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A Quick Assessment of Your Congregational Vitality

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A Quick Assessment of Your Congregational Vitality

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

May 29, 2017—Assessment and evaluation are critical practices for any organization. Yet, many congregations do a poor job of assessing and evaluating the multiple and often complex…

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Dawson and Moore-Keish Approved to Faculty Chairs at Columbia Seminary

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Dawson and Moore-Keish Approved to Faculty Chairs at Columbia Seminary

May 24, 2017—During the Spring meetings for the Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary recommendations were approved to appoint Dr. Kathy Dawson and Dr. Martha Moore-Keish to occupy faculty chairs. Dr. Kathy Dawson is now the Benton Family Associate…

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The Celts: the people “at the end of the world”

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The Celts: the people “at the end of the world”

By Carl McColman.

May 11, 2017—The Celts are the people of the end of the world.

Visit the tip of the Cornwall peninsula and you will find a rocky placed called Land’s End, where the thundering surf of the Atlantic…

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Texts of Terror

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Texts of Terror

By Ryan Bonfiglio, Lecturer in Old Testament, and Certificate in Spiritual Formation course leader.

The Bible is full of beautiful passages that nourish the soul and inspire our faith. There are parables about hidden treasures and forgiven sons. There are…

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What Kind of Thinker Are You?

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What Kind of Thinker Are You?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

June 19, 2017—Last week I heard someone ask, “How am I supposed to think about this?” That’s a good question. Often we’re asked about what we…

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Alone or Together

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Alone or Together

By Melissa Bane Sevier, author of  Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews (2017-18 Horizons Bible Study Guide) and course leader.

Like most writers, I love to read. A few years ago I went through a phase of reading…

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The Ten Best Ways to Ruin Your Church Staff

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The Ten Best Ways to Ruin Your Church Staff

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

June 12, 2017—For those pastoral leaders who want to keep and develop quality ministry staff colleagues, here are the ten most common ways pastors ruin church…

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The Power of Written Conversation

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The Power of Written Conversation

By Sharol Hayner, DMin ’17 and instructor for Readings in Spiritual Classics.

Online courses provide a contemporary learning opportunity—one with which some of us are unfamiliar and frankly, uncomfortable. What a different experience to be in a learning community without…

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CLL Receives Wabash Grant for Design of Classroom and Online Teaching Methods

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CLL Receives Wabash Grant for Design of Classroom and Online Teaching Methods

June 6, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announced the award of a small project grant to form a teaching and learning collaborative to explore teaching methods in classroom performance and design of online education. The…

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For the Bookshelf: Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry

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For the Bookshelf: Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry

Reviewed by Stephen J. Price-Gibson, Pastor, Church of the Plains (Presbyterian Church U.S.A.), Edgar, Nebraska

June 5, 2017—In Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry, Margaret J. Marcuson has written a deceptively simple book that should be insinuated…

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Mark Douglas Receives Nohria Grant for “War in a Warming World”

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Mark Douglas Receives Nohria Grant for “War in a Warming World”

June 3, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary’s Professor of Christian Ethics Mark Douglas has been awarded a grant from the Nohria Family Charitable Fund for $70,000. He will use the grant to write the second of three projected volumes, tentatively collectively titled,…

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Meet Ally

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Meet Ally

By Ally Markotich, Spirituality Program participant.

June 1, 2017—I’ve enjoyed ‘routine’ for as long as I remember. I wake early in order not to miss too much of any given day. Three meals are not an option. The rhythm of…

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