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Admissions & Aid

Hispanic Summer Program

Date: 12/11/2014 - 2/13/2015

The Office of Student Services invites you to consider The Hispanic Summer Program, a two-week summer graduate program in theology and religion that will be hosted by Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Students arrive on Saturday, June 13 and will depart the morning of Saturday, June 27, 2015.  Columbia Theological Seminary is a sponsoring institution. Applications can be found on the HSP website: will be accepted until Feb. 13, 2015.  For brochures and additional information, contact the Office of Student Services.

Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Date: 1/29/2015 - 2/7/2015

It is that time again to start putting a team together for the annual Frisbee tournament hosted by our sisters and brothers at Richmond. Click here to get the form. Print and return the form to Shawn Allen's mail box #15 by February 7 as he needs to send them by the deadline date shortly after this date. The dates of the Tournament are March 20-21. Meals and lodging are included in your registration fee of $40 dollars as well as a t-shirt. If you have any questions you may contact Shawn at or see him at frisbee practice.

Korean School

Date: 2/2/2015
Time: 4:30 pm

Eat together! Sing together! Learn together! Korean class will start soon. If you want to join this class please sign up. We will try 'bulgogi' in the first class on Monday, Feb 2 (4:30, Richard Hall 209). For more info, follow on Facebook.

Inaugural Kathleen O’Connor Lectures

Date: 2/3/2015 - 2/4/2015

Distinguished scholar Dr. Louis Stulman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Findlay, OH will present the first Kathleen O’Connor Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on February 3-4, 2015. Dr. Stulman’s first lecture is titled “The Scandal of the Prophets: Language of Trauma and War” and will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 3 in the Harrington Center Chapel with a reception following. The second lecture is titled “Healing the Wounds of the World: The Promise of Prophetic Sign-Acts for Today” and will be held at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, February 4, in the Harrington Center Chapel. The lectures will be offered free to the public each day on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA. 

These lectures honor the many contributions Kathleen M. O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, has made to biblical scholarship for the sake of the world. For nearly three decades, first at Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, NY (1982-1994) and then at Columbia (1995-2010), Prof. O’Connor has modeled close reading of the biblical text, rigorous engagement of the text in light of intercultural, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary conversations, and the articulation of compelling, fresh claims for the relevance and power of the text and its interpretation for present-day realities. For students and colleagues around the world, Prof. O’Connor exemplifies first-rate biblical scholarship that is spiritually significant and globally aware.

Dr. Louis Stulman earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Drew University and has done post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan. Dr. Stulman's research interests focus on the Hebrew Bible and the Prophets in particular. He has written and edited numerous books, including The Prose Sermons of Jeremiah, Order Amid Chaos, Troubling Jeremiah, Abingdon Old Testament Commentary on Jeremiah, and You are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature. Professor Stulman's awards for teaching include the "Outstanding Educator," "Founder's Academic Excellence Award for Faculty," and "Excellence in Education" (Ohio Magazine).

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP)

Date: 2/4/2015
Time: 10:00 am

An ACMNP representative will be on the Columbia campus on Wednesday, February 4. Rev. Dr. Spencer Lundgaard will host an information table in the refectory during the 10:00 am Coffee Hour. He will also host a pizza luncheon at 12:30pm. Talk with Spencer about serving in a national park this summer!

“Selma” Roundtable

Date: 2/5/2015
Time: 12:30 pm

At 12:30pm on Thursday, AHSA will host a roundtable forum to discuss the film “Selma” and the power of protest.  Please grab your lunch from the refectory and join us in the Harrington Center Auditorium for what we're sure will be an excellent conversation.

SCC Meeting

Date: 2/5/2015
Time: 3:00 pm

Interested in future leadership as a student? Always wondered what exactly does the Student Coordinating Council (SCC) do? We invite you this coming Thursday @ 3pm BLC 105 to our monthly meeting. If you can't make it this week SCC meetings are held every 1st Thursday of each month from 3-5pm. We encourage you to consider future leadership with the SCC.

Bible Content Exam

Date: 2/6/2015

Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014

Mastering the Art of the Essay Exam

Date: 2/19/2015
Time: 3:00 pm

The essay exam is a mainstay of many seminary introductory courses. How can you effectively prepare for this type of test? What are some practical strategies for organizing your essay and managing your time? What sorts of things are your professors looking for when grading your work? This workshop will help you quickly improve your test-taking skills. This workship will be hosted in the JCB Library.

Seminary Weekend for Prospective Students

Date: 2/20/2015 - 2/21/2015

If you’ve been wondering how God might use you, 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.

  • There is no charge for a Seminary Weekend, which includes lodging and meals.
  • A limited number of rooms are available on campus for Thursday night and must be reserved in advance with the Admissions office. We are sorry, but there are no accommodations on campus for children.

More information about the weekend: Schedule for planning purposes (Subject to change. If you have particular concerns please contact the admissions office)


Registration and More Information

Polishing your Prose: Stylish Academic Writing

Date: 3/26/2015
Time: 3:00 pm

Many students assume that academic writing needs to be impersonal, thick with jargon, and loaded with long, complex sentences. But in fact the best research and exegesis papers are far more engaging and accessible. This workshop will help give your papers a well-deserved "makeover" by offering practical tips for polishing your prose and making your writing more stylish. This workship will be hosted in the JCB Library.

Ordination Exams (Exegesis, Polity, Theology, Worship and Sacraments)

Date: 4/24/2015 - 4/25/2015

April 24 and 25, with Exegesis due April 30.

Registration Deadline: March 30, 2015.

Baccalaureate Service

Date: 5/15/2015
Time: 6:30 pm

Carolyn Knight will be our preacher. The service will be held at 6:30 pm at Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Commencement Service

Date: 5/16/2015
Time: 10:00 am

Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. Parking available in the church parking lots and across Roswell Road in The Lodge parking deck. Please do not park on residential streets. Towing is enforced! Reception following Commencement Service in the Fellowship Hall, Peachtree Presbyterian Church.