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Date: 10/20/2014 - 10/24/2014
For Theological Libraries Month. Theological Chocolate all week in the library lobby.
Food & Garden Spirituality in the New Testament
Date: 10/23/2014 - 10/26/2014
Garden. Vineyard. Mustard seed. Tree of life. Soil. Root. Branch. In this session we will explore together agricultural imagery that is at the heart of biblical stories and teachings. Our traditions invite us to return regularly to the garden, to experience anew how human beings can only thrive when we are integrated into the whole of creation.
Instructor: Gail O’Day Location: Montreat Conference Center
Retirement planning doesn't end when you retire. This free one-day seminar is an informative update on the state of the Pension Plan and other applicable resources. It’s designed for those who receive a pension check from the PCUSA Board of Pensions: retired plan members, survivors, and their guests. Covered topics include:
- One’s vocation in retirement
- Pension Plan update
- Medicare and Medicare supplement update
- Post-employment financial management
- Housing allowance and retirement
- Assessing your estate plan (including updating wills)
The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Course registration for this event is through the Board of Pension (www.pensions.org/seminars) and registration will be announced in the summer of 2014. Please direct general inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-773-7752, ext. 7223. Registered participants will receive instructions about housing and meals as part of the registration process.
Instructors: Board of Pensions Education Specialist
SCC Mid-Term Specials
Date: 10/23/2014 - 10/24/2014
Next week during mid-terms, the SCC will sponsor coffee in the library. Additionally, the SCC will have the chapel open during regular chapel times for a time of prayer and meditation.
Ordination Exams (Exegesis, Polity, Theology, Worship and Sacraments)
Date: 10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
October 24 and 25, with Exegesis due October 30.
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014
Sam Burchfield Concert
Time: 8:30 pm
On Sunday October 26 at 8:30 PM, Columbia will be hosting a concert by Sam Burchfield in the Harrington Auditorium. Sam is a local rising musician, with a history in American Idol and a recently produced album- Where to Run. Sam's sound can be described as soulful funk, and his music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube! Join us on the 26th for an evening of incredible talent! Admission is free, and parking may be found behind the library. We hope to see you there!
Smyth Lecture Display
Books and articles by Kathleen Callahan in the Library lobby. 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. For more information about Kathleen Cahalan and the Smyth Lectures, please visit: http://www.ctsnet.edu/news-release?id=737.
Smyth Lectures with Kathleen Cahalan
Date: 10/28/2014 - 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: http://www.ctsnet.edu/news-release?id=737
Webinar on Revisions to PCUSA Directory for Worship
Time: 2:00 pm
A webinar on the proposed revisions to the PCUSA Directory for Worship will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Anyone who is interested is invited to gather in BLC E211 to listen in. Following a request of the General Assembly, a staff team worked in consultation with a diverse group of pastors, professors, and mid-council leaders to develop a draft to send to the 220th General Assembly (2014). The General Assembly voted to send the draft revision to the church for a year-long period of study and comment, ending July 1, 2015. The proposed revision is not a new Directory for Worship. It seeks to preserve the spirit and strength of precursor documents—a tradition that has shaped Presbyterian worship from 1645 to the present, more than 350 years. At the same time, this is a thorough revision, seeking to speak clearly, authentically, and faithfully to this church in this time and place. Certain principles shaped the work of revision:
- to uphold the essentials of Reformed faith, life, and worship;
- to respond to changing contexts, changing congregations;
- to allow for more flexibility and diverse cultural expressions;
- to use “we” language (vs. “they”) for the people of God;
- to streamline contents and provide user-friendly organization;
- to simplify language and rewrite in a more accessible style;
- to reduce verbiage and eliminate redundancy; and
- to enhance the Directory’s usefulness as a teaching document.
NEW COURSE: Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AS OF 9/18/14
Date: 11/3/2014 - 11/5/2014
Do you have fewer than 150 in your worship service? This event is for you!
Three former Alban Consultants present material specially designed for small congregations. A series of four learning modules address key aspects of small church vitality, including a closing session designed to help participants integrate their learning. Discounts for teams are available.
Instructors: Congregational Consultants Sarai Rice and John Wimberly, and Senior Consultant Dan Hotchkiss.