The Continuing Education Program at St. Vladimir's Seminary seeks to nurture the ongoing spiritual and vocational development of North American clergy from all Orthodox jurisdictions. Additionally, some programs are suitable for laymen and laywomen, providing vocational and spiritual instruction for people from many walks of life. The Father Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology Dr. Paul Meyendorff directs the program and has responsibility for designing courses, working with instructors, and serving as a point of contact for groups seeking to host workshops and webinars. A second point of contact is Director of Admissions Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak.
Seminars and classes for Continuing Education are primarily held off-campus in various locations across the U.S.. Often hosted by a diocese or deanery, the off-site sessions are taught by St. Vladimir's faculty members or other qualified experts in a given area of study, such as Byzantine music or ministering to the sick.
Some practical considerations for hosting and coordinating a workshop to include:
- A workshop needs to have 12+ participants, at a cost of $100 each, payable to the Seminary.
- The typical workshop will last one-and-a-half days.
- St. Vladimir's will cover the honorarium and travel for the instructor and
- The local group is responsible for housing and feeding the instructor.
- Participants will receive from SVS a Certificate of Continuing Education, indicating the number of hours completed.
- In January of 2013, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) formed the Department of Continuing Education, mandating that all clergy receive 20 hours of education and training each year. The St. Vladimir's Certificate of Continuing Education counts towards this requirement.
Potential workshops and instructors available are:
Dr. Daniel Hinshaw: end–of–life issues
The Rev. Dr. Sergius Halvorsen: development of preaching skills
The Rev. Dr. Nicholas Solak: conflict resolution