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2014 Opening Convocation

Starting: 9/4/2014
Ending: 9/4/2014

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for the Opening Convocation of Columbia Seminary. The event will be held at Columbia Presbyterian Church on Thursday, September 4 at 11:00 am (new time). This year’s Convocation will begin Columbia Seminary’s 187th session, and is open to the public.

The speaker will be Andrew Foster Connors, Senior Pastor of the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church where he has served since 2004. A church “alive in the city and the world,” Brown Memorial Park Avenue continues to live into its mission to become a radically inclusive Christian community, sent into the world to work for God’s peace and justice. (See more on our blog!)


Opening Convocation will take place at 11:00-12:00 on Thursday morning, September 4, at Columbia Presbyterian Church (across Kirk Road from the seminary). The Convocation Luncheon will take place at 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Refectory and Ellis Room. As September 4 is the first day of classes, the class schedule needs to be adjusted. The class schedule has been adjusted to allow each class to meet a minimum of 55 minutes on Thursday, September 4. 

Please note below the adjusted class meeting times.  If your class is not listed below, you will proceed with meeting at the regularly scheduled time.

*8:30-9:25 am  P540-Introduction to Christian Worship, Kim Long

*9:30-10:25 am  B520-Old Testament Interpretation I, Brennan Breed, Bill Brown & Ryan Bonfiglio 

*9:30-10:25 am  B530-New Testament Interpretation I, Beth Johnson & Raj Nadella

*1:45-2:50 pm  B671-Paul in Prison: Philippians, …, Stan Saunders

*1:45-2:50 pm  HD630-An Historical & Theological…, John Azumah


* Morning classes will end by 10:25 am to allow time for everyone to line up at 10:30 a.m. and then process to Columbia Presbyterian by 10:50 a.m.

*Process at 10:50 am from BLC Courtyard/Arch to Columbia Presbyterian Church.

*The Convocation luncheon will take place at 12:15-1:30 pm in the refectory.  At the end of the Convocation service, faculty will line up on the sidewalk outside of CPC to greet new students.  After greeting students, please proceed promptly to the refectory for lunch.  We are on a tight schedule!

*Classes scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm will have an adjusted start time of 1:45 pm.  

Cancelled: Marcus Borg

Starting: 9/11/2014
Ending: 9/11/2014

This event is canceled due to personal health matters.

Seminary/Theological Education Sunday

Starting: 9/21/2014
Ending: 9/21/2014

September 21, 2014, is “Seminary/Theological Education Sunday” for the PC(USA), and Columbia wants to use this as an opportunity to broaden awareness of the seminary. The Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations is working now to identify churches who will welcome a member of the faculty, staff, or student body to teach, preach, and/or do a minute for mission in behalf of Columbia on that day.

If your calendar is not already committed, you are encouraged to save this date and plan to join with us as we work to “put a face” on Columbia Seminary for people on the pews. Because of the nature of this effort, no honoraria will be paid, but travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Agnes Scott Service at Decatur Pres

Starting: 9/28/2014
Ending: 9/28/2014

There will be a very special worship service on September 28, 2014, to commemorate the historical relationship between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC).  This event will celebrate these two institutions with speakers providing past, present, and future perspectives on how the relationship between ASC and DPC has impacted their journey.  The Reverend Dr. Todd Speed, senior pastor at DPC, and the Reverend Kate Colussey-Estes, chaplain of ASC, will oversee a presentation of narratives and music by current students of ASC as well as former alums who participated in the Westminster Group at the college.  Please join us as we celebrate the impact of campus ministry at Agnes Scott College and learn about the exciting plans that Decatur Presbyterian Church has for deepening this connection as the church fulfills its mission, “Every child of God - belonging, engaging, being transformed”.  Sunday School meets at 9:15 am followed by a fellowship time on the lawn at 10:15 prior to the start of worship at 10:30 am at Decatur Presbyterian Church - 205 Sycamore Street ‚Ä®Decatur, GA 30030-3413. If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at

Smyth Lectures with Kathleen Cahalan

Starting: 10/28/2014
Ending: 10/30/2014

Distinguished scholar Dr. Kathleen A. Cahalan of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars will present the Smyth Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 28-30, 2014. The series of three lectures will be offered free to the public each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA.  

  • Tuesday, 7pm: Called to Profess: Why Vocation Matters in the Work We Do
  • Wednesday, 12 noon: Toward Practical Wisdom: Integrative Teaching and Learning in Theological Education
  • Thursday, 12 noon: Spiritual Practice for the Sake of Practical Wisdom: On Discernment, Humility, and Unknowing

The Smyth Lectures were established at Columbia Seminary in 1911 by the bequest of the Rev. Thomas Smyth, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The aim was to establish “a course of lectures on the fundamental principles of the Christian faith.”  The Smyth Lectures are presented to the seminary community each year and are open to all ministers, lay people and members of the community who wish to attend. For more information about Kathleen Cahalan and the Smyth Lectures, please visit:

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 

Preaching the Verbs - A New Approach to Preaching

Starting: 5/4/2015
Ending: 5/6/2015

If you do a quick survey of any Bible passage, you’ll find that the verbs dominate. It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings. And it’s the verbs we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for, week after week. Dr. Anna Carter Florence puts a twist on dramatic theory and invites us to read the biblical “script” by focusing on the verbs that are given and chosen by the characters. What new things will we see and hear in both our sacred text and our human drama when we connect the verbs? How can that, in turn, change and renew our preaching?

Instructors:  Dr. Anna Carter Florence, John Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, assisted by Rev. Khalia Williams, Chapel Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Worship and Preaching.

Details and Registration

Want to stay for an entire week, for independent study/worship planning? See extended stay housing option, or indicate on registration form number of additional nights (departure Friday, May 8).