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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).
Using Dialogical Learning in Bible Study: Moving from the Sage on the Stage to the Guide on the Side
Date: 9/1/2015 - 9/30/2015
Using the book by author and educator Israel Galindo this course will help participants reframe their approach to Bible study in the congregational setting. The dialogical learning method will help participants move from being the “sage on the stage to the guide on the side,” and create a more meaningful learning experience for their learners.
This program is for congregational teachers, clergy, or Bible teachers in other contexts. This online study will guide the participant through the process of learning about and developing the dialogical learning method based on the book by Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, How To Be The Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson). The dialogical method will help teachers change their approach to teaching from teacher-centered to student-focused.
This course begins September 1 and ends September 30, 2015. Early registration discount deadline is August 15, 2015. Register early!
Instructors: Dr. Steven Booth and Dr. Israel Galindo
Writing for Publication with a Spiritual Voice
Date: 9/4/2015 - 9/5/2015
Writing for Publication with a Spiritual Voice is a one-day seminar designed for anyone who wants to understand and contribute to the conversations about spirituality and religious topics that are happening in print and on new media. An optional writing workshop is offered the following morning. This seminar and workshop is intended to gather a community of pastors, theologians, lay people who are drawn to writing as a part of their vocation and aspire to be more widely published or intentional about their published voice.
Leader: Beth Waltemath
Sharol Hayner at Decatur Book Festival
Time: 1:15 pm
Sharol Hayner will speak at the AJC Decatur Book Festival on Sunday, September 6 at 1:15 pm in the Marriott Conference Center Auditorium. She will talk about her new book Joy in the Journey: Finding Abundance in the Shadow of Death (InterVarsity Press) co-authored with Steve Hayner, her husband and former president of Columbia Theological Seminary. Detail here.
The Sacred Mundane Conference
Date: 9/10/2015 - 9/11/2015
The Center for Ethics and the Emory CREATE Program are excited to host a conference that will showcase Emory scholarship on religion and ecology. This conference will bring together professors and doctoral students to give talks representing a variety of religious traditions. Details here. Register here.
Time: 7:00 pm
Founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO, Nadia Bolz-Weber will discuss her new book, Accidential Saints, on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church Decatur (308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030). This event is sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book and hosted by Conversations at First Baptist. No reservations are required.
Compass Points Courses: Articulating our Mission, Role and Values & Personnel and Leadership
Date: 9/13/2015 - 9/19/2015
Two courses will be held back-to-back during the week of September 13-19 at the Life Enrichment Center, the United Methodist center in Fruitland Park, FL. Participants can take one class or both. For information about these courses, contact Joel Winchip, PCCCA Executive Director, at email@example.com or 803.322.0232 or visit www.compasspointsprogram.org/calendar.
Sept. 13-16 Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value
This class will focus on the importance of a camp and retreat center’s mission. Course content will include the development, implementation, and articulation of a mission statement. Learners will discover how this statement helps drive and shape all aspect of ministry at a camp and retreat center. This course will be taught by Randy Youngquist-Thurow of Agape/Kure Beach Ministries (Fuquay-Varina, NC) and Cat Holbert of Lazy W Ranch (San Juan Capistrano, CA).
Sept. 16-19 Personnel and Leadership
The focus of this class is Christian leadership, which is key to effective camp and conference ministry. Participants will explore staffing models that achieve both programmatic and mission goals. An introduction into human resource issues and staff development will be covered. This course will be taught by Gary Batty of Run River Enterprises and Bill Bourdon of Blowing Rock Conference Center (Blowing Rock, NC).
The direct link to online registration is www.pccca.net/CPRegister.
Life is a Sacred Story: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future with Sacred Journaling
Date: 9/14/2015 - 10/9/2015
Writing and spirituality have gone hand-in-hand from Biblical times to the present day. Keeping a journal can be an integral part of a daily prayer practice; it can also be a tool for discernment and for seeking God’s will in our lives. This course will explore journaling from a variety of perspectives including writing memoir, using writing as a form of prayer, writing for healing and discernment, and writing to share with others. This is an online course.
Instructors: Carl McColman and Israel Galindo
Common Ground, Holy Ground (Spirituality Program 20th Anniversary Celebration)
Date: 9/18/2015 - 9/19/2015
Join us as we celebrate the first 20 years of the Spirituality Program at CTS, a program dedicated to seeking holy mystery and deep connection, and look ahead into the next 20 years! Everyone is invited – current students in the Certificate in Spiritual Formation or Direction, graduates and friends of the Center of Lifelong Learning and its programs. Gather with us to remember and enjoy our rich history together and also look toward the future.
Keynote Speaker: Rodger Nishioka
Time: 9:15 am
This is a special worship service to highlight the connection between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC). The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, president of Columbia Seminary, will be speaking. Sunday School meets at 9:15 am followed by worship at 10:30 am at Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur. If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guthrie Scholars Learning Cohort 2015
Date: 9/21/2015 - 9/25/2015
The application process for the 2015 Cohort closed as of March 5.
The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. Selected applicants are invited to campus to pursue their topic of 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 may be found on the seminary website, http://www.ctsnet.edu/guthrie-scholars.