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Any events involving a room reservation must be confirmed on the calendar through the Business Office (Miguel Chavez at 404-687-4510 or ChavezM@CTSnet.edu).
Clergy Robes Days in the Bookstore
On Tuesday and Wednesday January 20 and 21 a representative from Cokesbury will be on campus to measure people and take orders for custom clergy robes. She will bring samples of robes and other clergy attire for you to see. May be a good idea to plan for a Christmas or Graduation present from family or your church.
Coffee Mugs in the Refectory
As you may have noticed, the refectory is now using coffee mugs during coffee hour as part of a larger attempt to cut down on waste. We are so grateful for all of you who donated mugs to the project! When you come to coffee hour (or breakfast, or lunch, or whenever), please feel free to take the mugs with you, and return them later (clean or not). Additionally, if you find any mugs in your own kitchen that you may not feel extremely attached to, bring those as well. We'll be collecting mugs for as long as you want to bring them.
After the first week of the mug project, Will Altman informed us that whereas we used to go through 50-75 paper cups per day, we are now going through about 50 per week! That's a huge difference, and is a great start toward making CTS more sustainable and a place where we truly learn to care for God's creation. Thank you all for participating, and be on the lookout for more sustainability projects in the future!
FASPE: Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics
FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of the clergy during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today. Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing religious leaders today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.
The 2015 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 14 to June 24, 2015. Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Inter-faith dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program. All FASPE programs are non-denominational and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply. FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: www.faspe.info. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Thorin R. Tritter, Ph.D., Managing Director of FASPE at ttritter@FASPE.info.
New Intro to Christianity Series on AIB
Premiering October 27 and featuring many of our faculty, AIB will begin a new series called “Christian Encounters.” How did Christianity develop and grow from a Jewish sect to a religion with the most adherents around the world? In this AIB series, we meet with theologians and clergy from across the metro Atlanta area to broaden perspectives on what Christianity has looked like and does look like across time and space. This 12-part series attends to both historical developments and cultural/geographic diversity, featuring a mixture of interviews with local scholars and church leaders, together with filming a variety of Christian communities in the area. For more information, visit the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters website at: http://aibtv.com/introtochristianity/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.