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Faculty Publications and Events  

Brennan Breed, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, taught a class at the Church of the Epiphany on the topic of Justice in the Book of Micah on February 8. He also taught a class on Justice in the Old Testament at Epiphany on March 9. Brennan submitted an essay, “Reception of the Psalms: The Example of Psalm 91,” for the Oxford Handbook of the Psalms, edited by Bill Brown, which was published in March. In May, Brennan’s first monograph, Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History will be available from Indiana University Press.

William Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, published Wisdom’s Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible’s Wisdom Literature (Wm. B. Eerdmans). He also edited The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms (New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) which was published in March. Over 40 contributions are featured, including essays from Kim Long, Brennan Breed, and Michael Morgan. Bill gave two lectures at First Presbyterian Church in Americus, Georgia, on January 21-22. He was the theologian in residence at the University of Kansas, sponsored by the Ecumenical Campus Ministry, February 15-18, giving four lectures and leading worship.

Kelly Campbell, Associate Dean and Director of John Bulow Campbell Library, was elected to serve on the American Theological Library Association's (ATLA) Board of Directors. ATLA members elected four candidates to serve a three-year term, 2014-2017. 

Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching, preached for chapel service at McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. In April, she preached, lectured and led a workshop for the Festival of Preaching Northwest in Seattle. In May, Anna will preach and lecture at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis.

Kim Clayton, Director of Contextual Education, is still moderating the Session for Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church, and acting as the Committee on Ministry liaison for St. Andres Presbyterian Church’s Pastor Nominating Committee. On February 23, she preached at Hillside Presbyterian.

Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling, returned on January 31 from Vienna, Austria, where she was the 2013-14 Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis. She gave an interview in February on Radio Österreich ORF about Sabina Spielrein, psychoanalysis, and religion - online (in German). Her article "Why Didn't Freud Reject Pfister?" was published in Pastoral Psychology 63 (2014):91-95.  On March 1, Pam represented Columbia Seminary as a Delegate to the Inauguration of Dr. Lallene Rector as the first woman and first layperson elected to be President at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston (Chicago), IL.  On May 2, she was the keynote plenary speaker at a conference entitled "The Way to Wellness: Coping with Mental Illness and Trauma through Pastoral and Psychological Counseling" at Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL. Pam co-led two sessions of a Professional Boundaries Training for Columbia Seminary with Prof. Kathy Dawson on March 26 and 27. She recently signed a contract from Fortress Press for a book on “Ministry Practices” to be co-authored this summer with Dr. Michael Cooper-White, President of Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, for a new Fortress series Foundations in Ministry for persons discerning about seminary and a call to ministry.

Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning, preached and led worship on March 16 for both services at Northminster Presbyterian, Macon, GA, where Alumni/ae Council and S3 group member C. Jarred Hammett (’85, DMin ‘03) is pastor. She authored five sessions in Unit II, “What the Prophets Foretold” of the Spring 2014 THE PRESENT WORD curriculum (leader guide, student book and worship leaflets for each session). Sarah will contribute morning and evening devotionals during Holy Week at CASA: An Experiment in Doing Church Online (www.facebook.com/groups/casacommunity). As the Facebook page states, “CASA (Spanish for "Home") is a net-roots experiment in being and doing "beloved community", weaving the mystical and the prophetic through word and silence, image and song in an open-sourced, online environment. At the moment the community is re-learning the ancient practice of morning and evening prayer. They take turns leading each other every week in prayer, contemplation, and worship. Members of the CASA global community who gather on this page come from the UK, Western Europe, Africa, Canada, the US, Latin America and South Asia all the way to Australia. They represent diverse faith traditions and give us a preview of what the next Christianities might look like. As of this writing, the group numbers more than 1,050. On April 26, Sarah participated in the Time of Remembrance during the Georgia State Chapter PEO Annual Convention. She is a member of host Chapter V, and will offer the meditation and serve as song leader.

Israel Galindo, Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning, published “Ten Leadership Quotes from Edwin Friedman,” in Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog. During January, he gave guest lectures in the Integrations course. For S3: Sabbath, Study, and Service, Center for Lifelong Learning he spoke in February on “How Professionals Learn and Experts Work (or “What is the difference between a hack and a professional?”),” “Peer Learning for the Journey (or Where do we go from here?),” and “Educational Approaches for Lifelong Learning.” He published “Deaning from the Right Side of the Brain,” in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Theological and Religion's  blog for Theological School Deans. In the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog Israel published “Don't do these 10 things when dealing with reactivity,” “Six responses of well-differentiated leaders,” “The Fascinating Power of Homeostasis,” and “Fixing the Right Thing.” In March, Israel spoke at Groveton Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA on “Expanding Your Teaching Repertoire,”and Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Petersburg, VA on “Expanding Your Teaching Repertoire,” “Teaching to the Spiritual Brain,” and “Dialogical Learning Lab.” He published “20 Ways for Deans to Say No,” in the Blog for Theological School Deans, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and “Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn,” John Hattie and Gregory Yates. New York: Routledge, 2014, reviewed in The Journal of Teaching Theology & Religion. He will participate in the Advisory Committee Meeting, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. Israel will speak on “Introduction to Spiritual Direction,” for MacAfee School of Theology, and participate in the Consultation with Healthy Congregations, Inc., Columbus, OH.

Joan Gray, Interim Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students, has published a new book titled The Sailboat Church (WJK). On March 30, she preached at Presbyterian Women Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN. On April 4-6, Joan led a session retreat and preached at Central Presbyterian Church, Chambersburg, PA. On May 2-4, she preached and spoke on spiritual leadership at the meeting of Palo Duro Presbytery and preached at First Presbyterian Church, Lubbock, Texas.

William Harkins, Senior Lecturer of Pastoral Theology and Care, led the Officer's Retreat for Newnan Presbyterian Church (along with CTS alums Harry Barrow and DC Adams). He led a workshop for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama at St. Luke's, Mountain Brook, on "Staying Healthy in Ministry," sponsored by the Church Pension Fund. Bill was keynote speaker at the Vine Pastoral Counseling Center in Huntsville, Alabama on "Pastoral Resilience and Imagination". He attended the CPG/CREDO 2014 Faculty Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee, where he co-led a workshop on psychological health among clergy. Bill led a workshop on Psychological Resilience in Ministry at the 2014 Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, in Atlanta. He led a Diocesan Workshop on "Safeguarding God's People," sexual boundary training at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Bill attended the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapists conference at St. Simon's Island, Georgia. He served as Faculty for CREDO for Recently Ordained Clergy, Camp Beckwith Alabama in May. Bill served as consultant/advisor to the Diocese of Atlanta "The Road Episcopal Service Corps Fellows" at Emmaus House. He led the Vestry Retreat for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newnan.

Steve Hayner, President, preached for the ordination of Yeonkwon Jeong at the Korean Community Presbyterian Church on March 9. On March 16, he preached at the First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC, taught adult Sunday School, and gave a Reformed Theology Seminar in the evening. On March 18, Steve led the Vesper Service at the Lenbrook Retirement Community. On March 20, he spoke at the presidents’ lunch for the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

Paul Huh, Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Korean American Ministries, published The Mystery Worshipper미국교회 이렇게 예배한다  by DongYun Press, Seoul, Korea, November 2013. This Korean book illustrates Sunday worship services of 30 different Atlanta and U.S. congregations that I visited for the past 5 years. The chapters are 1. Mainline Protestant Churches; 2. Independent Evangelical Churches; 3. Orthodox and Roman Catholic; 4. Afro-American Churches; 5. Multi-Cultural/Multi-Ethnic Churches. There are 3 academic papers included as appendix for theoretical and historical framework for crossing worship boundaries defined by each tradition and communities: 1. Recovery of Beauty: A Theology of Korean-American Worship and Preaching, 2. Martin Bucer and Strassburg Liturgy, 3. Liturgy and Coenobite Community in Taizé. Additionally, on March 2 Paul preached at Binnerri English Ministry and provided a choir workshop at Binnerri Church. On March 9, he performed a Bach Cello Suite for Offertory at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Duluth. In April, the Korean American Ministries (KAM) published a new journal issue, No. 6 "Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers." The whole issue is available in English and can be downloaded at http://webkam.org/journal. On April 13, Paul preached at Athens Korean Presbyterian, Athens, GA. On April 30-May 3, he attended the Presbyteries' Committee on Exams, San Antonio, TX. On May 4 and 11, Paul preached at Athens Korean Presbyterian Church, Athens, GA. On May 18, he will preach and lead a worship workshop at Denver Korean Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO. On May 19-June 12, Paul will travel to Korea in partnership with Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, Seoul; Honam University and Theological Seminary, Kwangju; Hannam University, Daejun, Korea to preach and lead workshops. On June 14-21, he will attend General Assembly, Detroit, MI, presenting a Recommendation from National Racial Ethnic Ministry Task Force as the chair. On June 23, Paul will give "Atlanta Worship Communities," a lecture presentation to visiting pastors/Th.D. students from Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, Korea. On July 10-12, he will attend the North American Academy of Liturgy, Minneapolis, MN, Committee meeting. In the Fall Semester 2014, Paul will be on sabbatical at Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Collegeville, MN; a Benedictine Community for ecumenical and cultural research and known as an incubation place for liturgical renewal. He will be engaging in the writing project of a book, "Lament to Praise: Introduction to Korean Worship" (Order of Saint Luke Publication). The Collegeville Institution granted him a prestigious "Kilian McDonnell Fellowship in Faith and Culture" as the Resident Scholar.

Elizabeth Johnson, J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament, did a webinar for the Presbyterian Outlook on February 11, “Preaching the Lectionary Texts in Lent.” Feasting on the Gospels, vol. 3 Mark will be released in June.

Kimberly Long, Associate Professor of Worship, led a worship event for New Harmony Presbytery (SC) on March 1. She will serve as an ecumenical observer for the PCUSA at the Anglican Communion Consultation on Marriage on June 3-6, in Kansas City, MO. Kim will serve as faculty for the Yale Congregations Project on June 22-25, in New Haven, CT. She also announced the fourth of six volumes of the Feasting on the Word Worship Companion was published (Year A, Vol. 2, Trinity to Reign of Christ).

Michael Morgan, Seminary Musician, played the organ for the opening worship for the Southeastern conference to celebrate the new Presbyterian hymnal, “Glory to God,” on February 21-22 at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. He also spent a February weekend in Plains, GA, as the guest of President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, where he assisted in Mr. Carter's Sunday school class, displayed a collection of Reformation English Bibles, and led evening worship at Maranatha Baptist Church. Michael lectured at the North American Symposium on John Knox: The Heritage & Future of American Presbyterianism on March 7-8 at Montreat to celebrate John Knox's 500th birthday.

Cam Murchison, Jr, Professor Emeritus of Ministry, Dean of Faculty & Executive VP, will be preaching at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church on the theme of Earth Care, Black Mountain, NC on May 25. On Sundays in July, he will teaching a class entitled “Worrying about what we eat, drink and wear” at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC.

Rodger Nishioka, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, provided the lead article for @thispoint: an examination of the relationship between imagination and theology in five acts. One of the responses was provided by Kim Clayton, Director of Contextual Education. They entire issue is available at http://www.atthispoint.net/.

Dominique Robinson, Staff Associate, Contextual Education, preached in January at the Youth & Young Adult Experience at Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte, NC. In February, she preached at Rock Grove AME Zion Church in Rock Hill, SC, Spring Hill AME Zion Church, Solid Rock AME Zion Church, and at the Pre-Lenten Revival at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Dominique also made presentations at the AME Zion’s Board of Bishop’s Preaching Institute in Salisbury, NC, and at the YES Youth & Young Adult Weekend in Denver, CO. In March, Dominique was the Lenten Observance Preacher at St. Paul AME Church in Jacksonville, FL, and the Pan Methodist Observance Chapel Preacher at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. She also served as Bible Study Instructor and Luncheon Speaker for the AME Zion’s Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society Young Adults Missionary Society Empowerment Retreat & Leadership Training Institute in Black Mountain, NC. Dominique preached at Message in the Middle for Dillard University, New Orleans, LA on April 9. On May 18, she will preach at Women’s Day at Cooper AME Zion Church, Oakland, CA. On May 23-25 she will present at the Break into Your Summer Youth Conference at Ray of Hope, Decatur, GA. On June 14, Dominique will be a presenter at the Black Men Rock celebration, Decatur, GA.

Stan Saunders, Associate Professor of New Testament, began a five-week series in March on “Creation, Temple, and the Body of Christ” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He preached and delivered the Davidson Lectures at Oakridge Presbyterian Church in Oakridge, Tennessee. Stan will be on sabbatical during the Spring and Summer 2014 to work on a book, “A Dwelling Place for God,” which explores the place of creation in Biblical models of redemption.

Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr., Associate Professor of Ministry, received the Frederick Douglas Award from the International Ministers and Layman Association of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Spartanburg, SC on February 28.

Haruko Nawata Ward, Associate Professor of Church History, was a senior scholar respondent to the panel of younger scholars on “Building Solidarity by Sharing Pains and Struggles” at the Annual Conference of the Pacific Asian North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) (Conference theme: “Politics of Solidarity among Women of Color Scholars and Ministers”) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on March 22, 2014. She was nominated and accepted to serve on the board of advisors for the PANAAWTM. On May 28, she is reading a paper, “In Search of Women Martyrs' Voices in the Early Modern Jesuit Mission in Japan,” for a Conference, “Can the Native Christian Speak? Discerning the Voices of Indigenous Christians in Missionary and Colonial Archives,” Emory University. Haruko was a senior scholar respondent to the panel of younger scholars on “Building Solidarity by Sharing Pains and Struggles” at the Annual Conference of the Pacific Asian North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) (Conference theme: “Politics of Solidarity among Women of Color Scholars and Ministers”) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on March 22, 2014. She was nominated and accepted to serve on the board of advisors for the PANAAWTM. On May 28, she is reading a paper, “In Search of Women Martyrs' Voices in the Early Modern Jesuit Mission in Japan,” for a Conference, “Can the Native Christian Speak? Discerning the Voices of Indigenous Christians in Missionary and Colonial Archives,” Emory University.

Christine Yoder, Professor of Old Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis, was named among six new Luce Scholars by ATS and the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. She attended the opening program for the 2014-15 Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology at the Henry Luce Foundation in New York City, NY on April 14-15. Her project as a Luce Fellow in Theology will focus on “Contours of Desire in Israelite Wisdom Literature.” Christine gave the Lenten Lectures at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA on March 9-11. Christine was the speaker for the Women's Retreat for Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta on May 2-4. She will participate in a study program called "Images of Israel" hosted at McAfee School of Theology in May. Christine will lead a week-long study of Israelite wisdom literature at Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, NC (June 2-6). She has been appointed to serve on the standing editorial board for Oxford Bibliographies Online, Biblical Studies. Christine will continue to serve on the editorial board for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, published by De Gruyter (Berlin/New York). Volume 8 was published this spring.