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Date: 10/1/2014 - 10/2/2014
Flu shots are available for the Columbia Seminary Community, including students, staff, faculty, friends, and families. Flu shots scheduled for today have been rescheduled to Thursday. The cost is $30 for a regular flu shot and $40 for high dose (65+ years of age). Cash or check only, no credit cards. If you have insurance through the Board of Pensions (traditional plan), please be sure to sign in on the clipboard available in the room. Your claim will be filed directly with BCBS and you will be reimbursed 100% within six weeks. Sponsored by Dekalb Board of Health on Wed., Oct. 1 from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm and Tues., Sept. 30 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm in the Dobbs Room of the Richards Center. Protect yourself by taking advantage of this important service.
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
Immersion Experience—An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life
Date: 10/2/2014 - 10/5/2014
Please join the Center for Lifelong Learning in welcoming participants in the foundational course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program. Participants will be on campus October 2-5, 2014. Please greet and welcome them when you see them in the refectory, bookstore or walking on campus. The CTS community is invited to walk the Labyrinth in the Harrington Center Chapel during the weekend.
It's a Wonderful Life: Pottersville and the Meaning of Life
Time: 7:30 pm
The movie It's a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946) presents an attractive theory of the meaning of life: One's life is meaningful to the extent that it promotes the good. Professor Smuts defends the theory at the heart of the movie against two rivals. However the movie also suggests a problematic refinement: that we are only responsible for the good that would not exist had we not existed. Smuts argues that this is a misleading test of the meaningfulness of one's life. Aaron Smuts is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rhode Island College. His interests range across a wide variety of topics in ethics, the philosophy of art, metaphysics, and general value theory. The talk will take place Thursday, October 2, 7:30 pm in Letitia Pate Evans Hall, Terrace Level, Rooms ABC at Agnes Scott College.
Moving in Wholeness Small Group
Time: 12:30 pm
There is still time to join this year's Moving in Wholeness small group! We will have our first introductory session this Thursday, Oct. 2nd @ 12:30pm in the Richards Center lounge. The small group (open to everyone in the CTS community) will come together with the dual purpose of discussing health from a biblical and theological perspective as well as learning some practical ways we can cultivate healthy (physical, mental, and spiritual) habits. We will meet 1-2x/month for 1 hour (there is no required reading, papers, etc.). Additional Perks:
- Each participant can receive free personalized fitness and nutritional consultations with Karen (who has been certified as a Health and Fitness Specialist for 12 years and as a Nutrition Specialist for 3 years).
- The curriculum we have created has been used here at CTS as well as in several churches with good success. Thus, by participating, you will gain some valuable tools & resources that you can use not only in your personal journey, but in whatever context God is calling you to vocationally.
The Politics of Compassion
Time: 6:30 pm
Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health will host a special presentation on The Politics of Compassion: Human Rights and Religion in Global Health and Development. Dr. Amanullah De Sondy, Assistant Prof. of Islamic Studies at the University of Miami will be joined by Anushka Aqil, John Blevins, and Isam Vaid. The event will take place on Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 pm in Room 1000 of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building.
How Can I Keep From Singing?
Time: 12:00 pm
For Theological Libraries Month. Chapel Service led by library staff (12:00 CH Chapel)
Hymns through the Ages
For Theological Libraries Month. A display of hymnals in the library collection.
Money and Your Ministry
Using the current book by Margaret Marcuson by the same title, this course will focus on helping participants interpret and reframe their understanding about money in the congregation, and, approach the issue of money in the church from a less anxious frame of reference.
This study presents us with deeper and less talked-about issues related to churches and money. Oriented from a systems theory perspective, Marcuson’s text addresses the matter of money and ministry rarely touched upon: coming to terms with one’s relationship with money and how that impacts ministry leadership for stewardship.
This course raises generative questions that will help the participant clarify how her or his relationship with money influences the capacity to provide pastoral leadership for the congregation. The course’s premise is that until the pastoral leader resolves his or her personal issues about money, no amount of fiduciary expertise will have lasting impact on the church’s issues about stewardship is “right on the money.”
This course begins October 6 and ends October 31, 2014. Early registration discount deadline is August 15, 2014. Register early!
This is an online course.Details and Registration
Lunch to Honor Steve Hayner
Time: 12:00 pm
On Tuesday, October 7 at 12 noon, the whole community is invited to a lunch to honor Steve Hayner in the Refectory. All students, staff, and faculty are asked to RSVP with Mary Lynn Darden (DardenM@ctsnet.edu).