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Save the Dates: MaryAnn McKibben Dana to lead Sabbath & Technology class
Date: 2/23/0216 - 2/25/2016
Details and Registration to follow in spring 2015.
Sea Kayaking: An Eco-Travel Seminar
Date: 12/30/2014 - 1/6/2015
Welcome the New Year amidst the unpredictable beauty of God’s creation. Participants in this eco-travel seminar will spend five days sea kayaking through the Bahamas. We will camp on the islands, learn about environmental ethics, and take time for spiritual renewal. Participants must be of at least average fitness, able to swim, and willing to live “off the grid” for a week. Experience in backpacking/camping and/or kayaking helpful but not necessary. We will learn the skills and best practices for kayak camping and open water travel in a safe and encouraging environment.
Click the booklet below for more details. Three more spaces remain - registration will remain open until Nov. 30.
Trip leaders: Mark Douglas and Steve Harrington
Time: 6:30 pm
ALL GRADUATING SENIORS! Clark Simmons, the regional representative of the Board of Pensions of the PCUSA, will present a session on Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm in BLC 101 on Fiscal Fitness. This seminar will cover matters of personal budgeting and will be of assistance to all soon-to-be graduates. All graduates and spouses are invited to attend this seminar. Attendance at this and the session on January 20 is required for persons looking to benefit from the loan forgiveness program of the PCUSA Board of Pensions.
Time: 12:00 pm
Dr. Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will speak at the Spring Convocation for Columbia Theological Seminary. The sermon title is "To Listen and To Love." This will be the first time a Convocation service will be held for the Spring term at the seminary, launching a new tradition in the life of the community. The inaugural event will be held on the seminary campus at 701 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA on Tuesday, January 13 at 12:00 pm.
Forum with Dr. Heath Rada
Time: 12:00 pm
Dr. Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will speak at the Wednesday Forum on January 14 at 12:00 pm.
Board of Pensions Overview
Time: 6:30 pm
ALL GRADUATING SENIORS! Clark Simmons, the regional representative of the Board of Pensions of the PCUSA, will present a session on Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm in BLC 101 on PCUSA Board of Pensions Overview. This seminar is specific for PCUSA graduating seniors as it will cover specifics of the benefits within the PCUSA Board of Pensions program. It is HIGHLY recommended that all PCUSA graduating seniors attend this seminar. Spouses are also invited to attend this seminar. Attendance at this and the session on January 13 is required for persons looking to benefit from the loan forgiveness program of the PCUSA Board of Pensions.
Clergy Robes Days in the Bookstore
Date: 1/20/2015 - 1/21/2015
On Tuesday and Wednesday January 20 and 21 a representative from Cokesbury will be on campus to measure people and take orders for custom clergy robes. She will bring samples of robes and other clergy attire for you to see. May be a good idea to plan for a Christmas or Graduation present from family or your church.
Lectionary Studies Lent/Easter B through Christmas C (January Seminars)
Date: 1/20/2015 - 1/23/2015
Designed for the preacher and teacher, this seminar will provide you with a fresh look at lectionary passages (RCL) from Lent B to Christmas C, AND time to use what you learn to polish your worship and preaching plans for the coming liturgical year. Early registration discount through November 1.
Instructors: David Bartlett, Brennan Breed, Erica Durham, Michael Morgan, Raj Nadella and Khalia Williams.
Ordination Exams (Exegesis, Polity, Theology, Worship and Sacraments)
Date: 1/23/2015 - 1/24/2015
January 23 and 24, with Exegesis due January 29.
Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014.
Reading Thomas Merton’s Journals as Lectio Divina: An Intimate Way of Reading with Crisis and Mystery
Date: 1/29/2015 - 2/1/2015
Thomas Merton’s life-long journal project (1939 – 1968) is a key to understanding both his life and developing work. The journals also work like a prayer book. Recorder, catalyst, and an inspiration for books he himself published, the seven volumes of the complete journals, as excerpted in the edited THE INTIMATE MERTON, will be examined through focused study. This selected gathering of entries, taken from each volume of the complete journals, will be used as material which can be seen to function as fuel for Lectio Divina.
Reading the selections in THE INTIMATE MERTON, the class will do several things. First, we will begin to become familiar with particular passages (and with the 16 journals which have been published – by Merton, or adapted by him, as well as edited by others). Secondly, the course will focus on entries from these selections to understand more fully the process of spiritual journey. These are entries not just for Merton but for anyone’s spiritual journey. Lastly, it will be possible also to examine many of these entries in detail as a four-step process which clearly encourages rereading and prayer.
Instructor: Victor Kramer