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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Date: 3/4/2014 - 3/20/2014
Pilgrimage is one of the oldest and most important spiritual disciplines. The capstone of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program is a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Columbia Seminary will sponsor this journey from March 5-20, 2014. However the journey really begins on March 4 with Orientation in Atlanta. All participants are required to attend all sessions of orientation. We will leave as a group from Atlanta on March 5, 2014.
This once in a lifetime journey consists of 7 days in Galilee and 7 days in Jerusalem. The pilgrimage is designed for spiritual formation and renewal. We will make excursions from the hotel in the mornings, leaving the afternoons free for small groups, rest, journaling and worship. Academy Travel in Decatur will handle all your travel arrangements. There will be readings and orientation before the journey and reflection papers when we return. Remember, if you are doing this pilgrimage in order to graduate, you must complete all other certificate work 3 months prior to the departure date, December 5, 2013.
Instuctors: Deedra Rich and Jim Dant
TOUR deCATUR 5K
Time: 8:00 am
Don’t miss the opportunity to exercise while also helping to raise funds to support educational and enrichment opportunities for the children and youth of Decatur.
Location: Decatur High School Performing Arts Center
8 a.m. - Race Day Registration
8:45 a.m. - One Mile Fun Run Run/Walk.
9:15 a.m. - 5K Road Race/Walk.
10:00 a.m. - Tot Trot (4 and under)
Entry Fees (advanced registration by 3/9/07)
CSD Employees: $20
Children under 18: $15
Late/race day registration for all ages: $30 (t-shirt not guaranteed)
Compass Points: Biblical and Theological Foundations
Date: 3/16/2014 - 3/19/2014
This course will explore biblical foundations, methods of interpretation and resources for scriptural study within the unique context of camp and conference ministry. Participants will be introduced to the basics of reformed theology, an overview of historical creeds, and how theology shapes the practice of ministry in our camp and conference centers.
Instructors: William P. Brown and Martha Moore-Keish
Compass Points: Program Design and Implementation
Date: 3/19/2014 - 3/22/2014
Course content will include an overview of human growth and developmental in relation to Christian education. Learners will encounter a variety of models of teaching, as well as methods of curriculum and program development, interpretation, implementation, and evaluation in a camp and conference setting.
Instructors: Kathy Dawson and Joel Winchip
Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation
Date: 3/30/2014 - 4/4/2014
Interest in spiritual formation is usually related to our individual lives. We search for ways to grow closer to God through a variety of spiritual practices and may seek out others committed to the spiritual journey. But we often are unable to take the next step which is to create a community dedicated to spiritual formation. This course will explore many practical ways for building such a community by teaching spiritual formation in our congregations.
We will begin by discussing what we mean by spiritual formation and envision what it might look like in a congregation. Then we will experience practices that guide our own spiritual formation, and find ways to share these disciplines with others. We will look closely and compassionately at our own churches to discern their needs for spiritual growth. Finally, we will discuss specific methods for introducing spiritual formation and eliciting commitments from our congregations
The course will be experiential including prayer, small groups, individual reflection, and silence as well as presentations and discussion. You will begin your own teaching plan and have the opportunity to share your ideas with other participants so as to learn from one another.
Instructor: Jane Vennard Location: Columbia Theological Seminary
Baptism and Beyond: Scaffolding a Life of Discipleship
Date: 4/23/2014 - 4/25/2014
How does one guide children, youth, and young adults in being followers of the living Christ in the world rather than simply handing them information about Jesus? How do we nurture all ages to live out their baptismal vows in their daily lives in ways that are counter-cultural to a life of consumption and self-fulfillment? This event looks at ways that we can act as a scaffold for age-appropriate engagement with mission in the church and world. Special attention will be given to the elementary school ages of six-twelve, but there will also be times of engaging with how these methods of discipleship may then lead to continued progression in the youth and young adult years.
Instructors: Anne H.K. Apple and Kathy Dawson
"Come See Columbia" Day
Columbia Friendship Circle began when the wives of two seminary professors encouraged other Atlanta wives to contribute one dollar each to help the seminary. From that small group, Columbia Friendship Circle has grown to include all who participate in the Presbyterian Women's organizations throughout the synods of South Atlantic and Living Waters.
Throughout its history, Columbia Friendship Circle has been an organization deeply concerned about the well-being of ministers, missionaries, and Christian educators called by God to be the leaders of Christ's church. Columbia Friendship Circle addresses this concern in their threefold statement of purpose:
- To pray for the students, faculty, staff, and all members of the seminary community
- To encourage men and women to consider Christian ministry
- To provide financial assistance through selected projects that help meet the seminary's needs
Carrying on the tradition of its founding members, the Columbia Friendship Circle has helped seminary students in a variety of ways. The group's projects include establishment of the Peter Marshall Chair of Homiletics; furnishings for residence halls, the library, and classrooms, an organ for the chapel; housing for married students; and continuing education for ministers. In recent years support has focused on scholarships for students with families and fellowships awarded to outstanding graduates.
Worship with the seminary community led by President Steve Hayner, meet the scholarship recipients, have lunch and visit with students and faculty and other CFC members.
Contact Barbara Poe for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 4/24/2014 - 4/27/2014
Some think the Bible concerns only humans and God. Yet from the first creation story to the end of Revelation, Scripture imagines a larger universe inhabited by other creatures besides ourselves. Genesis 1 shows God’s pleasure with the earth and all its species long before humans appear. Genesis 2 pictures humans made from the ground in order to serve and preserve God’s garden. The speeches of God in Job imagine nature as a wild place, barely understandable to people, yet adored by God. As we come to terms with our ecological limits, we can reignite the imagination to see more clearly our place in creation’s intricate web, to cherish more actively its delicate beauty, and to relish our responsibilities to treat life—human and other—with respect and awe. Enjoying the Eden of Montreat and listening to Scripture, we will explore a spirituality of grateful care, and of realistic hope for facing our generation’s ecological crises.
Instructor: Patricia Tull
Colloquium 2014: Loving the World Next Door
Date: 4/25/2014 - 4/29/2014
In partnership with the Interfaith Community Initiatives of Atlanta, the Office of Alumni/ae Relations at Columbia Theological Seminary presents a two-part event called “Loving the World Next Door”. Over the weekend, professor emeritus Ben Campbell Johnson will host an interfaith immersion experience at various locations in the Atlanta area. On Monday and Tuesday, classroom instruction will be offered about a variety of the world’s faith traditions by members of the Columbia Faculty. Participants will have the option of attending either or both of these segments, or all five days of the event.
"We believe that an exploration of this topic can provide clergy and laypersons alike with relevant and useful resources for living and working in the world today," stated Randy Calvo, Jr., director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations. Below are just some of the comments others have made about this experience with Ben Johnson:
- "This program put flesh on my skeletal understanding of other faiths."
- "The series of experiences opened my eyes, my heart and my awareness."
- "It was a wonderful experience of learning about people of other faiths."
- "I was exposed to ways I can engage my own faith more deeply, and it opened doors for me to engage other faiths."
This is a time when all of the world’s cultures and religions are encountering one another at an unprecedented rate through the internet, instant communications, and the ability to travel anywhere in the world within 24 hours. The event is an opportunity to recognize that all of the world faiths are present among us, and many of them live next door. The Atlanta Metro Area includes the five major religions: Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Muslims and also other faiths.
INTERFAITH IMMERSION WEEKEND
Itinerary April 25-27, 2014
FRIDAY, APRIL 25 -- ISLAM
9:00 am Gather at Columbia Theological Seminary
9:00 – 10:00 am Welcome, orientation, & introductions of the participants; brief intro to Islam
10:00 – 11:00 am Personal Story of a Muslim
11:00 - 11:30 am Travel by bus to the 14th Street Masjid
12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch and conversation with Muslims
2:00 – 3:30 pm Worship with Muslims
3:30 – 4:30 pm Travel by bus to Temple Sinai
4:00 – 5:00 pm Presentation of Jewish faith & Visit to Temple
5:30 – 6:30 pm Smack together
6:30- 7:00 Worship with Jewish Community
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 -- HINDUISM and VEDANTA
8:30 – 9:00 am Gather at Columbia Seminary travel to 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA
9:00 – 11:00 am Basics of Vedant and Conversation
11:00 am – 12:00 Travel by bus to the Temple in Riverdale
12:00 – 2:30 pm Visit two Hindu Temples; presentation, conversation and lunch with Hindus
2:30 – 3:30 pm Travel by bus back to CTS
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 -- BUDDHISM
8:30 -- 10:00 Gather at Columbia Chapel for introduction to Buddhism
10:00 – 10:30 am Travel by bus to The Buddhist Monastery
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Worship with Buddhists
12:30 – 1:00 pm Return after worship to CTS
1:00 – 2:30 pm Lunch & Reflections in the Library
Evangelism in Ministry - Thompson Scholars 2014
Date: 4/29/2014 - 5/2/2014
Thompson Scholars 2014 will take place April 29-May 2 and explore the topic, "A Different World: Evangelism for the Screen Share Generation." For program description and application instructions, please visit http://www.ctsnet.edu/thompson-scholars.