Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary

Connecting congregations, dioceses & schools with resources, research & best practices for lifelong faith formation in the Episcopal Church & beyond.

The Center for the Ministry of Teaching was founded in 1985 to promote research and development to foster improved teaching practices and curricula in the Episcopal Church. Our resource library and ministry of consultation and training have historically served the Virginia Theological Seminary community as well as the broader Church. In more recent years, we have embraced the opportunities of the

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06/21/2021

Help us measure the lasting impact of #COVID19 on the #Episcopal Church - please respond and share the survey linked here, a project of TryTank and York St John University! https://www.trytank.org/ep.html

Help us measure the lasting impact of #COVID19 on the #Episcopal Church - please respond and share the survey linked here, a project of TryTank and York St John University! https://www.trytank.org/ep.html

Timeline Photos 06/19/2021

Timeline Photos

VTS applauds the United States Congress for making Juneteenth a federal holiday. We offer this prayer (adapted from the words of Babette Chatman, Campus Pastor at Augsburg University) in honor of Juneteenth:

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours 06/14/2021

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours

Every Thursday, 1-2:30, Lifelong Learning staff are available to chat - bring your questions, learn about new Christian formation resources, or just find a supportive sounding board!
https://bit.ly/3gxblVr

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours Office Hours

Building Faith's Top Picks for Adult Bible Study Curriculum 06/14/2021

Building Faith's Top Picks for Adult Bible Study Curriculum

From BuildingFaith, Top Picks for Adult Bible Study Curriculum, here!
https://buildfaith.org/bible-study-curriculum/?mc_cid=88b62e7e97&mc_eid=560c909bc7

Building Faith's Top Picks for Adult Bible Study Curriculum A list of Building Faith's top picks for Bible study curriculum based on theology, availability, and pedagogy.

Association of Anglican Musicians Virtual Conference: Feeding Our Flocks 06/12/2021

Association of Anglican Musicians Virtual Conference: Feeding Our Flocks

You are invited! The Association of Anglican Musicians' conference is online, free, and designed for musicians AND clergy - register here for Monday's event!

Association of Anglican Musicians Virtual Conference: Feeding Our Flocks This year's virtual conference is for musicians and clergy, focusing on healing and rebuilding our churches as we emerge from the pandemic.

06/10/2021

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry

Creating healthy balance can be difficult in ministry, especially in the midst of change. This is an honest conversation between a licensed psychologist and priest, a clergy person serving in the parish, and a lay seminary faculty member. All three have served in various ministry roles and both volunteers and paid professionals. Even though many of us know the importance of caring for ourselves, the challenges to doing so are real and this group will be the first to admit that (read: this webinar and these people have no interest in shaming you, but hope to equip you).

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry 06/09/2021

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry

Creating healthy balance can be difficult in ministry, especially in the midst of change. Join us TOMORROW for an honest conversation between a licensed psychologist and priest, a clergy person serving in the parish, and a lay seminary faculty member - register here!

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry A webinar to discuss ideas and best practices.

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum 06/07/2021

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum

Spend time this summer in conversation around the history of race and racism in America through Sacred Ground, a series developed by The Episcopal Church combining film, readings and conversations. We'll meet every two weeks from mid-June until August 23. Find out more and register here!

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum Learn about the history of race and racism in America and the impact it has on our world today and engage in meaningful conversation.

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry 06/07/2021

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry

Creating healthy balance can be difficult in ministry, especially in the midst of change. Join us THIS THURSDAY for an honest conversation between a licensed psychologist and priest, a clergy person serving in the parish, and a lay seminary faculty member - register here!

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry A webinar to discuss ideas and best practices.

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry 06/04/2021

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry

Creating healthy balance can be difficult in ministry, especially in the midst of change. Join us June 10 for an honest conversation between a licensed psychologist and priest, a clergy person serving in the parish, and a lay seminary faculty member - register here!

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry A webinar to discuss ideas and best practices.

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry 06/02/2021

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry

Creating healthy balance can be difficult in ministry, especially in the midst of change. Join us June 10 for an honest conversation between a licensed psychologist and priest, a clergy person serving in the parish, and a lay seminary faculty member - register here!

Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry A webinar to discuss ideas and best practices.

06/02/2021

You are invited to join us for three sermons/lectures during this year's Deep Calls to Deep residency - the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp of Yale Divinity School; the Rt. Rev. Carlye Hughes, bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Newark; and the Rev. Dr Martha Simmons, June 7-9!
Register here: https://bit.ly/3pagcA1

You are invited to join us for three sermons/lectures during this year's Deep Calls to Deep residency - the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp of Yale Divinity School; the Rt. Rev. Carlye Hughes, bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Newark; and the Rev. Dr Martha Simmons, June 7-9!
Register here: https://bit.ly/3pagcA1

Seminary Built on Slavery and Jim Crow Labor Has Begun Paying Reparations 06/02/2021

Seminary Built on Slavery and Jim Crow Labor Has Begun Paying Reparations

VTS reparations news in The New York Times...

Seminary Built on Slavery and Jim Crow Labor Has Begun Paying Reparations AdvertisementContinue reading the main storySupported byContinue reading the main storySeminary Built on Slavery and Jim Crow Labor Has Begun Paying ReparationsThe Virginia Theological Seminary, in Alexandria, Va., in February began handing out cash payments to the descendants of Black Americans who...

Preaching as Healing Speech: A Deep Calls to Deep Lecture Series 06/01/2021

Preaching as Healing Speech: A Deep Calls to Deep Lecture Series

Next week - the Deep Calls to Deep program at Virginia Theological Seminary invites you to the 2021 Deep Calls to Deep Lecture Series with three sought after and experienced preachers on the topic of "Preaching as Healing Speech." Following a short worship service in which the distinguished homilist will preach, each speaker will present a lecture following by a question and answer period. Find out more and register below!

Preaching as Healing Speech: A Deep Calls to Deep Lecture Series How can we heal through preaching? Three distinguished preachers share their perspectives.

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum 05/31/2021

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum

Spend time this summer in conversation around the history of race and racism in America through Sacred Ground, a series developed by The Episcopal Church combining film, readings and conversations. We'll meet every two weeks from mid-June until August 23. Find out more and register here!

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum Learn about the history of race and racism in America and the impact it has on our world today and engage in meaningful conversation.

05/20/2021

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement

05/20/2021

Today, Dean Markham introduced our new Seminary Mission Statement, which reads in part:

"Led by the Holy Spirit, Virginia Theological Seminary forms and educates leaders who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helps others participate in God’s mission throughout the world. We are a racially and culturally diverse residential community of The Episcopal Church, devoted to worship & prayer; teaching & learning; and research & service to the wider church."

Learn more and read the full statement here:

https://vts.edu/deans-commentary/new-mission-statement

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum 05/18/2021

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum

We are once again offering Sacred Ground – a summer cohort exploring race and racism, developed by The Episcopal Church and combining film, readings and conversations, meeting every two weeks from mid-June until August 23. Find out more and register here!

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum Learn about the history of race and racism in America and the impact it has on our world today and engage in meaningful conversation.

A-Z of Canterbury Cathedral: Dunstan - Thursday, 22nd April 2021 | Canterbury Cathedral 05/17/2021

A-Z of Canterbury Cathedral: Dunstan - Thursday, 22nd April 2021 | Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral has been creating a series of A-Z videos about this historic church – a beautiful idea we came across on Twitter!

A-Z of Canterbury Cathedral: Dunstan - Thursday, 22nd April 2021 | Canterbury Cathedral Our A-Z of Canterbury Cathedral continues with Canon Tim's exploration of Great Dunstan - Canterbury Cathedral's biggest bell 🔔 • SUBSCRIBE to receive notif...

Preaching as Healing Speech: A Deep Calls to Deep Lecture Series 05/17/2021

Preaching as Healing Speech: A Deep Calls to Deep Lecture Series

You are invited to join us for three sermons/lectures during this year's Deep Calls to Deep residency - Yale Divinity School's Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp; The Episcopal Diocese of Newark Bishop the Right Rev. Carlye Hughes; and the Rev. Dr. Martha Simmons. Click below to register - these events are free (with the option to contribute) - June 7, 8 and/or 9!

Preaching as Healing Speech: A Deep Calls to Deep Lecture Series How can we heal through preaching? Three distinguished preachers share their perspectives.

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement 05/17/2021

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement

This Thursday! This webinar, led by Mary Button of Mary Button Studio and the Rev. Jo Nygard Owens of Vibrant Church Communications, explores how to create beautiful, engaging visuals for your digital spaces, including online church. Register here:

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement Visual media rank among the most engaging forms of content in digital spaces, but it can be a challenge for faith communities to navigate.

Pentecost in Coronatide 05/15/2021

Pentecost in Coronatide

A liturgy of kite-flying for Pentecost!

Pentecost in Coronatide Packed among the things that are headed to Germany this week are my two brilliant rainbow kites that whirled down the center aisle of one of the churches I served on Pentecost. It wasn’t the …

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement 05/13/2021

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement

We have a webinar coming up next week, exploring how to create beautiful, engaging visuals for your digital spaces, including online church, led by Mary Button of Mary Button Studio and the Rev. Jo Nygard Owens of Vibrant Church Communications. Register here for the May 20 event:

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement Visual media rank among the most engaging forms of content in digital spaces, but it can be a challenge for faith communities to navigate.

05/13/2021

Today we celebrate the class of 2021, graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary! Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry will be our speaker - you can tune in through VTS' page at 10 a.m.!
#VTSCommencement #OnHolyHill

We've saved a seat for our Commencement speaker... hear him address our graduates via livestream here on our page or on our YouTube channel tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EDT

#VTSCommencement

Timeline Photos 05/13/2021

Our very own Dr. Lisa Kimball will be one of the guests on today's #EvangelismMatters coffee hour from The Episcopal Church!

This week at the Evangelism Matters coffee hour, registrants will be hearing from the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson of the Diocese of Missouri, Dr. Lisa Kimball of Virginia Theological Seminary, and the Rev. Dr. Melissa Hartley of the University of the South, on the topic of "Baptismal Identity & Evangelism". The coffee hour, presented live as part of The Discipline of Hope, will be recorded and available for all to watch at the conclusion of the conference.

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass 05/11/2021

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass

Update on this upcoming masterclass from TryTank - we are sold out but DO have a wait list - click on the link below to add your name!

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass Learn practical tips from area experts on best ways to do online and in person worship. How to be a to be a "top notch hybrid church".

05/11/2021

Channeling Mr. Rogers? Staff cardigans on a recent day in the Department of Lifelong Learning!

Channeling Mr. Rogers? Staff cardigans on a recent day in the Department of Lifelong Learning!

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement 05/10/2021

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement

Create beautiful, engaging visuals for your digital spaces, including online church! Register here for this new webinar, happening on May 20, led by Mary Button of Mary Button Studio and the Rev. Jo Nygard Owens of Vibrant Church Communications:

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement Visual media rank among the most engaging forms of content in digital spaces, but it can be a challenge for faith communities to navigate.

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement 05/06/2021

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement

Announcing a new event, coming up May 20 - creating beautiful, engaging visuals for your digital spaces, including online church! Register here...

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement Visual media rank among the most engaging forms of content in digital spaces, but it can be a challenge for faith communities to navigate.

05/06/2021

LIVE: Holy Imagination: A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Whole Bible

Not too late to catch Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams talk about her new book with Linda Lanam and Riley K. Temple!

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community 05/04/2021

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community

"For the first half of the pandemic, I could barely keep up with the learning curve of online classrooms, video creation, and curating family ministry content for families stuck at home on Sundays. As all those new skills became part of my tool kit, I began examining how we were creating relationships and discipling our families in a time of chaos and crisis..."

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community Vacation Bible School presents the perfect opportunity to address justice issues intentionally in our local context.

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum 05/04/2021

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum

We are once again offering Sacred Ground – a summer cohort exploring race and racism, developed by The Episcopal Church and combining film, readings and conversations, meeting every two weeks from mid-June until August 23. Find out more and register here!

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum Learn about the history of race and racism in America and the impact it has on our world today and engage in meaningful conversation.

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass 05/03/2021

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass

Post-pandemic, what are the best ways to offer in-place and online worship?
TryTank is offering this new masterclass on hybrid church June 9!

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass Learn practical tips from area experts on best ways to do online and in person worship. How to be a to be a "top notch hybrid church".

Sharing the Pentecost Story with Video & Activities 05/02/2021

Sharing the Pentecost Story with Video & Activities

Pentecost has the potential to be one of the most ridiculously fun days of the entire liturgical year, in my opinion. It’s not every weekend you get to launch things into the air at church, but if you’re going to do it, by golly this is the time.

Sharing the Pentecost Story with Video & Activities A brief video and two activity ideas to help you share the Pentecost story at church and at home. Great for children.

Timeline Photos 05/01/2021

Mark your calendar for next week!

Join us here on Facebook on Thursday, May 6, at 2 p.m. EDT to hear the Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, Ph.D. in conversation with Linda Lanam and Riley K. Temple, discussing Dr. Fentress-Williams' new book, "Holy Imagination: A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Whole Bible." Q&A to follow!

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Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary is a multi-faceted program grounded in theology and research-based practices to provide transformational learning for courageous leadership in a changing church. The ministries of Lifelong Leaning combine and build upon the efforts, research, and history of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, Center for Liturgy and Music, Lifetime Theological Education, and eFormation.

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Attending to the Self: Healthy Habits for Sustainable Ministry
Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement
Just Faith Formation: Liberative Practice for Faith Communities with Justice at the Center
Ministry After COVID: What have we learned? What comes next?
Using Saints and Holy Days to Teach the Faith at Home
Join us for our webinar on Cultivating Culture Change!
A Christmas Message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry!
Utilizing the Way of Love as a Congregation Webinar
Thriving in Ministry: Conversations for Connection & Collaboration
Webinar on Online Retreats
Livestreaming: Platforms, Tech, and the Systems

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3737 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA
22304
Other Religious Organizations in Alexandria (show all)
Cameron United Methodist Church Children's Consignment Sale Cameron United Methodist Church Children's Consignment Sale
3130 Franconia Rd
Alexandria, 22310

The Children's Consignment Sale (CCS) is held twice a year, usually in March and September, at Cameron United Methodist Church (CUMC).

Joe Hubbard Joe Hubbard
3737 Seminary Rd, P.O. Box 253
Alexandria, 22304

A husband, father of three, and recovering lawyer and politician. A grand and Holy adventure on the Jesus Way.

CRBC Children's Consignment Sale CRBC Children's Consignment Sale
6811 Beulah St
Alexandria, 22310

One of Northern Virginia's largest and best organized Children's Consignment Sale held in the Spring & Fall.

The Tutu Institute for Prayer & Pilgrimage The Tutu Institute for Prayer & Pilgrimage
118 N Washington St
Alexandria, 22314

118 North Washington Street Alexandria, Virginia USA 22314 Telephone: 703-677-5642

Alexandria Friends Meeting at Woodlawn Alexandria Friends Meeting at Woodlawn
8990 Woodlawn Rd
Alexandria, 22309

Religious Society of Friends - Quaker Meeting

Fgbmfi Fihnec Washington DC Fgbmfi Fihnec Washington DC
4390 King St Apt 1401
Alexandria, 22302

FGBMFI is the largest Christian business organization in the world. We now operate in over 152 nations, with almost 40,000 officers worlwide.

Faith Direct Faith Direct
601 S Washington St
Alexandria, 22314

Faith Direct: Inspiring secure giving since 2004.

1stAG Career Network 1stAG Career Network
700 W Braddock Rd
Alexandria, 22302

Christian Science Church - Alexandria VA Christian Science Church - Alexandria VA
1709 Russell Rd
Alexandria, 22301

Sunday service & Sunday School at 11am Wednesday Testimony meetings at 8pm childcare provided at both

TBC (Tabernacle Baptist Church) TBC (Tabernacle Baptist Church)
5130 Duke St
Alexandria, 22304

TBC - Tabernacle Baptist Church is an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church located in Alexandria, VA.

Paulinas USA/Canada Paulinas USA/Canada
1025 King St
Alexandria, 22314

Pagina Vocacional para las jovenes que quisieran conocer mas acerca de la vida y mision de las Hijas de San Pablo. Tambien para lideres de jovenes/familias

Woodlawn Faith United Methodist Church Woodlawn Faith United Methodist Church
7730 Fordson Road & 7010 Harrison Ln
Alexandria, 22306

We invite you to worship with us. We will open our hearts, minds and doors to all that come. Come and be blessed. Kingdom Living Now!