them, as sources and languages of the spiritual life, and as instruments of ministerial leadership in the spiritual life of persons and communities.

The Holy Spirit and the Holy Other
The Rev. Ross Kane
June 27 - July 1, 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
Apply by May 16.
This course examines how Christian theology views, engages, challenges, and at times incorporates elements from other traditions—religious and otherwise. More than a course on interfaith dialogue, though certainly utilizing elements of such, we examine how syncretisms and encounters with religious otherness have become part of Christianity over time, occasions when they have not been incorporated, and how these decisions have been justified. Drawing especially from the thought of Rowan Williams, we subsequently consider how such encounters might deepen how we conceive, articulate, and discern the work of the Holy Spirit and person of Christ. The course draws from historical and contemporary situations in order to provide resources for engaging such encounters in contexts of parish ministry and beyond.

Latin American Theology in Context: History, Culture and Society
Dr. Sharon E. Heaney
June 27 - July 1, 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
Apply by May 16.
This course offers the opportunity to explore the Latin American theological landscape. Students will seek to understand the historical backdrop of the continent and the implications of colonialism on society. The variety and richness of the Latin American cultural heritage will be explored. In light of this, the diversity of the Christian witness on the continent will be presented to enable students to assess the role of the Catholic Church, the faces of Latin American Protestantism and the spread of Pentecostalism.


Sacred Texts in Education
The Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, Ph.D.
June 27 - July 1, 2016
Apply by May 16.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
An ongoing challenge in secondary and college education is the role of sacred texts in the curriculum. Where do sacred texts belong and what approaches should be used? What constitutes a sacred text and which ones should be taught? The course employs different educational approaches and models in the study of specific biblical and other sacred texts, as a means of exploring a variety of ways that scripture can be engaged, thereby providing a platform upon which teachers can design new courses and redesign existing courses that use scripture.

Spirituality for Adaptive Leaders: St. Teresa of Avila
Dr. Paula Barker
July 4 - 8, 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
Teresa was a remarkable leader of reform in resistant ecclesiastical institutions during a time of cultural upheaval. Traditionally, she has been honored as a Doctor (Teacher) of the church for her theological acuity and spiritual instruction. Through in-depth study of her own writings, participants in this course will learn how her spiritual perspectives and practices enabled her to address the challenges of adaptive change. Together we will examine her wisdom in connection with that of Heifetz to discern our own next steps.
 
Theology and Psychology of Human Development
The Rev. Dr. David Gortner
July 4 - 8, 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Course fee $200.00
An in-depth interdisciplinary course exploring the interface between psychological theories of development and various systems of theology. Through examination of human across the lifespan (with particular foci on childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood) and consideration of some key theological systems and constructs, participants map the relationships between human development and religious belief, faith, and practice. The course moves through developmental literature and theological readings toward an understanding of “developmental theology”- a dynamic understanding that concepts of God, humanity, and the nature of being and purpose change over the life course. Application of this integrative work is expected in relation to participants” contexts of pastoral, educational, liturgical, and organizational leadership.
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Emotional Intelligence
Edward Andrews
July 1 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
July 2 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fee $60.00
Register by June 17
This workshop will explore the concept of Emotional Intelligence from the lens of Daniel Goleman's books and other writings including his recent work with the Dali Lama's Vision for our World (2015). E.I.” is the ability to monitor one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. In this two-day workshop, we will work to apply "E.I." to ministry in order to become more aware, effective and dynamic in living out our vocation.

Practices in Ministry: Family Systems
The Rev. Jacques Hadler
July 1 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
July 2 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fee $60.00
Register by June 17
In this two-day workshop, we will primarily study Rabbi Edwin Friedman concepts and applications of Bowen family systems. The focus will be on reading congregations/institutions, relationships, and persons, in order to better manage oneself as a leader, and as an initiator and responder in relationships. This will also develop some „structures of thought? for reflecting on situations with colleagues and by one's self.

Discernment Workshop (FULL) contact office for waitlist
Dr. Kathleen Staudt
June 24 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
June 25 8:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Fee $60.00
Register by May 25.
Discernment is the spiritual practice that enables us to ask faithful questions about vocation and ministry and daily life. In this two-day workshop students will explore theologies of discernment and experience approaches to this practice drawn from Benedictine, Ignatian, Quaker and other contemplative traditions.