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Creation Care Sermon Winner: Kate Buckley!
This year’s winner for the Creation Care Sermon is Kate Buckley (’14) for her submission “Down and Dirty”. She will present this sermon on Friday, April 25 at a service led by SAGE. Kate is a senior in the MDiv program and a sustainable food and farming intern for Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL). She grew up near the marshlands of Brunswick, GA and graduated with a degree in telecommunications from the University of Georgia. During the Eco-Explorations program at Columbia Seminary, Kate was introduced to the role of sustainability in ministry which transformed and clarified her vocation. She is excited about ways her theological background intersects with the local food movement. Kate enjoys helping others provide wholesome, God-conscious meals for their families.
PCUSA Study Grant
You may find information regarding the PCUSA Study grant at this link: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/financialaid/presbyterian-study-grant/. Applications are now available. Please call CTS Financial Planning Office if you have questions that are not answered at the site.
Spring CSA Box
Spring Global Growers Network CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box sign ups are happing now! Box deliveries start Sunday, April 27. You can order a full or half share through either August or November. Our drop off location is at First United Methodist in downtown Decatur Sundays from 12-2pm. Check out this link for more information https://www.farmigo.com/join/globalgrowersnetwork/summer2014 or contact Sagects@gmail.com.
Change Passwords for “Heartbleed Bug”
Some of you may have heard about the “Heartbleed Bug” which affects passwords for certain websites using SSL. A few folks have asked questions about how this might affect our server. The company which hosts our website has added the latest patch. Additionally, our website does NOT use SSL, and so was not vulnerable to this particular bug. A Mashable article published today lists websites for which you may need to change your password on personal accounts now that most servers have been updated with the new patch: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link. One that stands out is Gmail, as our student email accounts have a Gmail interface. We are still researching whether there was any impact. The best course of action is for all students to change passwords on your accounts. This is not necessary for faculty and staff email accounts which are maintained internally.
New KAM Journal: Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers
The Korean American Ministries (KAM) at Columbia Theological Seminary has published a new journal issue, No. 6 "Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers." The whole issue is available in English and can be downloaded at http://webkam.org/journal.
"Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers" represents a sampling of Korean sermons, and highlights the significant life of early preachers in the history and development of the Protestant churches in Korea. This is not a complete list, but is a representation of denominationally recognized names of early Christian leaders in Korea. To read more about KAM at Columbia Seminary and the story behind this journal, see the news release at: http://www.ctsnet.edu/news-release?id=721.
Supply Preaching for Summer 2014
Students who have successfully completed P-151 and have interest in serving as a supply preacher over the summer may register with the Alumni/ae and Church Relations Office. To register, contact Barbara Poe at email@example.com, or 404-687-4566. Provide contact information and dates you would be available.
Scholarship Application Due Date Reminders
Apollos Scholarships due April 15: The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation accepts applications for Apollos Scholarships until April 15. Scholarships are in the amount of $1,500 or $3,000 per semester for up to 3 years of study. Please arrange for references and transcripts to be received in the Foundation office by April 15 as well. All completed applications will be forwarded to the selection committee following verification of status as Inquirer or Candidate with the CPM of their Presbytery, and as a full-time student making progress toward an M.Div. degree. Announcement of scholarship recipients is made on or about August 1. In the 60 years since the Foundation began financial support for seminarians, 69 students from Columbia Theological Seminary have benefited from loans (early years) and scholarships (since 1992). Please consider applying.
CTS 2014-15 Financial Aid Application due April 30: Please remember that you must apply each year for CTS Financial Aid. The deadline for 2014-15 is April 30, 2014. You must also complete the 2014-15 FAFSA or renewal, as appropriate. The 2014-15 CTS FA Application is a PDF fill-able document located at http://www.ctsnet.edu/financial-planning. Scroll down the page and find “Need Based Aid.” All the information that you will need is located under Need Based Aid. Click on Fill-in Application. Wait a minute and the box for the password will appear. The password is CTS1415FA. You have the option of submitting the application via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. or placing the application in inter-office mail addressed to: Vivian Hodo, CTS FPO, Box #1F. If you have problems or concerns please contact the CTS Office of Financial Planning.
April Library News
The library will be closed Wednesday, March 5 (will open from 4pm to 10pm) in order for the staff to participate in the CTS COMMUNITY DAY OF LEARNING, REFLECTION, AND ACTION.
The John Bulow Campbell Library presents a new exhibit
The Texts of Christianity: featuring Christian texts from around the world
The JBCL will be sending out courtesy and overdue notices via email tomorrow for the first time. They are addressed to official CTS email addresses. If you have any issues, please notify us!
Library & Resources
The CTS faculty recently approved the adoption of the 8th edition of Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers as the official style guide for Columbia Seminary. The 8th edition of Turabian offers changes that include:
- Updated coverage on finding and using digital sources (including Twitter, Kindle editions, blogs, and more)
- Alignment with the most recent Chicago Manual of Style, the sixteenth edition
- Revised guidelines—vetted by dissertation officials nationwide—for formatting research papers, theses, and dissertations and preparing them for submission
- An updated discipline-specific bibliography, organized by subject area, that lists current sources for research and style issues
Library Spotlight for April!
Religious & Theological Abstracts (R&TA) is a database that provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology. The results of a search done in R&TA will rarely be identical to the results of the same search done in the ATLA Religion Database. Use both databases to get the best coverage.
- Currently abstracts more than 400 journals, with summaries produced by a team of scholars from around the world.
- Coverage includes journals relating to Christianity, Judaism, and other world religions.
- English language abstracts are provided for articles in French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Afrikaans, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish.
- Years of coverage: 1948 to the present.
Access to R&TA is available from the Database Index page.
JBC Library Adds Twentieth-Century Religious Thought to Online Collections
Twentieth Century Religious Thought is a multivolume, cross-searchable online collection of works related to key worldwide religious thinkers, from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century. Included in the collection are:
A significant collection of the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
A selection of the papers of Reinhold Niebuhr.
English-language editions of key authors such as Hans Urs von Baltasar, Rudolf Bultmann, James Cone, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Adolf von Harnack, Henri de Lubac, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Dorothee Sölle, and Ernst Troeltsch.
Access the database via the CTS alphabetical listing of databases: http://atoz.ebsco.com/Providers/1600
The John Bulow Campbell Library presents a new exhibit
THE TEXTS OF CHRISTIANITY: FEATURING CHRISTIAN TEXTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Federal Loan Requests for 2013-2014
No federal loan requests will be considered after April 11, 2014 for the current academic year, 2013-2014, unless the request is deemed an emergency by the Office of Financial Planning.