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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
Time: 4:30 pm
Eat together! Sing together! Learn together! Korean class will start soon. If you want to join this class please sign up. We will try 'bulgogi' in the first class on Monday, Feb 2 (4:30, Richard Hall 209). For more info, follow on Facebook.
Inaugural Kathleen O’Connor Lectures
Date: 2/3/2015 - 2/4/2015
Distinguished scholar Dr. Louis Stulman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Findlay, OH will present the first Kathleen O’Connor Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on February 3-4, 2015. Dr. Stulman’s first lecture is titled “The Scandal of the Prophets: Language of Trauma and War” and will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 3 in the Harrington Center Chapel with a reception following. The second lecture is titled “Healing the Wounds of the World: The Promise of Prophetic Sign-Acts for Today” and will be held at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, February 4, in the Harrington Center Chapel. The lectures will be offered free to the public each day on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA.
These lectures honor the many contributions Kathleen M. O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, has made to biblical scholarship for the sake of the world. For nearly three decades, first at Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, NY (1982-1994) and then at Columbia (1995-2010), Prof. O’Connor has modeled close reading of the biblical text, rigorous engagement of the text in light of intercultural, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary conversations, and the articulation of compelling, fresh claims for the relevance and power of the text and its interpretation for present-day realities. For students and colleagues around the world, Prof. O’Connor exemplifies first-rate biblical scholarship that is spiritually significant and globally aware.
Dr. Louis Stulman earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Drew University and has done post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan. Dr. Stulman's research interests focus on the Hebrew Bible and the Prophets in particular. He has written and edited numerous books, including The Prose Sermons of Jeremiah, Order Amid Chaos, Troubling Jeremiah, Abingdon Old Testament Commentary on Jeremiah, and You are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature. Professor Stulman's awards for teaching include the "Outstanding Educator," "Founder's Academic Excellence Award for Faculty," and "Excellence in Education" (Ohio Magazine).
A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP)
Time: 10:00 am
An ACMNP representative will be on the Columbia campus on Wednesday, February 4. Rev. Dr. Spencer Lundgaard will host an information table in the refectory during the 10:00 am Coffee Hour. He will also host a pizza luncheon at 12:30pm. Talk with Spencer about serving in a national park this summer!
Time: 12:30 pm
At 12:30pm on Thursday, AHSA will host a roundtable forum to discuss the film “Selma” and the power of protest. Please grab your lunch from the refectory and join us in the Harrington Center Auditorium for what we're sure will be an excellent conversation.
Time: 3:00 pm
Interested in future leadership as a student? Always wondered what exactly does the Student Coordinating Council (SCC) do? We invite you this coming Thursday @ 3pm BLC 105 to our monthly meeting. If you can't make it this week SCC meetings are held every 1st Thursday of each month from 3-5pm. We encourage you to consider future leadership with the SCC.
Bible Content Exam
Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014
S3 2014 Cohort Concluding Retreat
Date: 2/9/2015 - 2/11/2015
The four peer learning groups in the 2014 Cohort will conclude their work, reflect on their projects, and share lessons learned with one another. The schedule will include ample time to work on group and project evaluations and explore options for continued peer group learning. Monday evening includes a dinner featuring reports by each group. Participants will receive registration information by December 1, 2014.
A Dwelling Place for God: Discerning Anew the Relations between Creation, Eschatology, and Ecology
Date: 2/12/2015 - 2/15/2015
This course is especially for those who wish to rediscover a Christian spirituality that is rooted in and integrates creation, worship, justice, and hope. Early Judaism and Christianity both understood the temple as a symbol of the whole creation, an image of heaven and earth as they were meant to be, and as the place where God’s presence was to be found. The early Christians shaped their corporate practices and self-understanding as the “body of Christ” in light of the story of Christ, which depicted Jesus’ body as a living temple (e.g., John 2:23). Images of temple and creation are found throughout the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation. How might reclaiming this material, now largely forgotten or misunderstood, provide us with models of spiritual practice and imagination for people living at the edge of history?
Instructor: Stan Saunders Location: Columbia Theological Seminary
Mastering the Art of the Essay Exam
Time: 3:00 pm
The essay exam is a mainstay of many seminary introductory courses. How can you effectively prepare for this type of test? What are some practical strategies for organizing your essay and managing your time? What sorts of things are your professors looking for when grading your work? This workshop will help you quickly improve your test-taking skills. This workship will be hosted in the JCB Library.