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March 2018 
As Lifetime Theological Education at Virginia Seminary celebrates 50 continuous years of programming to inspire the souls and feed the minds of lay and clergy leaders across the church, Jesus’ admonition to his disciples in John 4:35b-38 particularly resonates:

"Look around you and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

The range of offerings — Evening School, enriched classes, workshops, seminars, webinars and soon-to-be-launched online courses — were made possible through the vision, resolve, and dedicated labor of an esteemed lineage of staff, from Bennet J. Sims to Anne M. Karoly. Now the care of this work has reached another turning point. After twenty years of fond affiliation with VTS and much careful discernment, Anne resigned at the end of February to move back to California to assume full-time caregiving duties for her mother. Anne’s creativity, generous hospitality, and deep faithfulness are already greatly missed. There is no doubt that seeds Anne Karoly planted will flourish in the next 50 years.

To sustain the Seminary’s commitment to providing world-class theological education beyond the degree programs, I am delighted to welcome Diane Montllor Wright as our interim Coordinator of Continuing Education. Diane is an attorney with extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and education. She brings passion for strategic planning, community engagement, and the Anglican Communion to this new role. Together with the Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and a Continuing Education Advisory Council, Diane is ready to develop transformative and accessible theological education for a changing church.

Diane would love to hear from you — you can email her at dwright@vts.edu. What is your vision for the future of continuing education from VTS? Which fields are ripe for harvesting? 

EVENING SCHOOL GRADUATION AND RECEPTION
 
Save the date! On April 23, at 7 p.m., we will celebrate those students graduating from the Evening School and receiving their diplomas at a reception in Addison.
Please join us to recognize these students for their commitment to ongoing Christian formation and lifelong learning. 
PROGRAMS AND COURSES THIS SPRING
Strengthening Your Congregation’s Public Witness and Advocacy — A Course for Congregations
Tuesday evenings: April 10, 17 and 24, May 1 
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

$40 for individual participants
$33 per person for groups of 3 or more registering together 


The Rev. Dr. David Gortner, Associate Dean of Church and Community Engagement and Professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership at VTS, and Kim Bobo, the Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center, are teaching a four-week course in how congregations can form coalitions to make their voices heard on local issues that matter to them as communities of faith.


April 10: Introductions and Grounding in Faith
April 17: Understanding VA Policy Advocacy
April 24: Developing a Strategy for Public Witness and Advocacy
May 1: Integrating Advocacy and Public Witness

The course is designed to engage and prepare congregational teams for local action; group registrations encouraged! 
 
Learn More and Register
Art and Theology — Reflect on August Wilson's Play
Two Trains Running

Two Trains Running is set in the Hill district of Pittsburgh in 1968 — a year of unprecedented American upheaval and political and social activism. Wilson examines the effects of the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy on the lives of ordinary men and women, and the extraordinary ways they seek — and find — spiritual fulfillment. Author and arts advocate Riley Temple will provide a theological framework for discussing the play over the course of two evening sessions at VTS, with 
  • a preview session on Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • a debrief session on Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
(Two Trains Running is showing at Arena Stage from March 30 to April 29, 2018. Participants buy their own tickets to the play.) 
 
Learn More and Register

COUNSELING RESOURCES AND TRAINING FOR ALL STAGES OF LIFE 

Pastoral Care and Living with Dementia 
Tuesday, April 17, 5 p.m. 
Key Hall at VTS
Reception to follow

The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, the most recent dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, stepped down from that position a few months ago after being diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), a disease that progressively damages areas of the brain. She is now speaking across North America as a person living with dementia, sharing her new insights into the life of the Spirit. At this special forum at VTS, Tracey will  talk about her life living with dementia and how to provide pastoral care to those living with various forms of dementia. All are welcome. 
 

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Prepare/Enrich Marriage Counseling Training
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(optional session Friday afternoon, May 4, 3-6 p.m.)
$195, includes materials and a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday


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 Rev. Dr. David Gorther, clinical psychologist and Episcopal priest, will lead this one-day training in May 2018. (The optional Friday session emphasizes theological and scriptural resources to help couples discuss the deeper meaning of their relationship and introduces genograms as a way to help each couple member tell stories of family heritage.) This training is intended for clergy, seminarians, and other counseling professionals. 

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