Decatur, GA—"Emergence NOW," Columbia Theological Seminary's annual January Seminars, takes place January 26-28, 2010, on the seminary campus in Decatur, GA. Leaders include acclaimed editor, author, and lecturer Phyllis Tickle, along with pastor and moderator of the PC (USA) Bruce Reye-Chow, and author/theologians Tony Jones and Philip Clayton. Barbara Brown Taylor, renowned preacher and author, will lead worship on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, "Emergence NOW" will feature plenary sessions, daily worship, and workshops. The $265 program fee includes two lunches. More information and online registration for the event and housing is available here. You may also register by calling 404.687.4587.
Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, the international journal of the book industry, is an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject. In addition to numerous lectures, essays, articles, and interviews, Tickle is the author of over two dozen books in religion and spirituality, most recently The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. She is also the author of the notable and popular The Divine Hours series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer.
Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the PC (USA) and one of the leading voices of post-modernism within Christianity, is the pastor of Mission Bay Community Church, a Presbyterian church located in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. Reyes-Chow is also the co-Host of a weekly Internet radio show, The God Complex: Where fully divine runs smack dab into fully human. In process is his first book, which will be self-published: Embracing the Gray: musings on faith, family, and the pursuit of an American dream.
Philip Clayton holds a triple appointment at Claremont: in the department of religion, the department of philosophy, and as Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology. Clayton has published widely in the fields of theology, the history of philosophy, and the philosophies of science, religion, and the mind. A series of discussions and research centered around an emerging transformation of religion in America is the subject of his upcoming book, Transforming Theology.
Tony Jones is the author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and is theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis. The author of many books on Christian ministry and spirituality, including The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life, he is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. He is also a small business owner.
Barbara Brown Taylor teaches religion at Piedmont College in northeast Georgia and is an adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the author of 12 books, including An Altar in the World, published by HarperOne in February 2009. Her memoir, Leaving Church, met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. She is also an at-large editor for The Christian Century and an occasional commentator on Georgia Public Radio.
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).