Open University & Lunch and Life

The Fall Open University Session Begins September 17, 2018

Click here for the 2018 Fall schedule

Click here to pay tuition with your credit card

There are three, 8-week sessions, of the Open University (OU) and it is the best bargain when it comes to lifelong learning in RVA.  When you become a member (only $25 for the whole year), you pay just $45 per 8-week term and you can attend any and all of the classes that we offer at either location for that one price. Registration is not for individual courses, but for the entire eight week session. You’ll find offerings in history, literature, political science, arts, foreign languages and so much more.  Our instructors are both retired and active professors from area universities, along with business professionals, world travelers and local celebrities. Best of all, there are no tests to take or papers to write!  Those who are 50 years of age or older usually attend classes.

2018-2019 Schedule & Locations:

Fall: September 17 through November 8, 2018
Winter: January 14 through March 7, 2019
Spring: March 25 through May 23, 2019

Open University (OU) Mondays: St. Luke Lutheran, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy, Richmond – 23225  map

Open University (OU) Thursdays:  First Presbyterian Church  4602 Cary St at Lock Lane, Richmond – 23226 map

Lunch & Life (LAL) on Wednesdays: St. Mary Catholic Church  9505 Gayton Rd, Richmond – 23229 map   Four-week, Lunch-n-Life lecture series. Free to the Public – No membership or tuition required.

To pay tuition:

  • Print a copy of the schedule using the link above, fill out the registration form and mail it, with a check, to the office;
  • Pay with your credit card by CLICKING HERE;
  • Sign up the day of classes at any OU location.

Pre-registration is not required and we do not register for individual courses.  You may attend any or all that you desire at both locations!


We will no longer strictly follow public school closings. During the first days of inclement weather, we will follow what the schools are doing.  BUT, when closings seem to go on endlessly due to outlying neighborhoods, we will then make the decision to be OPEN or CLOSED ourselves. As always, please use your own best judgment about travelling in bad weather.

You will find our weather closings:

  • posted on TSCOR’s website;
  • emailed automatically to those subscribed to the TSCOR website;
  • recorded on the TSCOR office answering machine;
  • scrolled on channels 6 and 8 along with other school and business closings.

We urge you to subscribe to the TSCOR website to get noticesTo subscribe to, look on the right of this page (or any page on the website).  Just under the Shepherd’s Center logo and the Donate Button is a box where you can type your email address.  When you’ve put in your email address, just click on the button that reads “sign me up”.  Your email address is safe and secure with us.  The Center will NEVER give your email address to any third-party.  And, we will not swamp you with needless messages…only the interesting and important ones.