In 2005 we moved to Vancouver with the intent of me returning to studies to earn my Master of Divinity. There are three colleges recognized by my denomination as having the necessary courses for eligibility to be ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. The college I chose was Vancouver School of Theology. From the onset I was so grateful that I had. Not only were the courses challenging and enlightening, the community supportive and worshipful, but the campus itself was beautiful.
The north face of “the Castle” is lovely. Set at the top of a slight rise it draws the eye upward. When I began studies there the silhouette was uninterrupted. Since, the skyline has been changed with the rectangular shapes of high-rise student residences and condominiums. A shame.
The building does not boast many embellishments. The subtle simplicity of the stone blocks in varying sizes and the small carvings over the entrance ways are in keeping with the purpose of the building. God is in the small things.
The charter of the college is magnificently illuminated. Originally housing the Union College of British Columbia, the Iona Building was completed in the 1930’s and is an ecumenical college educating Anglican, United Church of Canada and Presbyterian students. The charter hangs in the library.
I spent many hours there, writing, reading, researching, photocopying.
The Merton reading room is a quiet reading/meditation room. It has comfy large chairs and it was not unusual to find a student napping there.
During my time there the college completed an environmentally controlled archive for many of its older and antique volumes. People come from all over to access the theological resources.
The building was upgraded to meet seismic requirements, completed in 2005, the year I started. The interior was brand new, bright and beautiful my first day of college. Enjoy some of the interior views and patterns. It was a delight to study and worship there.
Amazing stain glass window in the sanctuary, and beautiful glass sculpture depicting Creation in the foyer.
View of the north shore mountains at morning. Taken from the 6th floor of the Iona Building