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Baptism and Beyond: Scaffolding a Life of Discipleship

Starting: 4/23/2014
Ending: 4/25/2014

How does one guide children, youth, and young adults in being followers of the living Christ in the world rather than simply handing them information about Jesus? How do we nurture all ages to live out their baptismal vows in their daily lives in ways that are counter-cultural to a life of consumption and self-fulfillment? This event looks at ways that we can act as a scaffold for age-appropriate engagement with mission in the church and world. Special attention will be given to the elementary school ages of six-twelve, but there will also be times of engaging with how these methods of discipleship may then lead to continued progression in the youth and young adult years. 

Instructors: Anne H.K. Apple and Kathy Dawson

Details and Registration.

"Come See Columbia" Day

Starting: 4/24/2014
Ending: 4/24/2014

Columbia Friendship Circle began when the wives of two seminary professors encouraged other Atlanta wives to contribute one dollar each to help the seminary. From that small group, Columbia Friendship Circle has grown to include all who participate in the Presbyterian Women's organizations throughout the synods of South Atlantic and Living Waters.

Throughout its history, Columbia Friendship Circle has been an organization deeply concerned about the well-being of ministers, missionaries, and Christian educators called by God to be the leaders of Christ's church. Columbia Friendship Circle addresses this concern in their threefold statement of purpose:

  • To pray for the students, faculty, staff, and all members of the seminary community
  • To encourage men and women to consider Christian ministry
  • To provide financial assistance through selected projects that help meet the seminary's needs

Carrying on the tradition of its founding members, the Columbia Friendship Circle has helped seminary students in a variety of ways. The group's projects include establishment of the Peter Marshall Chair of Homiletics; furnishings for residence halls, the library, and classrooms, an organ for the chapel; housing for married students; and continuing education for ministers. In recent years support has focused on scholarships for students with families and fellowships awarded to outstanding graduates.

Worship with the seminary community led by President Steve Hayner, meet the scholarship recipients, have lunch and visit with students and faculty and other CFC members.

Contact Barbara Poe for more information at

Colloquium 2014: Loving the World Next Door

Starting: 4/25/2014
Ending: 4/29/2014

In partnership with the Interfaith Community Initiatives of Atlanta, the Office of Alumni/ae Relations at Columbia Theological Seminary presents a two-part event called “Loving the World Next Door”. Over the weekend, professor emeritus Ben Campbell Johnson will host an interfaith immersion experience at various locations in the Atlanta area. On Monday and Tuesday, classroom instruction will be offered about a variety of the world’s faith traditions by members of the Columbia Faculty. Participants will have the option of attending either or both of these segments, or all five days of the event.

"We believe that an exploration of this topic can provide clergy and laypersons alike with relevant and useful resources for living and working in the world today," stated Randy Calvo, Jr., director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations. Below are just some of the comments others have made about this experience with Ben Johnson:

  • "This program put flesh on my skeletal understanding of other faiths."
  • "The series of experiences opened my eyes, my heart and my awareness."
  • "It was a wonderful experience of learning about people of other faiths."
  • "I was exposed to ways I can engage my own faith more deeply, and it opened doors for me to engage other faiths."

This is a time when all of the world’s cultures and religions are encountering one another at an unprecedented rate through the internet, instant communications, and the ability to travel anywhere in the world within 24 hours. The event is an opportunity to recognize that all of the world faiths are present among us, and many of them live next door. The Atlanta Metro Area includes the five major religions: Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Muslims and also other faiths.

Details and Registration


Itinerary   April 25-27, 2014



9:00 am                    Gather at Columbia Theological Seminary    

9:00 – 10:00 am        Welcome, orientation, & introductions of the participants; brief intro to Islam   

10:00 – 11:00 am       Personal Story of a Muslim   

11:00 - 11:30 am        Travel by bus to the 14th Street Masjid   

12:30 – 2:00 pm         Lunch and conversation with Muslims    

2:00 – 3:30 pm          Worship with Muslims    

3:30 – 4:30 pm          Travel by bus to Temple Sinai    

4:00 – 5:00 pm          Presentation of Jewish faith & Visit to Temple    

5:30 – 6:30 pm          Snack together    

6:30- 7:00                 Worship with Jewish Community 



8:30 – 9:00 am          Gather at  Columbia Seminary travel to 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA    

9:00 – 11:00 am        Basics of Vedant and Conversation   

11:00 am – 12:00       Travel by bus to the Temple in Riverdale   

12:00 – 2:30 pm         Visit two Hindu Temples; presentation, conversation and lunch with Hindus  

2:30 – 3:30 pm          Travel by bus back to CTS  



8:30 -- 10:00                     Gather at Columbia Chapel for introduction to Buddhism    

10:00 – 10:30 am              Travel by bus to The Buddhist Monastery    

11:00 am – 12:00 pm         Worship with Buddhists   

12:30 – 1:00 pm                 Return after worship to CTS    

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch & Reflections in the Library

Evening Chapel Service

Starting: 4/28/2014
Ending: 4/28/2014

There will be an evening chapel service for the Columbia Seminary community led by Carla Burnett, Paul Kwak and Allison Per-Lee (with Prof. Kim Long). All are invited! It will take place this Monday, April 28 at 7:00 pm in the Harrington Chapel. This will be a Service of Prayer. 

Evangelism in Ministry - Thompson Scholars 2014

Starting: 4/29/2014
Ending: 5/2/2014

Thompson Scholars 2014 will take place April 29-May 2 and explore the topic,  "A Different World: Evangelism for the Screen Share Generation." For program description and application instructions, please visit

Forum: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual & Social Lives

Starting: 4/30/2014
Ending: 4/30/2014

The Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to sponsor Forum on April 30. Please mark your calendar and don’t miss Dr. Craig Detweiler, author of iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives, Detweiler, a  nationally known writer and speaker on media issues, will offer a Christian perspective on navigating today's social media culture. He is Associate Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University, is a graduate of Davidson College, the University of Southern California's acclaimed film school, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary.

Forum: Towards a Dalit Liberative Hermeneutics

Starting: 5/7/2014
Ending: 5/7/2014

Visiting scholar, Dr. Jesurathnam, will offer a lecture on Dalit theology during a Wednesday Forum on May 7. He will speak on “Towards a Dalit Liberative Hermeneutics: Re-reading the Psalms of Lament.” The liberative hermeneutics is the common ground and concern in our quest to see inter-relatedness between Biblical and Dalit worlds. The important objective in the liberative praxis for Dalits is their liberation from the socio-cultural oppression. The Dalit liberative praxis oriented hermeneutics is geared towards the liberation of Dalits from the psychological, cultural and social oppression and to empower them to get organized in their struggle for freedom.

2014 Commencement Schedule

Starting: 5/16/2014
Ending: 5/17/2014

Friday, May 16


10:00 am

Commencement Rehearsal


Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia


12:30 pm

Picnic on the Quadrangle


Columbia Theological Seminary


Reservations required (Alumni Office details later)


6:30 pm

Baccalaureate Service


Columbia Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia


Preacher:  Dr. Catherine Gunsalus González, Professor of Church History Emerita


Reception with refreshments following service at Broyles Leadership Center

Saturday, May 17


10:00 am

Commencement Service


Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia


Reception following service, Fellowship Hall

Leadership in Ministry Workshop (Atlanta) NEW Extended Learning Opportunity

Starting: 11/17/2014
Ending: 11/19/2014

Dates:             Session I - Nov. 17-19, 2014

                      Session II – March 9-11, 2015

The Center for Lifelong Learning is a new location for Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops beginning in the fall of 2014. Participants will learn how the concepts of family emotional process can be applied to their own ministry contexts, and, explore the theological implications of these concepts. This program is comprised of two three-day sessions (fall and spring). Each session follows the themes of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s book, Generation to Generation, with one day devoted to each of the minister’s three interlocking families: the minister’s own personal family (nuclear and extended), congregation member families and the congregation as a family. 

The Program fee of $480 includes all program fees, refreshments and six meals for each session (dinner Monday through lunch Wednesday. Housing on campus is available for an additional cost).

Details and registration