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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).
The Laramie Project
Time: 4:00 pm
Please join Imago Dei as we remember all those in the LGBTQ community who are persecuted. Laramie Project is a play about the events that followed the terrible death of Matthew Shepard. It will take place in the Harrington Auditorium at 4:00 pm
"Green Cleaning" Awareness Day
Time: 10:00 am
“Green Cleaning” is more than a current marketing trend! Come and learn how it promotes “loving God, neighbor, and self.” In addition, we will have a few “green cleaning” supplies that we find to be effective for you to see (so you don’t have to waste your money on products that don’t work). We will also offer some tips on how to make some inexpensive “green” cleaning supplies that you can use in your home, apartment, office, etc. This program is offered by the Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church Initiative on Wednesday, April 23, at 10am in the Richard’s Center Lobby. For more information, contact Karen Webster (HSHC Director) via e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (803) 873-1682.
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
Explorations Organizational Meeting for Rising Middlers
Time: 5:00 pm
Attention rising middlers (and all MDiv students who have not yet taken required course I-241): The time is NOW to determine where you will explore new contexts for ministry in the 2014-2015 academic year ― Korea, India, Central Europe, Appalachia, or the refugee/immigrant communities of Atlanta. The organizational meeting will be held Thursday, April 24, 5:00-6:00 PM in BLC 102. If you miss this meeting, you may not have a seat on the plane or van going to one of the Explorations destinations. Questions? Contact Kim LeVert at email@example.com .
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 Snack 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
Evening Chapel Service
Time: 5:30 pm
There will be an evening chapel service for the Columbia Seminary community led by Carla Burnett, Paul Kwak and Allison Per-Lee (with Prof. Kim Long). All are invited! It will take place this Monday, April 28 at 7:00 pm in the Harrington Chapel. This will be a Service of Prayer.
Presentation & Conversation on Peace in Israel & Palestine
Time: 7:00 pm
This presentation will be given by former Columbia Seminary student Will Christians based on a recent peace delegation trip to Israel and Palestine with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. The event will take place at 7:00pm on April 28 in BLC 101. Snacks and beverages provided by Claiming Justice.
Chapel Team Orientation for Rising Seniors
Time: 4:00 pm
Rising seniors SAVE THE DATE! There is a Senior Chapel Team Orientation meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 29 from 4:00-5:00 pm in BLC 101. Co-leaders: Dean Joan Gray, Professors Kim Long and Paul Huh, and seminary musician Mike Morgan.
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.