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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).
Lift Every Voice: A Black History Concert
Time: 7:00 pm
The Combined Choirs of St. Paul's Atlanta and Peachtree Presbyterian Church will join forces for the third consecutive year to celebrate Black History Month in Lift Every Voice: A Black History Concert. The concert will feature Anthems, Spirituals, and Gospel Selections by African American composers of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Professional soloists from both choirs will be featured as well. The combined 150 voices of these two prominent church choirs in Atlanta will be conducted by their two directors: Mary Hoffman and Trey Clegg. The Concert will be held at St. Paul's Atlanta, 306 Peyton Road SW. For more information, contact Trey Clegg at email@example.com. The Concert is free and open to the public.
Forum: Women in Ministry
Time: 12:00 pm
Women In Ministry will host this week's Wednesday Forum. The topic will be “Violence Against Women: The Church's Response” with panelists Raj Nadella, Skip Johnson, and others.
Call Seekers Workshop
Time: 3:00 pm
The Call Seekers workshop training content will be offered TWICE next Thursday, March 5 in order to give you more opportunities to work it into your schedule. From 3:00 – 5:00 pm, and again from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Both trainings will be offered in BLC 101. It is our perspective that these may be useful to all Presbyterian students regardless of your year of study.
“The Church Leadership Connection (CLC) a ministry of the Office of the General Assembly will present training for graduating seniors seeking their first calls. The training will provide instructions in writing effective Personal Information Forms (PIF) and navigating the call system. Participants will also learn guidelines for specialized and validated ministry. For those who will engage in bi-vocational ministry the training will support call seekers in understanding how to transfer the training received in seminary into secular positions.”
The workshop leader from CLC will also be available for limited one-on-one meetings from 1:30 – 2:30 pm on Thursday, March 5 and may announce further Friday times on Thursday.
A discussion and a forum for questions surrounding the Presbyterian Ordination exams will be held with Timothy Cargal of the Presbyterian office responsible for the exams. This is scheduled for 2:00 – 3:00 pm on Friday, March 6 in BLC 107.
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life
Date: 3/8/2015 - 3/11/2015
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.
Location: Montreat Conference Center
Instructors: Jim Dant, Carl McColman, Debra Weir
Leadership in Ministry Session II
Date: 3/8/2015 - 3/11/2015
Limited Registration Now Available for Spring Session Only!
The Center for Lifelong Learning is a new location for Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops beginning in the fall of 2014. Participants will continue to learn how the concepts of family emotional process can be applied to their own ministry contexts, and explore the theological implications of these concepts, building on their work in November 2014. Each session follows the themes of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s book, Generation to Generation, with one day devoted to each of the minister’s three interlocking families: the minister’s own personal family (nuclear and extended), congregation member families and the congregation as a family. The Program fee of $480 includes all program fees, refreshments and six meals for each session (dinner Monday through lunch Wednesday). Thanks to a generous grant from the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN), two nights of on-campus housing are provided.
Details and Registration (Session II only)
Forum: Student Coordinating Council
Time: 12:00 pm
Lunch with Andras Nagy
Time: 12:30 pm
On Friday, March 13, Dr. Andras Nagy will be on campus to have lunch with interested students and community members. Dr. Nagy is an internationally known Kierkegaard scholar who is spending the year at St. Olaf's College on a Fulbright Scholarship. He is also a citizen of Hungary who has both a deep familiarity with and interest in 20th and 21st Century Hungarian history.
Exploring the Non-Dominant Divine
Date: 3/19/2015 - 3/22/2015
Two thousand years of Christian history and doctrine have taught a theology of God’s dominion, strongly associated with a masculine naming of the Divine. Yet the Incarnation challenges our notions of domination and dominance. In addition both modern psychology and spirituality offer insight into how the Holy moves through our “inferior functions” or non-dominant personality structures.
Is it possible that our own non-dominance is in deep resonance with God’s most profound way of being? Through sacred texts, modern and ancient writings, poetry, conversation and journaling, we will explore together what it might mean to celebrate and participate in the Non-Dominant Divine.
Instructor: Marjorie Thompson Location: Columbia Theological Seminary
Healthy Cleaning Matters
Time: 7:00 pm
Healthy Cleaning Matters: Caring for Creation and Congregations. Monday, March 23, from 7:00-8:00 pm in BLC 103. Are you concerned about the negative health impact conventional cleaning products are having on you, your family, and your congregation, but feel as though you don’t have enough time, energy, or money to investigate the alternatives? Do you want the opportunity to gather with others who are also interested in learning how to “love God, neighbor, and self” through the cleaning products we use? Then this seminar is definitely for you!
In one hour we will:
- Give you a brief overview of how conventionalcleaning products are impacting our health andthe health of God’s creation.
- Offer some tips on how to make some inexpensive “healthy” cleaning products that you can use in your home, apartment, office, etc.
- We will also show you some healthy, commercially-made alternatives that are not only effective, but could save your congregation a significant amount of money!
- In addition, we will have some local and organically-made refreshments.
Plus, there will be time for you to ask questions!If you are interested in coming to this free event, please let Karen Webster, Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative Executive Director, know by Friday, March 20.You can do so by sending her an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or calling/texting (470) 228-1682.
Polishing your Prose: Stylish Academic Writing
Time: 3:00 pm
Many students assume that academic writing needs to be impersonal, thick with jargon, and loaded with long, complex sentences. But in fact the best research and exegesis papers are far more engaging and accessible. This workshop will help give your papers a well-deserved "makeover" by offering practical tips for polishing your prose and making your writing more stylish. This workship will be hosted in the JCB Library.