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The Church: A System of Relationships. An Introduction to Bowen Systems Theory and Congregational Leadership
Date: 4/14/2015 - 5/8/2015
This course is an introduction to Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) applied to the congregational context and to congregational leadership. Through formal guided discussions; reflecting on personal experience; and examining latent theological ideals of congregation, Church, and leadership, participants will gain a new understanding of their congregation and their leadership roles. This is an online course.
Instructor: Israel Galindo
Families & Friends at Presbyterian Village
Time: 10:00 am
Columbia Students are invited to come to a Families & Friends day on Saturday, April 18, 10am-3pm at PRESBYTERIAN VILLAGE in Austell. Free mouth-watering barbeque along with great musical entertainment PLUS charming horse & carriage rides, a vintage tractor ride, a Bounce House, games, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones , magicians, and more! We need students to help with on-site registration, game supervision, and making sure some of our less-mobile folks get a taste of the barbeque!
E-Z & Free Parking across the street from the Village! Unload your group on campus and we’ll shuttle your driver back across the street.
WHERE? Presbyterian Village, 2000 East-West Connector, Austell, GA www.phgainc.org
Colloquium 2015: The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience
Date: 4/20/2015 - 4/22/2015
Columbia Theological Seminary announced the speakers for its Colloquium 2015 to be held on April 20–22. Titled “The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience,” it will feature a lineup of some of its most well-known and well-loved faculty emeriti. The annual event will provide both clergy and laypersons with relevant reflection on God’s mission in the world today.
Walter Brueggemann, the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and a prolific author of such books as The Prophetic Imagination and Truth Speaks to Power, will lead off with his new presentation, “Remembering and the Temptation to Amnesia” to be followed later in the event by “Remembering and the Temptation to Nostalgia.” Brueggemann is widely considered to be one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades.
Other top scholars will discuss what God has done, is doing, and will do at the seminary:
- Erskine Clarke, Professor Emeritus of American Religious History and best known for his books Dwelling Place and By the Rivers of Water, will speak on “Columbia Theological Seminary: A Story of Memory and Hope.”
- Catherine Gunsalus González, Professor Emerita of Church History and the first woman to preach on The Protestant Hour(now called Day1), will ask “What Is God Up To Now?”
- Justo González, a leading voice in the growing field of Hispanic theology and renowned for his work The Story of Christianity, will address the topic “Remember the Future.”
William Yoo, the seminary’s new Assistant Professor of American Religious and Cultural History, will be part of a panel with other Columbia Seminary faculty and local church leaders representing a diversity of generational and ethnic perspectives.
“With transitions taking place here at the seminary, in the church, and around the world,” stated Randy Calvo, director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, “remembering is a critical discipline in identifying where we are in the present and where God may lead in the future. We may be tempted to live in the past, or to leave it all behind. At Colloquium 2015, we will explore where past, present and future are inter-related and mutually informative.”
Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu.
Thompson Scholars 2015 - Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development - Application Deadline Extended to JAN. 9, 2015
Date: 4/21/2015 - 4/24/2015
Thompson Scholars 2015 will explore the topic, “Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development." This annual event brings together pastors and other church leaders with a special interest in evangelism. Dr. Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr., associate professor of ministry at the seminary, will lead the seminar, assisted by Rev. David I. Neville, Jr., D.Min, Rev. Jin S. Kim, D.Min., and Rev. Sara Hayden.
This year’s seminar is designed for those new to church planting and development, or who are tasked with organizing a new worshipping community or revitalizing an existing community. This is an application-based program. Qualified applicants will be accepted until we reach maximum enrollment. For an application form click here. The application deadline is January 9, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status by January 15, 2015. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in previous Thompson Scholar seminars. For additional information, including a link to the application, click HERE.
“Who Owns Water” Screening
Time: 7:00 pm
GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light) is hosting a film screening of "Who Owns Water" next Wednesday in celebration of Earth Day in HC Auditorium from 7:00-8:00pm. There will be an open house and reception in the new GIPL office at 6:30 pm. Anyone and everyone is invited to view the film.
Praying with Julian of Norwich
Date: 4/23/2015 - 4/26/2015
The fourteenth-century anchoress and teacher of prayer has, in our own era, become recognized as one of Christianity’s most masterful and comforting spiritual guides, as witnessed, for example, by Paulist Press’s choice of her Revelations of Divine Love to initiate its important series of the Classics of Western Spirituality. During a 24-hour period of serious illness, Julian was drawn into an intense sixteen-part dialogue with Christ on the Cross, during which He “showed” or “revealed” seminal truths which she was to proclaim to all her “fellow Christians.” These were not new ideas, but rather core truths that had become neglected during the past centuries, some of which indeed seemed to contradict some of the major emphases of the Christianity of her era.
By reading carefully the Long Text of Julian’s Revelations, this class will examine and meditate on those key insights into God’s relationship to Creation as revealed to her expressly for the sake of us, those “fellow Christians” of whom she is so aware--God’s non-condemnatory love and goodness constantly active in all that exists; humankind’s partnership with God through life in the Trinity; God as Mother, courteous, familiar, easy to be with; and Jesus’ astounding promise to the whole world “that all shall be well.”
Instructor: Dewey Kramer
Location: Montreat Conference Center, lodging information here
Ordination Exams (Exegesis, Polity, Theology, Worship and Sacraments)
Date: 4/24/2015 - 4/25/2015
April 24 and 25, with Exegesis due April 30.
Registration Deadline: March 30, 2015.
two Spring Fest
Time: 3:30 pm
On Saturday April 25 at 3:30pm in NRH field and patio, join us in celebrating the end of the spring semester by starting off with a community kickball game at 3:30 (kids and adults are all invited!), followed by a potluck cook out around 5:00pm! Hot dogs (meat and veggie), s'mores, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share as well as you own plates and eating utensils.
Youth Climate Convergence
Time: 10:30 am
SAGE invites you to join them at Decatur First United Methodist on Sat, Apr 25 from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. This event is designed for high school youth who would like to learn about caring for God's creation through engaging workshops on blogging, community organizing & upcycled art. Registration is free, and you get a free lunch and organic t-shirt, too! Please register online at www.gipl.org.
National Walk @ Lunch Day
Time: 12:30 pm
Throughout the Church, we often refer to “walking with” a fellow church worker, congregant, or family member as a way of saying we care — that “we’re with you” during times of difficulty.
In a new take on the theme, the PC(USA) Board of Pensions is encouraging us to take a walk with a friend, neighbor, colleague, or by ourselves at lunchtime on Wednesday, April 29, which is National Walk@Lunch Day.
Not only will this walk give us the opportunity to celebrate our health, well-being, and the goodness of life, but National Walk@Lunch Day is also a great way to start a new daily walking routine if you haven’t done so already.
If you are interested in participating, we will meet at the stairs leading up to the Refectory on April 29 @ 12:30pm with our walking shoes on and ready to go! We will take a quick picture of our (hopefully) large group and will then head out for our walk together.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Karen Webster with the Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative.