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2014 Opening Convocation
Time: 11:00 am
All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for the Opening Convocation of Columbia Seminary. The event will be held at Columbia Presbyterian Church on Thursday, September 4 at 11:00 am (new time). This year’s Convocation will begin Columbia Seminary’s 187th session, and is open to the public.
The speaker will be Andrew Foster Connors, Senior Pastor of the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church where he has served since 2004. A church “alive in the city and the world,” Brown Memorial Park Avenue continues to live into its mission to become a radically inclusive Christian community, sent into the world to work for God’s peace and justice. (See more on our blog!)
ADJUSTED CLASS SCHEDULE for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Opening Convocation will take place at 11:00-12:00 on Thursday morning, September 4, at Columbia Presbyterian Church (across Kirk Road from the seminary). The Convocation Luncheon will take place at 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Refectory and Ellis Room. As September 4 is the first day of classes, the class schedule needs to be adjusted. The class schedule has been adjusted to allow each class to meet a minimum of 55 minutes on Thursday, September 4.
Please note below the adjusted class meeting times. If your class is not listed below, you will proceed with meeting at the regularly scheduled time.
*8:30-9:25 am P540-Introduction to Christian Worship, Kim Long
*9:30-10:25 am B520-Old Testament Interpretation I, Brennan Breed, Bill Brown & Ryan Bonfiglio
*9:30-10:25 am B530-New Testament Interpretation I, Beth Johnson & Raj Nadella
*1:45-2:50 pm B671-Paul in Prison: Philippians, …, Stan Saunders
*1:45-2:50 pm HD630-An Historical & Theological…, John Azumah
* Morning classes will end by 10:25 am to allow time for everyone to line up at 10:30 a.m. and then process to Columbia Presbyterian by 10:50 a.m.
*Process at 10:50 am from BLC Courtyard/Arch to Columbia Presbyterian Church.
*The Convocation luncheon will take place at 12:15-1:30 pm in the refectory. At the end of the Convocation service, faculty will line up on the sidewalk outside of CPC to greet new students. After greeting students, please proceed promptly to the refectory for lunch. We are on a tight schedule!
*Classes scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm will have an adjusted start time of 1:45 pm.
Cancelled: Marcus Borg
Time: 7:00 pm
This event is canceled due to personal health matters.
2014 Fall Community Picnic
Time: 6:00 pm
All students, staff and faculty are invited to join us for the Fall Community Picnic on Friday, September 12 at 6pm. Bring your own chair or blanket to the Oldenburg Quadrangle!
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.
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 application process for the 2014 cohort is closed as of August 14, 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. Additional information may be found on the seminary website, http://www.ctsnet.edu/guthrie-scholars.
Agnes Scott Service at Decatur Pres
Time: 10:30 am
There will be a very special worship service on September 28, 2014, to commemorate the historical relationship between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC). This event will celebrate these two institutions with speakers providing past, present, and future perspectives on how the relationship between ASC and DPC has impacted their journey. The Reverend Dr. Todd Speed, senior pastor at DPC, and the Reverend Kate Colussey-Estes, chaplain of ASC, will oversee a presentation of narratives and music by current students of ASC as well as former alums who participated in the Westminster Group at the college. Please join us as we celebrate the impact of campus ministry at Agnes Scott College and learn about the exciting plans that Decatur Presbyterian Church has for deepening this connection as the church fulfills its mission, “Every child of God - belonging, engaging, being transformed”. Sunday School meets at 9:15 am followed by a fellowship time on the lawn at 10:15 prior to the start of worship at 10:30 am at Decatur Presbyterian Church - 205 Sycamore Street Decatur, GA 30030-3413. If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Spiritual Direction
Date: 9/28/2014 - 10/1/2014
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: Jim Dant, Deedra Rich and Debra Weir Location: Montreat Conference Center
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life
Date: 10/2/2014 - 10/5/2014
Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of life in the Spirit! During this Thursday-Sunday Spirituality Immersion Experience, you will explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, while learning the formative elements of Biblical, monastic, and Reformed spirituality. Our schedule includes time for personal reflection through guided meditative journaling — an exercise for exploring your own unique journey with the living God. Getting to know your fellow students, in both small group and one-on-one settings, will support your practical application of the knowledge acquired over the course.
Instructors: CTS Faculty Location: Columbia Theological Seminary