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Faculty Publications and Events  

Brennan Breed, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, will teach at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta on September 14 and 21 on the Book of Daniel. On September 29 and 30, he will teach a series on "How to Read the Old Testament" at Trinity Anglican's Eastside Parish in Oakhurst. On October 5, Brennan will preach and deliver a lecture on the Reception History of the Book of Daniel at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. On October 18, he will present a lecture titled "A Flood of Interpretation: Noah in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Traditions" as a part of the panel for the "From Nippur to Noah: Stories of the Flood" event at Emory University's Carlos Museum. On October 19, November 9, and December 21, Brennan will teach respectively on "Sacrifice and Gratitude in the Old Testament," "Psalms of Thanksgiving," and "Isaiah and Jesus" at the Church of the Epiphany in Decatur. At the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature on November 23, he will present a paper titled "Daniel as Interpreted by Oppressor and Oppressed." Brennan has written a series of essays on the history of interpretation of the book of Daniel that will appear in Carol Newsom's Daniel commentary for the Old Testament Library series, published by Westminster John Knox press, which will be published in November. He will also have essays appear this fall online at Bible and Interpretation, On Scripture, and @This Point.

 

William Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, led a discussion on the many forms of Zionism in connection with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict at North Decatur Presbyterian church on August 24. On September 7, Bill will preach at North Decatur Presbyterian Church on Rally Day with the sermon, “The Covenant of Life.” On September 30, he will present the paper, “Reading Psalms Sapientially” at the Dean’s lunch. On October 3, he will give two lectures at The Wesley Foundation at the Georgia Institute of Technology on “Creation without the ‘Ism’: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder.”

 

 Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching, preached and lectured at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis in May.

 

Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling, spoke on her Fulbright research work-in-progress: “’Dirty Old Gods’: Religion and Freud’s Wednesday Night Psychological Society from Habsburg Vienna to the Holocaust” to the Society for Pastoral Theology annual study conference on June 14.  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.

 

Kathy Dawson, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Director of the MAPT Program, has been chosen 2015 educator of the year by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE). This is one of the largest Christian education organizations in North America and includes not only the PC(USA) but also the Christian Reformed Church, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Reformed Church in America and the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches. She will be honored at the 2015 annual event which will gather over 1,000 persons in February in Baltimore.

 

Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics; Director of MDiv Program, returned to work on the Institutional Review Board for Northside Hospital in June. He also attended the Georgia State Bar Annual Conference at Amelia Island as part of his work with the Investigative Panel of the Bar. In July, Mark concluded 12 years as the director of the MA(TS) degree and became the new director of the MDiv program for Columbia Seminary. In July, he taught a series on "Ethics, Economics, and Stewardship" at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, and testified at the EPA hearings on the Clean Power Plan Proposal. In August, Mark taught for Independent Presbyterian Church on "Christian Faith and Public Life," and he taught on "Spiritual Practices and Public Life" at the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. This fall, Mark will teach classes at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, New Canaan Congregational Church in Connecticut, and Decatur Presbyterian Church. He will convene the annual gathering of the Social Ethics Network, this year at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and attend conferences in Louisville, New Haven, and San Diego.

 

Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, published "The Dean and Program Assessment:  A Portable Graduation Profile Infographic" in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning blog for Theological School Deans, May 2014. He wrote "Hacks and Professionals: Which are you?" in Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog, May 2014. Israel wrote a foreword to a new volume from Judson Press, Fostering Faith: Teaching and Learning in the Christian Church (TBP). He published "Money and What it Represents, Part 1" in Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog, May 2014. He wrote "A Course Format Rotation Strategy," in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning blog for Theological School Deans, June 2014. In May 2014, Israel participated in a faculty consultation on curriculum revision at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He posted "Money and What it Represents: Part 2" in Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog, June 2014. Israel participated in the Pastoral Excellence Network, Southern Cluster gathering at Duke University. In June, he attended the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Annual Gathering, Atlanta, GA, and in July attended "Wisdom of the Ages VI conference" in Houston, TX presenting on integration of systems theory and spirituality. Israel published "14 Notable Quotes from 14 Deans," in  the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning blog for Theological School Deans, July 2014. He wrote "Six 'Tells' of a Differentiated Leader," in  Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog, July 2014. He posted "Money and Your Ministry," in Marcuson Leadership Circle blog, July 2014. Israel wrote "The Five People You Need As a Leader," in Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog, July 2014. He published "Six Challenges When Taking Office as Dean,"  in  the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning blog for Theological School Deans, August 2014. Israel obtained a grant from the Pastoral Excellence Network for new Pastoral Excellence Programs initiatives at the Center for Lifelong Learning for Educating in Faith workshop at the Center for Lifelong Learning. In August, he will attend a Faculty Consultation on curriculum revision at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA. Israel posts articles every week for the Columbia Connections blog under “Along the Journey.” His many contributions include: "Characteristics of Effective Learning Groups," "10 Perennial Principles on Learning," "Do You Have the Moves?" "Using Entry Points in Your Teaching," "How to Deliver an Effective Children's Sermon," "Everything You Know About Teaching is Wrong," "What is Constructivism?" "For the Bookshelf: Exploring Spirituality," "Human in the Brain," "Learning is not an Outcome of Teaching," "For the Bookshelf: Reviewing Leadership," "The Basic Functions of a Congregational Educator," "For the Bookshelf: The American Church Experience," and “The Child in Christian Thought,” with many more scheduled each Monday in the coming weeks.

 

Bill Harkins, Senior Lecturer of Pastoral Theology and Care, authored the six-week curriculum “Steps to Resilient Living” for the Episcopal Church Pension Group, sent to clergy participants throughout the Church Pension Fund. He attended the Clinical Conference of the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy as part of his ongoing service as an Approved Supervisor in AAMFT. Bill’s book review of (Kaplan, Steven and Forman, Bruce, 2013), Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy: Perspectives and Methods was published in the current issue of the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. During May 13-19, he served as Psychological Health Faculty for CREDO 7009 (Recently Ordained Clergy) at Beckwith Camp and Conference Center near Fairhope, Alabama. Bill led a year-end day of reflection for the 2013-2014 Road Episcopal Service Corps Fellows in June. He was a clinical presenter at a Professional Ethics CEU workshop on June 13 at the Brookwood Center for Psychotherapy. On June 26, Bill was the guest speaker at Newnan Presbyterian Church for their Thursday Evening Family Life Seminar, speaking on “Family Systems, Leadership, and Healthy Boundaries. On July 24, he was the guest speaker at Park Springs CCRC for their Adult Forum, speaking on “Cultivating Resilience Throughout the Life Cycle: Erickson's Concepts of Generativity and Integrity.” During August 2-9, Bill led a Men's Retreat of Vanderbilt Divinity School alumni at the Colorado State University Pingree Park Campus on “Meeting the Sacred in Creation.” During October 7-13, he will serve as Psychological Health Faculty for CREDO for Recently Ordained Clergy at Lake Logan Episcopal Conference Center, and at the CREDO Mosaic Conference at the Duncan Gray Conference Center in Canton, MS during November 4-10. During October 23-26, Bill will be a workshop co-presenter at the Fall Regional Conference of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. During November 15-16, he will lead the Stewardship/Consecration Weekend at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper, GA. Bill has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the newly created Commission on the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT). He is serving as a pastoral counseling consultant to the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute Outreach Committee.

 

Paul Huh, Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Korean American Ministries, travelled in May and June 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 attended General Assembly, Detroit, MI, presenting a Recommendation from National Racial Ethnic Ministry Task Force as the chair. On June 23, Paul gave "Atlanta Worship Communities," a lecture presentation to visiting pastors/Th.D. students from Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, Korea. On July 10-12, he attended the North American Academy of Liturgy, Minneapolis, MN, Committee meeting. On July 13, Paul preached at Minneapolis Korean Presbyterian Church in MN. During July 30-August 2, he was worship track leader for the Multi-Cultural Conference in Ft. Worth, TX. On August 3, Paul preached at Binneri Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. On August 23, he was convocation lecturer and worship preacher for Georgia Christian University in Atlanta. On August 31, Paul preached at Nashville Korean Presbyterian in TN. During October 10-12, he was the main speaker and preacher for Minnesota Area Korean Church Association Annual Revival. In Fall 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.

 

Ben Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Evangelism, helped Robby Carroll write his memories in Streams of Influence, and also helped Gerald Durley write I Am Amazed: Reflections on an Awesome Life. He recorded 14 interviews for AIB (Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters) which will air later this year. 

 

Kimberly Long, Associate Professor of Worship, published “Feasting at the Table of the Word: The Liturgical Generativity of the Lectionary,” Liturgy, Vol. 29, No. 4 (2014), 18-26. She also published “Singing in the Kingdom,” Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching and the Arts, Vol. 47, No. 2 (2014), 72-74. Kim presided at the wedding of her son and his bride on May 24 in Cambridge, MD. She served as an ecumenical observer/participant at the Consultation on Same-Sex Marriage of the Episcopal Church during June 3-6 in Kansas City, MO. Kim served as faculty for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Congregations Project during June 19-26 in New Haven, CT. This Fall, Kim will publish Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, Liturgies for Year B, Vol. 1 (Westminster / John Knox Press). On September 23, she will lead a seminar for resident pastors on Embodied Worship at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. On October 14, she will preach at Lenbrook retirement community on October 14. On October 21, Kim will present a Webinar on Advent Worship for The Presbyterian Outlook.

 

Martha Moore-Keish, Associate Professor of Theology, preached for the closing worship service at General Assembly in Detroit which may be seen at vimeo.com/99531505. During September 21-23, she will be lecturing at the meeting of the Liturgische Konferenz, a research group of the EKD (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland). Martha will present jointly with Professor Gordon Lathrop, retired professor of liturgy from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia on North American Liturgical Theology. Martha will also be lecturing during September 30-October 2 at the annual conference of the Reformed Communion, "Cultivate: Hospitality", hosted by All Souls Presbyterian Church (PCA). She will be lecturing on hospitality and sacraments. See www.rc-conference.org/speakers for details. Martha has published “Karl Barth and John Thatamanil: Two Theologians against Religion.” Bangalore Theological Forum, June 2014 which is a print version of a lecture she gave at United Theological College in Bangalore in January. Coming in November, Martha will have two columns on "Living the Word" (lectionary reflections) in the Christian Century. She is also cooperating with Audrey Galex from AIB for a project on introduction to Christianity.

 

Michael Morgan, Seminary Musician, presented lectures on the English Bible in July and August for the Session Retreat, Fayette Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, GA; Christian City in Union City, GA; and the Training Event for all Alabama presbyteries at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL. Through the summer, he has served as organist at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, while their musician has been on sabbatical leave. In July, Michael wrote a hymn and played for the ordination and installation of Stephen Fearing (’14) at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in Shelter Island, NY. In September, he will lecture on Handel's "Messiah" at King University in Bristol, TN and the English Bible at the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, VA. In October, Michael will be presenting two lectures at the annual meeting of the Association of Retired Ministers, Spouses and Survivors (ARMSS) in Excelsior Springs, MO.

 

Cam Murchison, Jr, Professor Emeritus of Ministry, preached at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church on the theme of Earth Care, Black Mountain, NC on May 25. On Sundays in July, he taught 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, was keynote speaker at a leadership summit for the East Iowa Presbytery meeting in Wyoming, IA. He preached and spoke at the Flint River Presbytery meeting at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany, GA. Rodger was keynote speaker at the PCUSA Multicultural Network dinner at the General Assembly meeting in Detroit, MI. He preached and delivered two lectures at the Epworth Heights Community in Ludington, MI. Rodger was keynote speaker and preacher at the Covenant Synod School in Hillsdale, MI. He preached and led three workshops at the National Youth Conference for the Church of the Brethren meeting in Ft. Collins, CO. Rodger lectured at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN on Rethinking Faith Formation: Christian Identity and Practice in a Pluralistic World. He preached and delivered the summer lectures for St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston. Rodger was preacher and keynote speaker at the National Vietnamese Presbyterian Conference gathering in Idyllwild, CA.

 

Dominique Robinson, Staff Associate for Contextual Education, preached at Children’s and Youth Day on June 8 at Wallace Temple AME Zion Church in Bayonne, NJ. On June 13, she preached at Conyers-Winder District Youth Revival at Smith Memorial AME Zion Church in Monroe, GA. On June 14, she taught a workshop entitled “Social Media Swag” for the Conyers-Winder District Church School Convention in Covington, GA. During June 20-21, Dominique preached and taught at Walter Memorial AME Zion Church’s Women’s Weekend in Bridgeport, CT. On June 22, she preached at the Pastoral Anniversary at Steele Creek AME Zion Church, in Charlotte, NC. On July 6, Dominique took on a new position of Youth Ministry Coordinator at New Life Presbyterian Church where Columbia Seminary Board member Billy Honor is the pastor in College Park, GA. On July 13, she preached at Solid Rock AME Zion Church in Lithonia, GA. On July 28, she co-taught with Jeffrey Tribble on spiritual formation for the AME Zion CED Quadrennial at “Zion University” in Charlotte, NC. During August 8-9, Dominique preached and taught at St. Mark United Methodist Church for their annual Back to School Weekend in Taylor, SC. On August 16, she preached for the Atlanta District Youth & Young Adult Revival at New Life AME Zion Church in College Park, GA. During August 19-20, she was the guest lecturer speaking on “Preaching to Black Millennials” for Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown’s course, Contemporary Black Preaching, at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. During August 22-24, she preached, conducted a lock-in and taught at St. Stephen AME Zion Church for their annual Back to School Weekend in Asbury Park, NJ. Coming up, Dominique will guest lecture for Khalia Williams at Columbia Seminary on African American Worship and Preaching. On September 14, she will preach Women’s Day at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Augusta, GA. During October 14-16, she is preaching and teaching at the YES (Young Adults Empowered by the Spirit) Weekend at Green Memorial AME Zion Church in Portland, ME.

 

Stan Saunders, Associate Professor of New Testament, was on sabbatical during the Spring and Summer 2014 working on a book, “A Dwelling Place for God,” which explores the place of creation in Biblical models of redemption. He has published “Connecting the Dots and Filling the Gaps: Imagining God with Us” in Word and World 34:3 (Summer 2014) and several online lectionary articles for Working Preacher, Season of Creation, and Christian Century. Stan led a five-week course at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta on the Biblical story of creation and delivered the Jackson B. Davidson Memorial Lecture on Science and Religion at First Presbyterian Church, Oakridge, Tennessee. He preached at Brookhaven Christian Church in June and will be leading Sunday School classes at Oconee Presbyterian Church in Watkinsville and at Sandy Springs Christian Church this Fall. During June and July, Stan participated in a Wabash Center course on Online Teaching for theological educators.

 

Mashaun D. Simon, Program Coordinator for Advanced Professional Studies, wrote “Thinking the Unimaginable” for the blog Believe Out Loud. He served as the guest preacher on June 15, 2014 at New Life Presbyterian Church. 

 

Michael Thompson, Director of Communications, wrote “What If Jesus Disagrees?” in July and “A Brief Guide to Smart Giving” in August for the Columbia Connections blog. He will attend the Religion Newswriters Association conference in Decatur, GA during September 18-20. Michael will preach and teach at Stockbridge Presbyterian Church for Theological Education Sunday.

 

Christine Yoder, Professor of Old Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis, led a week-long study in June on Israelite wisdom literature at Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, NC (June 2-6), and presented on the concepts of peace and well-being in the Old Testament at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.