Open University Winter Schedule is Here!

The winter 2023 Open University schedule is online at right now and due to arrive in mailboxes soon! Classes start Monday, January 9th. But first, some announcements:

  • Mondays continue to meet in person.
  • Thursdays are ONLINE ONLY. This is a change from the fall session.
  • Some classes and all of the lunch speakers are hybrid – you can attend in person, or virtually via Zoom.
  • TSCOR and OU follow CDC Covid guidelines. Masks are optional, but recommended in smaller classrooms. See the current CDC guidelines here.

Now that you’re up to speed…
See the schedule here.
Register and pay online here.

See you soon – at the OU!

Welcome to our new LLC

I know that many of you have met her, but we would like to officially welcome Erin Reibel, our Lifelong Learning Coordinator (LLC), to The Shepherd’s Center.

She will be at the Open University and Lunch and Life, as well as behind the scenes, helping us to offer Richmond’s lifelong learners one of the best programs in the area.

So, if you haven’t introduced yourself, please do!

The following is a press release from the Brandylane Publicity Department:

Join Weldon Bradshaw, author of My Dance with Grace, at First Presbyterian Church (4602 Cary Street Rd, Richmond, VA, 23226) on Thursday, February 16 from 12:30-1:15 PM for a talk titled “Gifts: Thoughts of a Transplant Survivor.” This event will be hosted by The Shepherd’s Center  (TSCOR) as part of their Open University program. Weldon will be a “Lunch Speaker” and attendees are encouraged to bring a sandwich (coffee and desserts to be provided). Copies of Weldon’s book, My Dance with Grace, will be available for purchase following the talk. This event is free and open to the public.

Late in 2009, Weldon Bradshaw was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, an incurable, autoimmune liver condition. Over the next two and a half years, as the disease progressed slowly and his liver and health deteriorated, his prognosis grew bleak. By November of 2012, his doctor informed him that if he didn’t receive a transplant, he’d be dead within the week. Through it all, Weldon remained steadfast to the promise he’d made his family at the outset of his illness: he would be there to dance at his granddaughter’s wedding. A high school cross country coach and lifelong athlete, Weldon was accustomed to tests of endurance, spirit, and drive. But nothing could have prepared him for this – the race of his life. It would be a race against time, chance, and hopelessness in the face of devastating odds. It would be a race for a miracle.

This event is part of The Shepherd’s Center’s larger series, Open University, which hosts educational lectures and events on a variety of topics. A complete list of the Winter Session events, as well as more information about “Gifts: Thoughts of a Transplant Survivor” (third page of PDF) can be found here.

For those who are interested in continuing adult education, The Shepherd’s Center offers three 8-week sessions, from September through May. Membership is $25 annually, with tuition at $40 for each session for members. You can attend any or all of the individual classes within any session for that one price. You can find more information about The Shepherd’s Center’s Open University Program and becoming a member on the TSCOR website.logo_circlewithstaffs

Open University’s Lunch-n-Life Cancelled

Richmond City schools are closed again tomorrow which means that our Lunch-n-Life program at St. Mary Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 27th, is cancelled.  We will be opening the office at 10:00am on Wednesday and we will keep our fingers crossed about Thursday’s Open University (OU).  If Richmond City schools are closed, the OU is cancelled.  If there is a delayed opening, we operate at the normal scheduled times.

We hope everyone is doing well with all this snow.  Be very careful if you venture out – Julie


We are OPEN on Columbus Day!

Open University WILL MEET at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Monday, October 12.  We are not closed for Columbus Day.  Hope to see everyone there!!

AND if you haven’t looked at the OLIVER! trip flyer, do it now.  It’s going to be an incredible trip!

Open University Fall Session Begins Monday

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Open University classes begin at St. Luke Lutheran on Monday, September 21.  The bike races are scheduled for the downtown area, so we are not expecting any road issues.  On Thursday, September 24, classes begin at First Presbyterian.  There is a practice bike course on Cary Street that morning, so please enter Lock Lane from Grove Avenue to get to the church.

We hope to see everyone at both locations.

AND, don’t forget Wednesday’s Lunch-n-Life at St. Mary Catholic at 12 noon – free and open to the public.  Bring a sandwich!

We are looking forward to the start of a great school year at the OU!

Shepherd’s Center of America visits Richmond

We had a wonderful visit last week from Sarah Cheney, Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center of America.

Julie and SarahSarah was in Northern Virginia at a ribbon cutting for the newest Shepherd’s Center, Western Fairfax County, one of the now seven Centers in Virginia.  The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond was the first, 31 years ago, and we mentored both the Chesterfield and Oakton-Vienna Shepherd’s Center when they first began.  It’s great to be a part of such an important national organization and a caring community of people meeting the growing needs of aging Americans 60+.  Click this SCA to find out more about Shepherd’s Center of America.

Spring Gray Matters now available online!

The Spring 2015 issue of Gray Matters is now on our website.  You can also view it at the link below.

Gray Matters Spring 2015

ATTENTION – Only 4 more spots available for our trip to Mt. Vernon & the National Marine Corps Museum in Northern Virginia on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Last day to register is this Friday, February 27.  More than just another historic home and a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines–past, present, and future.  It’s going to be a great trip-please join us.  For more details, see the flyer at the link below and then call the office to sign up!

2015 Mount Vernon & Marine Museum Flyer

Open University Spring Class Schedule is on our website NOW!

The Open University class schedule for Spring 2015 is now available on our website.  You can also use the link below!  Classes begin Monday, March 23, 2015 – See you then!!

OU Classes Spring 2015