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Hunger and Harvest at North Decatur Presbyterian Church
We’ve all seen the films, read the books: our food system is broken. Environmental degradation grows more severe as food insecurity and hunger increase in urban and rural communities around the world. What are Christians to do in the face of such brokenness? Dr. Jennifer Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education at Candler School of Theology leads a team of teachers in a class for those at North Decatur Presbyterian Church and the surrounding community who wish:
- gain a basic understanding of the environmental, nutritional, economic, and cultural complexities of the food system;
- recall our theological and biblical roots in a shared communion meal; and
- envision faithful responses to the challenges of food insecurity, changes in global agriculture, and the economic security of farmers and laborers.
Time: 9:30-10:30 AM
Dates: October 19 through December 14 (excluding November 30)
Location: Large Classroom (in lower level of the Sanctuary building).
Did you know you now have access to a Research Starter?
Need a quick overview of the concept of Theodicy?
Want to read some biographical information about Augustine?
Simply put the term in the “Search Everything” box on the library homepage – and the first item on the results list will be a Research Starter.
So cool! The information comes from an academic source (much more reliable than Wikipedia) and you can (this is even cooler):
- Listen to the entry (with a British accent or an Australian accent)
- Download the MP3 file
- Change the language to Korean and read it online
- And, with the click of a button, cite it for a paper
Happy Theological Libraries Month
Interest Rates and Fees
Please note the changes in interest rates and fees :
Effective 7/1/2014 the new interest rates are:
Loan Type: Current rate 2014-15 (New)
Direct Unsubsidized 6.21%
(Parents and Grad or Professional)
Direct Plus Loans 7.21%
(Parents and Grad or Professional)
Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized and Plus Loan Fees (New)
First Disbursement Date Loan Fee
Direct Unsubsidized Loans on or after 10/1/14 and before 10/1/2015 1.073%
Direct Plus Loans on or after 10/1/14 and before 10/1/2015 4.292%
Prospective Students Need to Hear from YOU!
The Offices of Admissions and Advanced Professional Studies want to hear from you! The staff of both offices have been working diligently on some new ways to talk about our CTS community via print and electronic media. We want to invite each of you to join us in this conversation.
Below are several questions we would like students, staff, and faculty to choose from and respond to. We would like to use content from some of the responses to develop our new CTS brochure, use as articles for our CTS Mural e-newsletter, publish on our Admissions blog post, and other institutional media. Whether you respond to one or all of the questions, we ask that each response remain between 100-500 words. Email your responses to Monica at KilpatrickM@CTSnet.edu or Claudia at AguilarC@CTSnet.edu, and please include the question(s) to which you are responding.
- What does it mean to live beyond the classroom at Columbia?
- How is your degree program of choice preparing you for your current context and/or future ministry?
- How has your understanding of Christianity changed or broadened through our international programs?
- Who comes to Columbia?
- What is the importance of lifelong learning/continuing education in your ministry?
- In what ways does the worship life at Columbia cultivate community?
Faculty and Staff
- How are you preparing leaders who serve the church into the future?
- As a staff person, how do you see your role in the formation of students?
Shaping Attention to God's Earth (SAGE)
Our faith calls us to work for a world where everyone has sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food! And those who produce and prepare the food are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!
Next Week October 12-19 is the Churches Week of Action on Food. SAGE is sponsoring a number of activities that will help focus our mind, bodies, and spirits on issues of food justice.
Friday Oct 10 from 3-5 pm Happy Hour in the Garden: We will get a head start on the week, with Happy Hour in the Garden. We are going to focus on trying to get some sweet potatoes out of the ground!
Tuesday Oct 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 Potluck-apalooza: Come to the NRH basement and join in a potluck dinner. We are encouraging people to bring healthy, colorful food - locally grown if possible. Bring your place setting with you so we can keep the meal sustainable.
Volunteers Needed for Seminary Weekend
In 4 weeks, we will welcome a group of prospective students on our campus for Seminary Weekend. This is a time for them to learn more about their call and Columbia Theological Seminary. We need lots of students to volunteer to help welcome them to campus from leading games, showing your room, decorating campus, or simply fellowshipping with them at the table. There are a variety of ways to help before and during the weekend of November 7-8. Please Click Here to Volunteer to sign up! If you have any further questions, please email email@example.com.
Fall Clothes Closet Hours
The Clothes Closet is a ministry for missionaries and members of the CTS community located at 235 Inman Drive. For fall semester, here are Clothes Closet hours.
Monday. 10-12, 3-6
Wednesday. 10-12, 1-3, 7-9:30
Please note the Closet will be closed from Wed Oct 8 to Thurs Oct 16.
We are fully stocked with clothes right now with all sizes from newborn to XXL adult. Students should come by this week! The Clothes Closet is maintained by volunteers who may occasionally need to cancel their time slot without notice.
Healthy Seminarians Healthy Church
For those of you who were not able to visit the HSHC informational table this past Tuesday and Wednesday during the lunch hour, we wanted to let you know about one of the HSHC initiative opportunities that will be starting up very soon - the “Moving in Wholeness” small group. Here is a bit more information:
- The small group (open to everyone in the CTS community) will come together with the dual purpose of discussing health from a biblical and theological perspective and learning some practical ways we can cultivate healthy (physical, mental, and spiritual) habits.
- We will meet 1-2x/month for 1 hour (there is no required reading, papers, etc.). We were thinking that meeting during the lunch hour may work, but we are also open to other suggestions.
- Additional Perks:
- Each participant can receive free personalized fitness and nutritional consultations with Karen (who has been certified as a Health and Fitness Specialist for 12 years and as a Nutrition Specialist for 3 years).
- The curriculum we have created has been used here at CTS as well as in several churches with good success. Thus, by participating, you will gain some valuable tools & resources that you can use not only in your personal journey, but in whatever context God is calling you to vocationally.
We would like to receive completed registration forms by next Tuesday, September 23rd. This gives us enough time to get things organized for our first meeting, which will take place hopefully the following week!
Agness Scott Pool & Fitness Center
CTS Students and Staff can use the pool and weight room at Agnes Scott College. The weight room is open Mon. – Fri. 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-1pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. There is NO FEE for using these facilities, but you are required to show your CTS ID card. The hours for the pool are listed on their website: http://athletics.agnesscott.edu/athletics/facilities/swimpass-tab.
New from the library
New to the library!
- Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive authoritative research guides combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia.*
- 146 entries and more on the way. Contains entries on Christology, Baptism, and the Lord’s Prayer as well as Biblical books, people, and places.
- Check out the list of articles and contributors.
- Features include: searching within each article, a table of contents for each article allowing the user to jump to the most relevant content, and links to related articles.
- A great way to point students to reliable and authoritative information (without overwhelming them).
Bonus: Christine Yoder is on the editorial board!
*The library currently subscribes to the subject area of Biblical Studies. If other subject areas would be helpful to you and your research please let us know.
Direct access to Oxford Bibliographies is available on the Database Index page.