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August 2018

FALL PROGRAMS AT VTS BEGIN NEXT WEEK! 
 

“Let’s Talk: Leading with Hope During Difficult Times”
A "Taste" of Lifelong Learning @ VTS 
Thursday, August 23
Lettie Pate Evans Room, Addison Academic Building 
6:45 p.m. — Reception
7:30 p.m. — Presentation  

Election season is upon us once again, and many of us struggle with - or take refuge in - "media bubbles" in these challenging times. Join us for a panel conversation with VTS faculty members, exploring how Christian hope can guide our conversations during times of discord and division. Panelists include:

  • The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., Dean of VTS
  • The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D., Meade Professor of Biblical Interpretation
  • The Rev. Allison St. Louis , Ph.D., Director of Contextual Ministry & the Second Three Years Program
  • The Rev. Mark Jefferson, Visiting Professor of Homiletics

Free, but RSVP requested: respond at leading-with-hope.eventbrite.com

Image by Alpha Stock Images: licensed for reuse under Creative Commons License 3.0.

NEW ONLINE COURSE AVAILABLE THIS FALL
 

Digital Literacies for Ministry
The Rev. Stacy Williams-Duncan, Interim Director of Digital Learning, and Sarah Stonesifer, VTS Digital Missioner 
Online, September 25 - November 18, $150

Prepare for ministry leadership in a connected, digital world by developing a working competency with essential digital literacies for ministry. Determine when to curate, adapt, or create resources from religious and secular sources, experiment with a variety of digital media tools, and develop confidence and a sense of wise practices regarding digital ministry.  
Register at vts-digital-literacies-for-ministry.eventbrite.com.

EVENING COMMUNITY CLASSES FOR FALL
 

Baptized for Voting: Being a Citizen and Being a Disciple
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons and distinguished guest speakers, including theologians, politicians, and civil servants
Mondays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., September 10 – November 12, $150

How does being Episcopalian and Anglican inform us as voters? Why and how does the Episcopal Church take positions on “political” issues? How do we, as faithful individuals, live out our baptismal vows at the voting booth? Join thought leaders as they reflect on how faith informs their work. (portions of this course will be livestreamed.) 
Register at vts-baptized-for-voting.eventbrite.com
 
God Through Many Eyes: Mapping Contemporary Theologies
The Rev. Dr. Larry Goleman
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., September 12 – November 14, $150

Contemporary Christian theology incorporates multiple voices and perspectives: from theologies of spirituality to theologies of social change, and from modern to postmodern approaches. Explore seven distinct families of Christian thought and practice today, including theologies of spirituality, Biblical theologies, narrative theologies, theologies of community, public theologies, theologies of liberation, feminist theologies, and other contextual theologies. Develop your own map through this terrain, and articulate your own approach to contemporary theology.
Register at vts-god-through-many-eyes.eventbrite.com

“That’s What She Said…”: Biblical Characters in Culture & Art
The Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, Peggy Parker (MFA), the Rev. Lisa Smith, Dr. Kathy Staudt, and the Rev. Dr. Bill Roberts
Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., September 13 – November 15, $150

Dig deeper into Biblical characters, comparing how sacred texts describe them with how cultures have captured them. Explore these characters and their stories through various art forms (theatre, visual arts, music and poetry), guided by faithful artists in each of these fields.

Register at vts-thats-what-she-said.eventbrite.com. 

Downloadable Flyers for Fall Courses and Events at VTS

RESOURCES FOR LEADERS
Self-Care in a Digital World

Faith leaders manage personal and professional communications, social media accounts, and a constant barrage of information and dings. How can you create a personal digital sabbath or rule of life, and digital boundaries so as to NOT burn yourself out? In this webinar, the Rev. Keith Anderson and Andrea Rosenberg McKellar, describe how they went from digitally overwhelmed to working on their streamlined online lives.

More resources on self-care and technology are available at Building Faith.org.

Originally produced by eFormation, a part of Lifelong Learning at VTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Lectures and Workshops


Noted Anglican Theologian Sarah Coakley to Present
the Costan Lecture Series 

Tuesday, September 25 - Thursday, September 28
5 - 6 p.m.
Free, but registration requested; click here to register


Anglican theologian Sarah Coakley holds one of the top chairs in Divinity at Cambridge University. She has also led major research projects only theology and the biological concept of evolutionary cooperation, and has written extensively on Christian theology and feminism. Coakley received her PhD from the University of Cambridge, and taught at Lancaster University, Oxford, Harvard Divinity, Princeton, and Cambridge. The first volume of her systematic theology, God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay "On the Trinity," was published in 2013.

The Costan Lecture Series is an opportunity for a distinguished scholar to connect faith with contemporary issues in spiritual practice. Presented by the Office of the Dean. 


Prepare/Enrich: Training in Marriage Preparation
Saturday, October 6, 2018
8:30 a.m.  – 4:30 p.m.
$85 – $195, includes materials, refreshments and lunch
Click here to register


PREPARE/ENRICH is one of the most widely used tools for working with couples preparing for marriage and married couples wanting to improve their relationships. The course will be taught by the Rev. Dr. Allison St. Louis, a clinical psychologist and Episcopal priest, who is the Director of Field Education and the Second Three Years Program at VTS.


Monthly Webinars from Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning at VTS offers monthly webinars to support and resource lay and clergy leaders across the church. All webinars are the middle Wednesday of the month, at 3 p.m. (Eastern). If you register, you'll automatically receive the recordings and topical resources after each webinar.  Coming up:

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