Registration is now open for Talking Politics During Polarized Times, hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 21, 2016. This timely, one-day event is designed for clergy and interested parties who want to think about how to deal with public/political issues as a church during the run-up to the 2016 national elections. It includes two keynote addresses, a lunch panel discussion with elected officials addressing matters of faith and public life, and morning and afternoon workshops.
Sponsored by Candler School of Theology’s James T. and Berta R. Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership, Faith in Public Life, Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, the conference will feature Dr. James Calvin Davis, professor of religious ethics at Middlebury College. Davis writes on civility and the role of the church in improving the way the wider public debates contentious issues.
Conference registration is $75, and seminarians enrolled in basic degree programs may register for $45. Housing is available on campus. Complete details and registration information is accessible at this link.
“The entire day is praxis-oriented,” says Mark Douglas, professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Seminary. “The morning workshops focus on practices for the whole church, and the afternoon set addresses practices specific to various church leaders. They will compliment they keynotes well.”
The current list of workshops and speakers includes:
Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For a list of classes offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, visit www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-courses-and-events .
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