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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).
Reconciling Paul (weekday course)
Date: 8/4/2014 - 8/6/2014
This course is designed for those who will lead the 2014-2015 Horizons Bible Study; others interested in a contemporary study of 2 Corinthians are also welcome to attend. Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, author of this year’s study and a scholar in the field of theological ethics, will lead participants in revisiting Paul’s theology as it relates to our contemporary context. Course participants will dig deeply into the material, hear from a panel of leaders, participate in listening groups and receive tips for leading the study throughout the coming year.
NEW COURSE in the Center for Lifelong Learning: Educating In Faith
Date: 8/7/2014 - 8/9/2014
Continuing a commitment to fostering excellence in Christian Education and faith formation, The Center for Lifelong Learning offers this new course taught by Associate Dean Israel Galindo. Participants will explore selected theories and models concerning individual faith development and the ways persons are educated in faith formation. A primary focus will be on understanding faith development in the congregational context and its implications for educational ministry in the local church.
Instructor: Israel Galindo
Reconciling Paul (weekend course)
Date: 8/15/2014 - 8/16/2014
This course is designed for those who will lead the 2014-2015 Horizons Bible Study; others interested in a contemporary study of 2 Corinthians are also welcome to attend. Author of this year’s study, Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, has written a Bible study that considers Paul’s theology as it relates to our contemporary context. Course attendees will have the opportunity to dig deeply into the material and receive tips for leading the study throughout the coming year.
Instructor: Sharol Hayner
Evelyn Underhill: Foremother of Contemporary Spirituality
Date: 8/21/2014 - 8/24/2014
Through her writing, retreats and spiritual direction Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) pioneered a revitalization of interest in mysticism and the spiritual life as lived by ordinary people. In her elegant, powerful, and accessible prose she focused on personal religious experience, its nurturance in prayer, its protection by institutional religion and its implications for daily living. For Underhill the mystics were those "who knew for certain the love of God" and the spiritual life was described as "that life in which all that we do comes from the center where we are anchored in God."
In this class we will explore Underhill's life and her writings on mysticism, worship, the spiritual life, the church, prayer and spiritual direction. Underhill's insights will serve as stimulation and inspiration for deepening our own spiritual life, our concurrence that there is "a splendor burning in the heart of things."
Instructor: Dana Greene Location: Columbia Theological Seminary
Bible Content Exam
Registration deadline: July 31, 2014
Key Practices for Intergenerational Ministry
The Center for Lifelong Learning will host this one-day GenOn Ministries seminar focusing on intergenerational ministry. Educators, clergy and other leaders interested in intergenerational ministries are encouraged to attend.
Instructor: GenOn trainer and Columbia Theological Seminary graduate Paula Hoffman.
Exodus: Freedom and Formation
Date: 9/18/2014 - 9/21/2014
The story of the Exodus was foundational for ancient Israel. Time and again, in many different contexts, they reminded themselves that they were once slaves in Egypt, that God saw their brutal oppression, and that God came down to set them free so that they might worship and find new life. Come and explore this important narrative again and consider its significance for Jewish and Christian communities and for your own faith. We will pay particular attention to what the story reveals about God and God's work in the world, the experience of liberation, and what it means to be a covenant people.
Instructor: Christine Roy Yoder Location: Columbia Theological Seminary
Seminary/Theological Education Sunday
September 21, 2014, is “Seminary/Theological Education Sunday” for the PC(USA), and Columbia wants to use this as an opportunity to broaden awareness of the seminary. The Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations is working now to identify churches who will welcome a member of the faculty, staff, or student body to teach, preach, and/or do a minute for mission in behalf of Columbia on that day.
If your calendar is not already committed, you are encouraged to save this date and plan to join with us as we work to “put a face” on Columbia Seminary for people on the pews. Because of the nature of this effort, no honoraria will be paid, but travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Guthrie Scholars 2014 Learning Cohort
Date: 9/22/2014 - 9/26/2014
The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. Scholars are invited to campus to pursue their topic choice focusing on a pressing issue of the church from a Reformed perspective. The program covers the cost of a single room and meals in the dining hall during the week. Applications reviewed as they are received, and enrollment is limited. Additional information including the program brochure and application may be found on the seminary website, http://www.ctsnet.edu/guthrie-scholars.
Introduction to Spiritual Direction
This is an introductory exploration of spiritual guidance, including its history, theological foundations, various models and practice. We will look at the differences between spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, and psychotherapy, and also seek to understand why people seek spiritual guidance. We will offer some guidelines for ethical and effective practice as a spiritual companion, and discuss how one might find a spiritual director. The class will include presentations, small group meetings, and practicum experience of observing and participating in spiritual companionship. This class will be helpful if you are curious about what spiritual direction is and want to explore it at an introductory level.
Instructors: Deedra Rich and Debra Weir Location: Montreat Conference Center