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Registration Open for New Lifetime Theological Education Programs

11/6/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782 
Email: cprather@vts.edu 

Alexandria, Va. - Virginia Theological Seminary has opened registration for three end-of-year learning opportunities focusing on the intersection of faith and work, religion’s shaping of history and finding quiet during Advent. Coordinated by the seminary’s Office of Lifetime Theological Education (LTE), the events are open to laity and clergy of all faiths.

"The LTE office offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for lay and clergy leaders," said Anne Karoly (VTS '97), associate director of the Lifetime Theological Education office. "Join us for a few hours, or a day, for reflection and insight into the Christian journey."

On Saturday, Nov. 9, in anticipation of Veteran’s Day, Demetrius R. Donseroux, Ph.D., will discuss how his faith guides his work counseling soldiers, veterans and military families in crisis. Certified in career counseling and pastoral care, Donseroux practices in San Antonio, Texas, and teaches at St. Mary’s University, where he earned his doctorate.

The lecture is part of VTS’ “Faith, Work & Vocation” series, which provides a forum for leaders in various fields to share how their faith shapes their work lives. The free event begins with an 8:00 a.m. breakfast in the VTS Refectory. The registration deadline is this Friday, Nov. 8.

On Friday, Nov. 15, Kate Masur, Ph.D., will deliver the second of VTS’ Religion and the Civil War Lectures, entitled “Fugitive Slaves, Military Intelligence, and Civil Rights before the Emancipation Proclamation.” Masur’s talk will examine encounters between runaway slaves and U.S. soldiers and sailors along the Potomac. The lecture will address how the encounters led white soldiers and sailors to reconsider their assumptions about African Americans' loyalty and credibility and the worthiness of equal rights. Masur is professor of history and African American studies at Northwestern University and the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

Marking the 150th anniversary of the war, the Religion and the Civil War Lectures are presented by VTS’ Zabriskie Lecture Series. The 7:30 p.m. lecture will be held in the Addison Academic Building and will be preceded by a reception beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free, although registration is appreciated.
 
The 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, will offer an “An Advent Day of Reflection” on Friday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The day will include several addresses by Griswold, with space in between for reflection, prayer and participation in the VTS Eucharist service. The $40 registration fee includes lunch in the VTS Refectory. Deadline for registration is Dec. 6.

To register for any of the events above, visit www.vts.edu/registration. For more information, email lte@vts.edu.

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Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.