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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).
Seminary/Theological Education Sunday
September 21, 2014, is “Seminary/Theological Education Sunday” for the PC(USA), and Columbia wants to use this as an opportunity to broaden awareness of the seminary. The Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations is working now to identify churches who will welcome a member of the faculty, staff, or student body to teach, preach, and/or do a minute for mission in behalf of Columbia on that day.
If your calendar is not already committed, you are encouraged to save this date and plan to join with us as we work to “put a face” on Columbia Seminary for people on the pews. Because of the nature of this effort, no honoraria will be paid, but travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Guthrie Scholars 2014 Learning Cohort
Date: 9/22/2014 - 9/26/2014
The application process for the 2014 cohort is closed as of August 14, 2014.
The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. Scholars are invited to campus to pursue their topic 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. Additional information may be found on the seminary website, http://www.ctsnet.edu/guthrie-scholars.
Agnes Scott Service at Decatur Pres
Time: 10:30 am
There will be a very special worship service on September 28, 2014, to commemorate the historical relationship between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC). This event will celebrate these two institutions with speakers providing past, present, and future perspectives on how the relationship between ASC and DPC has impacted their journey. The Reverend Dr. Todd Speed, senior pastor at DPC, and the Reverend Kate Colussey-Estes, chaplain of ASC, will oversee a presentation of narratives and music by current students of ASC as well as former alums who participated in the Westminster Group at the college. Please join us as we celebrate the impact of campus ministry at Agnes Scott College and learn about the exciting plans that Decatur Presbyterian Church has for deepening this connection as the church fulfills its mission, “Every child of God - belonging, engaging, being transformed”. Sunday School meets at 9:15 am followed by a fellowship time on the lawn at 10:15 prior to the start of worship at 10:30 am at Decatur Presbyterian Church - 205 Sycamore Street Decatur, GA 30030-3413. If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at email@example.com.
Introduction to Spiritual Direction
Date: 9/28/2014 - 10/1/2014
This is an introductory exploration of spiritual guidance, including its history, theological foundations, various models and practice. We will look at the differences between spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, and psychotherapy, and also seek to understand why people seek spiritual guidance. We will offer some guidelines for ethical and effective practice as a spiritual companion, and discuss how one might find a spiritual director. The class will include presentations, small group meetings, and practicum experience of observing and participating in spiritual companionship. This class will be helpful if you are curious about what spiritual direction is and want to explore it at an introductory level.
Instructors: Jim Dant, Deedra Rich and Debra Weir Location: Montreat Conference Center
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
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
23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil
Time: 7:00 pm
Please join us for our 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Thurs., Oct. 16 at 7:00pm. We will meet at the Gazebo in Decatur Square (Click here for directions). Each year our community gathers to remember those lost,celebrate those who have survived, and renew our dedication to ending violence against women. The program will include speakers, musical performance, and community participation as well as the incredibly moving candlelighting ceremony. Invite your friends by sharing this email using the link below or via Facebook.
Montreat Conference on Belhar Confession
The Rev. Allan Boesak, an influential anti-Apartheid activist and a principal author of the Belhar Confession, will be one of several church leaders, historians, and theologians scheduled to speak at a special event at Montreat Conference Center on October 17.
Acting president Deborah Flemister Mullen and professor emeritus Erskine Clarke will be speaking as part of this conference. Dr. Rodger Nishioka and Dr. Kevin Park are both on the committee hosting the conference.
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Spirituality Week at VA Medical Center
Date: 10/20/2014 - 10/23/2014
Care for the care giver is the underlying theme for the Annual Spirituality Week hosted by the Chaplain Services office at the Atlanta VA Medical Center this October. (Columbia Seminary alumna and 2014 Pioneer Award winner Dorie Griggs is one of the chaplains organizing the event.) A series of lectures will address variations of the theme, “Spiritual Well Being.” The events are free and open to the public. Spirituality week will be held Oct. 21-23, in the chapel on the first floor of the Atlanta VA Medical Center. 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Speakers and topics include:
- Monday Oct. 20, 9:30 – 12:00: Dr. Edward P. Wimberly, Interdenominational Theological Center will speak on “Clergy Self-Care.”
- Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11:30 – 1:00: Dr. Michael Saenger, FACP, Empower Veterans, Atlanta VA Medical Center, “Spirituality and Medicine.”
- Thursday, Oct. 23, 9:30 – 12:00: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Columbia Theological Seminary, “Tending to One’s Own Spiritual Self”
Plenty of free parking and a shuttle are available at the Briarcliff Baptist Church parking lot, 3065 Briarcliff Rd. Please call the Chaplain Services office with questions, 404-321-6111 ext. 6870
Growing Into Tomorrow…Today
Date: 10/21/2014 - 10/22/2014
Planning for retirement can be challenging. This free-two day seminary is for members of the PCUSA Board of Pensions and guests planning to retire within the next fifteen years. Look beyond finances to inform, educate, and inspire a journey toward wholeness in retirement.
- Identify key questions for discernment
- Assess your finances and options for saving before retirement
- Discuss healthcare and housing options
- Create next steps in life balance, relationships, housing, health and finances
The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist and Retirement Planning Consultants. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Course registration for this event is through the Board of Pension (www.pensions.org/seminars) and will be announced in the summer of 2014. Please direct general inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-733-7752 ext 7223.. Registered participants will receive instructions about housing and meals as part of the registration process.
Instructors: Board of Pensions Education Team