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Fall Phonathon

Date: 9/3/2015 - 10/15/2015

Score The Winning Touchdown! No, Falcons Coach Dan Quinn did not call to recruit you for his Atlanta Falcons team, but don’t get left on the sidelines. We have just the spot for you on our team—the fall 2015 Phonathon team, that is. Gear up in your favorite team football jersey, take a break from the books, and rush on over and sign up for the Fall Phonathon. Each year, Columbia students call alumni/ae and past donors to encourage support for the Columbia Annual Fund. This is a great way to get to know Columbia alums and donors. And to top it all off, the “touchdown club” leaders (members of your friendly Annual Fund staff, and team mascot) will provide energetic snacks; award extra-special prizes; and pay a great hourly rate. For more information, please call or e-mail Pam Cottrell at 404-687-4588 or or Sandra Taylor at 404-687-4698 or Phonathon dates are Mondays-Thursdays, October 5-15, 6:45-9:00 pm. Come score a touchdown for your Columbia Annual Fund! 

Fundraiser for Winship Cancer Institute at Emory

Date: 9/3/2015 - 10/31/2015

With so many friends fighting cancer, we wanted to make people aware of this fundraiser for Winship Cancer Institute where local friends have received great care. There are accounts under the names of Sharol Hayner and Penny Hill (Executive Presbyter for Greater Atlanta also under treatment). You can also leave a note for “In Memory of” or “In Honor of”someone. If at least 10 people sign up to participate In Memory of Steve Hayner, there will be a way to indicate that visibly on the day of the race.

Student Preaching Weekend

Date: 9/3/2015 - 10/31/2015

The Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations is organizing a student preaching weekend to churches in the area of Maryville, TN on the weekend of November 7 & 8. The trip will be a fun time with fellowship and continuing education, as well as an opportunity to promote Columbia Seminary. It may also generate personal and church connections that will positively impact your future search for a first call. Email Barbara Poe here.

Friday Night Lights Out, Game On

Date: 10/9/2015
Time: 6:00 pm

There will be a Game Night at the library 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Pizza, drinks, and glow in the dark necklaces. Capture the flag? Sardines? Hide and Go Seek In the Dark? The library is yours for the night! Fun for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).

FTE: Human Origins

Date: 10/9/2015
Time: 2:45 pm

Join us for the Fellowship for Theological Discussion! Open to all students and their families. 3-4PM every Friday at The Marlay House in decatur. Meet in front of NRH at 2:45 for carpool. Non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers to share are on the school. 

10/9 "Discussion of Human Origins and the Imago Dei"

Blessing of the Animals Worship Service

Date: 10/12/2015
Time: 12:00 noon -12:30 pm

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us in Campbell Hall Chapel for a Blessing of the Animals worship service led by Dr. Skip Johnson, Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students

2015 Smyth Lectures: Dr. Lamin Sanneh

Date: 10/13/2015 - 10/15/2015

Come hear distinguished scholar Dr. Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of Missions & World Christianity at Yale Divinity School, give the 2015 Smyth Lectures for Columbia Theological Seminary on October 13–15:

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 pm

"The New World and Renewal of Mission: The American Revolution Recast"

Wednesday, October 14 at 12 noon        

"The Dark Continent Breached: A Race Freed and a Society Formed"

Thursday, October 15 at 12 noon

"Chains Removed, Hope Revived"

The American Revolution broke political ties with Britain, and in the process shattered old ideas of church and society. Old World ideas of birth and breeding gave way to New World values of opportunity and enterprise, offering a second chance to victims and the oppressed. Displaced and oppressed populations now mattered more as the agents and leaders than merely as the objects of mission. They and their Western supporters created the new pathway to change Africa from being the source of the slave trade to becoming its implacable enemy. The biographies of the New World Africans who spearheaded the missionary outreach to Africa offer a new understanding of the forces that brought about Africa's statistical transformation into the Christian stronghold it has become in our day. The lessons of this development are to be found in the ideas and values of the Founders of the New Republic.

The 2015 Smyth Lectures will be offered free to the public each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the Columbia Seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA.

Faith in Sweet Auburn: The Next Chapter

Date: 10/16/2015
Time: 7:00 pm

Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins will be present to greet and talk about this exhibition of his photography at 7:00 pm at the Apex Museum. The show features 20 - 11 x 14 prints and videos produced that he will talk about and take questions. He says, “This work is about my engagement with the process of revitalization along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta Georgia as I celebrate what was, what is and what is to come. It is about the places, the people and moments that reflect my relationship with memory and revival.”  Details here.

Forum: Liz Boase

Date: 10/21/2015
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us in the Ellis Room for forum led by Visiting Scholar Liz Boase

TWO Birthday Celebration

Date: 10/21/2015
Time: 10:00 am

TWO will host a birthday celebration on Oct 21 in the Refectory during coffee hour. We will be making baked goods to set out for all students to enjoy with coffee. We are celebrating students and faculty who have had birthdays between September and December. 

Inauguration of President Leanne Van Dyk

Date: 10/28/2015
Time: 10:30 am

Columbia Theological Seminary has set the date for the inauguration of its tenth president. Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk was appointed by the Board of Trustees last April, and officially began work on July 1. She previously served as Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.

Click here for the original announcement.

The inauguration service will be held on Wednesday, October 28 starting 10:30 am at the Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 711 S. Columbia Drive in Decatur near Atlanta, GA.

“I deeply value and want to build on the rich tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary in its training of local pastors in a residential setting. I also want us to reach boldly for new training opportunities, utilizing people and systems already in place here to do more in the way of online learning.” said Dr. Van Dyk in a statement. “This is not just learning at a distance. Truly diverse communities can be developed for actual ministry in the real world!”

Dr. Van Dyk currently serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). She is editor and contributor for A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005) which is a valued text for courses in theology and worship, and an aid to worship leaders and all Christian believers who desire greater theological depth in their worship experience.

SCC Meeting

Date: 11/3/2015
Time: 1:30 pm

The Student Coordinating Council will meet on November 3 from 1:30-3:00 pm in BLC 103.

Contemplative Prayer Service

Date: 11/5/2015
Time: 12:00 noon -12:30 pm

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us in Campbell Hall Chapel for a Contemplative Prayer Service led by Debra Weir, Associate Director of Spirituality and Lifelong Learning

Seminary Weekend November 2015

Preview Weekend for Prospective Students

Date: 11/6/2015 - 11/7/2015
Time: 8am Fr to 2pm Sat

We hope you’ll come spend a weekend with us at Seminary Weekend at Columbia Theological Seminary. It’s a time when you can consider your personal sense of call and discover what it’s like to nourish your leadership skills through one of our three basic degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Practical Theology (or Dual MDIV/MAPT), and Master of Arts (Theological Studies). You experience a "day in the life" of a student as well as the opportunity to talk with professors and visit a class. You’ll also be given an overview of admissions, financial planning and on-campus housing. Come be a part of the Columbia community for a weekend of discovery and discernment.

Forum: Dr. Chris Dupree

Date: 11/11/2015
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us in the Ellis Room for forum led by Dr. Chris Dupree, Charles A. Dana Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Bradley Observatory

Bible, Empire, and Reception History

Date: 11/18/2015 - 11/19/2015

On November 18-19, Columbia Theological Seminary will host a conference exploring the production and use of the Bible in various historical contexts of empire. It will consider the use of postcolonial criticism in interpreting biblical texts and its implications in modern contexts.

The Bible, Empire, and Reception History Conference will consist of four sessions, each focusing on a particular geographical or historical set of contexts:

  • Carol Newsom and Richard Horsley on the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament in ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman empires.
  • Yvonne Sherwood and Jaime Lara on the Bible in the Americas of 16th century Mesoamerica and the Spanish Empire.
  • Kwok Pui-Lan and R. S. Sugirtharajah on the Bible in South and East Asia.
  • Musa Dube and Hendrik Bosman on the Bible in southern Africa in the 19th-21st centuries under Dutch and British imperial influence.
Columbia plans to live stream the conference and post videos for later viewing. A publication of presentations will also be produced. For more information about the Bible, Empire, and Reception History conference, please visit

SCC Meeting

Date: 12/1/2015
Time: 1:30 pm

The Student Coordinating Council will meet on December 1 from 1:30-3:00 pm in BLC 103.

Kwanzaa Service

Date: 12/14/2015
Time: 12:00 noon -12:30 pm

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us in Campbell Hall Chapel for a Kwanzaa service led by AHSA

SCC Meeting

Date: 1/12/2016
Time: 1:30 pm

The Student Coordinating Council will meet on January 12 from 1:30-3:00 pm in BLC 103.

SCC Meeting

Date: 2/2/2016
Time: 1:30 pm

The Student Coordinating Council will meet on February 2 from 1:30-3:00 pm in BLC 103.   

SCC Meeting

Date: 3/1/2016
Time: 1:30 pm

The Student Coordinating Council will meet on February 2 from 1:30-3:00 pm in BLC 103.   

SCC Meeting

Date: 4/5/2016
Time: 1:30 pm

The Student Coordinating Council will meet on February 2 from 1:30-3:00 pm in BLC 103.