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Why Our Christmas Greeting Cards Say “Happy Holidays”

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Why Our Christmas Greeting Cards Say “Happy Holidays”

December 14, 2017—Christmas greeting cards are not about Jesus. At least for me.

HH and I send Christmas cards every year as my own parents did for over 30 years.  It’s an intentional practice to connect – at least one…

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New Chief Enrollment Management Officer for Columbia Theological Seminary

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New Chief Enrollment Management Officer for Columbia Theological Seminary

November 7, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary announced today the hiring of a new Chief Enrollment Management Officer. Starting January 2018, the Rev. Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario will lead the institution’s admissions and financial aid efforts.

Belonni-Rosario has a proven record of effectiveness in…

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Five Practices to Lower Anxiety in the Current Political Climate

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Five Practices to Lower Anxiety in the Current Political Climate

October 19, 2017—There are a lot of swirling currents in our society today. It’s easy to get reactive in response to all that is going on, whatever your political position. After the election last November, I realized I had to…

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Questioning Change

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Questioning Change

Making good judgments about what needs to be preserved, what might be altered, and what should be totally redesigned are the difficult issues that institutions face.” Green and Hayward, Transforming Higher Education.

January 22, 2018—Change is the constant, the saying…

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Columbia Seminary Receives Wabash Grant for “Exercising Our Faith” Project

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Columbia Seminary Receives Wabash Grant for “Exercising Our Faith” Project

January 20, 2018—Columbia Theological Seminary announced the award of a small project grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion for a new effort called “Exercising Our Faith: Moving Towards Greater Health and Wholeness.” The…

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Anxiety and the Myth of Security

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Anxiety and the Myth of Security

January 15, 2018—I have observed manifestations of how anxiety can lead to reactivity in a search for security. This reactivity takes the form of people seeking certitude in a time of uncertainty. But the fact is that security, guarantees, and…

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“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”

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“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”

January 11, 2018—Many of us could claim these lines, taken from one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, as a true confession.  We live hurried lives, caught in the pressures of a culture—a “hurried society,” as it were—that seems addicted to…

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Sabbatical as Fitting Room—Part 2

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Sabbatical as Fitting Room—Part 2

January 8, 2018—This is PART II of a two part reflection on pastoral sabbaticals from James Lamkin, Senior pastor at Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta GA. (PART I HERE)

The clothing store in my small hometown of Arcadia, Louisiana,…

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Altars in the World

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Altars in the World

A seminary friend, Barbara Brown Taylor, has a book titled something like the title of this post. I haven’t read it yet, but having read three other books of hers, including Leaving Church, I have a sense that its theme parallels…

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Fostering Change Workshop February 15-16, 2018

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Fostering Change Workshop February 15-16, 2018

The Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to offer the “Fostering Personal Change Workshop” with Dr. Mark Biddle on February 15-16, 2018.

“What was I thinking?” John Smith was pastor of an urban interfaith, interracial, and demographically mixed parish community….

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The Sabbatical as Fitting Room—Part 1

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The Sabbatical as Fitting Room—Part 1

January 1, 2018—This is PART I of a two part reflection on pastoral sabbaticals from James Lamkin, Senior pastor at Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta GA.

The clothing store in my small hometown of Arcadia, Louisiana, had a mirror in…

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The Myth of Competence

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The Myth of Competence

December 25, 2017—Some years ago I did a presentation titled “The Myth of Competence.” It developed out of my observation that so many leaders live under a crushing load of performance-anxiety and a frame of mind I called the myth…

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