Vancouver School of Theology Summer School 2019

July 8, 2019 - July 19, 2019



During the beautiful month of July, VST will again host an exciting array of courses. This is a terrific way to spend some time on the beautiful UBC campus while sampling what VST has to offer.


Monday July 8th, 7-9pm
We Are Creatures of the Living God:
Helping Christians Have An Actual Doctrine of Creation

with Willie Jennings 

St. Mary’s Kerrisdale
2490 W 37th Ave, Vancouver, BC



WEEK 1: July 8th – 12th, 2019
(9am – 12pm unless otherwise noted on course description)

  • The Book of Acts [NT5/711] 
    with Willie Jennings
    Willie James Jennings is Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School.
  • Interfaith storytelling for Christian Preaching [IPC/HOM510]
    with Martin Novak & Renee Brachfeld
    Mark Novak and Renee Brachfeld are master storytellers. This husband-wife duo have presented as scholars or artists at over 140 synagogues across the US and Canada.
  • West Coast Centre for Evolutionary Christianity [TH5/729]
    with Thomas Oord
    Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.
  • Dreams and Schemes: Creativity, Innovation, and Strategy for Church Planters and Renewers [PT527]
    with Emily Scott
    Emily Scott was the founding pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn, NY.

(2pm – 5pm unless otherwise noted on course description)

  • The Buddha Way [IPS511]
    with Michael Newton
    Michael Newton was ordained as a Zen priest in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition fifteen years ago and is a guiding teacher of the Mountain Rain Zen Community in Vancouver.
  • Ministry in a Perplexing Time [PT5/728]
    with Steven Chambers
    Steven Chambers is a retired United Church minister who served congregations in Ontario, British Columbia and Kingston, Jamaica
  • A Theology of Subversive Friendship [IPT/TH5/710]
    with Joas Adiprasetya
    Joas Adiprasetya is the Dean of Public Relations of Jakarta Theological Seminary where he also teaches Constructive Theology and Theology of Religions.


WEEK 2: July 15th – 19th, 2019
(9am – 12pm unless otherwise noted on course description)

  • Leading through Rapid Change [PT5/729]
    with Peter Shaw
    Canon Professor Peter Shaw was a Director General in the UK Government before moving into coaching, teaching and writing. He has written 27 books on aspects of leadership.
  • Ministry for Decades, Not Just Next Week: The Preaching Life for the Long Haul[HOM5/718]
    with Catherine MacLean
    Catherine Faith MacLean is pastor of St. Paul’s United Church in Edmonton, AB
  • Indigenous Awareness 101: Becoming Indigenous Friendly in your Life and Ministry[INT510]
    with Ray Aldred
    Ray Aldred is the director of Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology.
  • The Contemplative Parish [SP/PT5/710]
    with John Pentland
    John Pentland is pastor of Hillhurst United Church in Calgary, AB

(2pm – 5pm unless otherwise noted on course description)

  • Jailhouse Revelations: the Apostle Paul’s Journeys into Unexpected Spaces [NT5/712]
    wtih Douglas Campbell
    Douglas Campbell teaches New Testament at Duke Divinity School
  • Creating a Functional, Holistic, & Compassionate Youth and Family Ministry [PT530]
    with Montegomery Tugwete
    Montegomery Tugwete is a PhD Candidate in Pastoral Psychology, Leadership and Human Development at Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Food and Faith [PT531]
    with Matt Humphrey
    Matt is the educational director for A Rocha Canada in Surrey, BC.



Audit and Continuing Education Credit registration only.
Please see below for Degree Credit registration.



VST keeps the cost of its summer courses as low as possible so that they are accessible to all. The cost to audit a course is $255. To take a course for continuing education certificate credit is $330. Degree tuition follows the regular tuition rates set for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Each 15-hour class earns 1.5 degree credit hours. Please contact the VST Registrar for information on degree credit tuition.


Summer courses are open to all interested participants. There are no prerequisites or theological training needed to audit a course. Auditors attend and participate in the course but are not required to submit any assignments for grading.


If reading and writing help you engage more deeply with course material, you may want to consider taking a class for Continuing Education Certificate credit. Work expectations include preparation and reading before the start of the course with a graded reflection paper following.



Most Summer School courses are also available for 1.5 credits of either basic or advanced graduate degree credit. If you are interested in taking a course for degree credit towards your VST degree program, or to transfer into a comparable theological degrees elsewhere, please email [email protected]Do not register online.  Degree registration will begin in March 2019.


The course outline and required reading texts will be posted online. Please see the ‘link’ at the bottom of each course description.


Please make your own arrangements for acquisition of the Required Texts for your course through your local bookstores. Online bookstores such as or have competitive prices with fast shipping to your neighbourhood.


The H.R. MacMillan Fund for Clergy Continuing Education provides funding for Clergy continuing education in British Columbia, or for any clergy person taking courses at Vancouver School of Theology.



In the event of low registrations, some courses may be cancelled.  Please register early to avoid disappointment. Information on course cancellation will be available on our website in early June. If VST has to cancel a course, you will be given a full refund.


If you withdraw from a course, notification must be received in writing to the Registrar by the dates below, in all cases $25/course will be non-refundable. Of the remaining fees, the following are refunded depending on the date of withdrawal:

• 100% refunded if notification received 7 days prior to the 1st day of classes;
• 80% refunded if notification received between 7 days and the 1st day of classes;
• 40% refunded if notification received by the 2nd day of classes;
• After the 2nd day of classes, no refund can be given


Carey Centre:  Phone: 604-224-4308
Next door to VST. Single or queen rooms with en-suite bathrooms and linen service.  Also a limited number of fully furnished apartments.

St. Andrew’s Hall:  Phone: 604-822-9720 or e-mail [email protected]
Also next door to VST, St. Andrews offer summer Quad Apartments: four single, private bedrooms, two shared baths, and shared kitchen and common area, including a limited number of fully disabled-accessible.

UBC: Pacific Spirit Hostel, West Coast Suites and Walter Gage Towers: – Phone 604-822-1000 or email [email protected] 

TRIUMF House: Phone (604) 222-7633 or email [email protected]

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