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Vancouver School of Theology mourns the death of our friend and colleague, the Rev. Dr. James McCullum, who passed away shortly before midnight on Monday, Nov. 3rd, after suffering a heart attack earlier in the day. Jim McCullum was an Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Theology, and in addition to his teaching duties here at VST, was instrumental in the development of our continuing education program and summer school program through the former Chalmers Institute. Jim was predeceased by his wife, Anne, just three short weeks ago. VST offers its deepest condolences to the McCullum family at this most difficult time. When made available, more details regarding funeral services will be forthcoming on this page and on our website.
VST offers its deep condolences to the family of Anne McCullum, wife of the Reverend Dr. Jim McCullum, VST Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Theology. Anne died on Tuesday after sustaining injuries from a fall a week prior. She died peacefully at VGH in the presence of family. Anne McCullum's Memorial Service will be at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver on Thursday October 23 at 3 p.m.
VST is hosting 'Transgressing Gender in the Bible' with Peterson Toscano, presentation and monologues. Peterson is a playwright, actor, Bible scholar, blogger and activist. Wed November 5th 7-9pm in Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver School of Theology. Public Event all are welcome. Suggested donation for those who are able $10 to cover costs.
A message forwarded to us from VST student Jay Irwin: Dear Students, Alumni, and Friends of VST, We would like to hear your opinions about the possibilities for a micro-lending program geared toward new and alternative mission, ministry, and social enterprise. Funded by the Louisville Institute through its Pastoral Study Project Grant program, Post-Christendom Stewardship: “Fresh in the Spirit Investments” tests the feasibility of providing small loans to launch new and innovative ministries outside denominational accountability structures.The creator of this project, George Meier, will be on campus on October 17th and 18th to interview students and alumni interested in innovative ministries. These interviews will help shape the lending program and give institutional funders valuable data regarding what entrepreneurs and changemakers need in creating new ministries. The mission of the micro-lending project is to walk alongside the 'tentmakers,' the Christian persons or communities called by the Spirit into ministries beyond the current structures of the church. It seeks not only to give them financial assistance, but to support them to achieve their goals by offering the expertise of a community of clergy, lay people, social entrepreneurs, and fellow borrowers through personal and net-based circles of accompaniment. Applicants' projects might range from community-based mission, social enterprise, and social justice work, to alternative forms of worship, and intentional Christian communities. By reaching out to ministers and lay people, the micro-lending project hopes to respond to the Spirit in transformative ways to bring renewed life to mainline demominations. Borrowers are bound by no institutional ties. Responsible financially, and accountable for their own level of achievement, they own their process and path. In under-developed countries, micro-loans have traditionally been instituted to relieve gross poverty and return dignity to the poor. In ours, the investment is aimed directly at the human soul, to return to it a sense of spirituality, hope, meaning, humility, prayer and worship, to invest in mystery and our re-enchantment-to love beyond our walls and to take on all the incumbent risks that love implies. Interviews will be conducted at VST in room 302-E Available times: Friday Oct. 17th: 1030am - 12pm; 12pm - 1pm; 1pm - 230pm; or 730pm - 9pm Saturday Oct. 18th: 9am - 1030am; or 1030am - 12pm.
Please join Vancouver School of Theology in congratulating and welcoming Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart to his new position as Director of Ministry Leadership and Education at St. Andrew's Hall, on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:30 pm in the St. Andrew's Hall Chapel, 6040 Iona Drive on the UBC Campus. All are welcome!
At a combined worship service this past Sunday morning between University Hill United Church and Shaughnessy Heights United Church, the following announcement was made on behalf of the Session and Stewards of University Hill Congregation: "In celebration of the inspired and faithful ministry of Rev. Dr. Edwin Searcy, and in recognition of and respect for our friends at Vancouver School of Theology, I am pleased to announce that University Hill Congregation has established the University Hill Scholarship in Pastoral Excellence in honour of Rev. Dr. Edwin Searcy with gratitude for his twenty years of ministry. The scholarship is normally awarded to a United Church student enrolled at Vancouver School of Theology for their second and third years of study. It is awarded to a student who shows demonstrated promise for (1) outstanding pastoral and preaching ministry and (2) the work of Christian formation, both in the congregational setting. This award of $2500 for each year of the scholarship will be funded by an annual gift from the congregation to the school for an initial period of ten years, beginning in the fall of 2015. The amount of the scholarship is about half the tuition fee for a second or third year student. Our hope is that these funds will serve as an incentive for promising students to continue their study and join the ministry of the United Church on graduation." To find out more about the scholarship, please contact the Registrar's office at VST at email@example.com.
VST Faculty Speaker Day: The Lounge, Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, 2733 West 41st Ave., 1-4 pm. Come meet and listen to our brilliant faculty speak to the question of ‘Theological Education: What Difference Does it Make To You?’ The format for the afternoon will be an informal ‘sound-byte’ series of short lectures. Coffee, tea & light refreshments served. This event is free, but please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
VST extends its deep condolences to the family of Rev. Joanne Black, who passed away on June 5, 2015. Jo graduated from VST in 1987 with a Bachelor of Theology, and 1990 with a Master of Divinity, and ministered in many United Church congregations in British Columbia and Alberta. During her many years at First United Church in Prince Rupert she made many lasting relationships with First Nations peoples. The late Charlotte Sullivan, renowned indigenous activist, once said “Old Black Jo brought feminism to the North.” She also fought bravely for the right of LGBQT people at a time and place when this was not as popular. She was a brave person of spirit, and met death with the same courage and grace with which she lived life.