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Decatur, GA. Columbia Theological Seminary will host two days of the 2011 Leaders in the Academy Conference of the Fund for Theological Education (FTE). On the seminary campus June 3-5 will be 40 African American doctoral theology students who are newly elected FTE Doctoral and Dissertation Year Fellows. Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs, J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics at the seminary, is among the team of faculty mentors providing leadership for the event. The conference theme is "Reflecting Globally, Leading Locally: Theological Scholarship in Dialogue with Diaspora."
FTE is a national, ecumenical organization dedicated to supporting a new generation of talented, diverse Christian leaders who renew the church and change the world through vocations in pastoral ministry and theological education. Doctoral and Dissertation Year Fellows are selected by FTE from a competitive pool of applicants. The awards include a financial stipend, a travel stipend to attend the annual conference, and other professional development opportunities.
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. For more information, visit www.ctsnet.edu.