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The First Presbyterian Church Preaching and Worship Scholarship

Date: 9/16/2014 - 11/30/2014

Submit to: The First Presbyterian Church, 502 W. Maine Ave., Enid, OK 73701

Application Deadline: November 30, 2014

Award Announcement: February 1, 2015

Award Details:

  • Cash prize: $2,000.00
  • Opportunity to lead worship at The First Presbyterian Church, Enid, OK
  • All expenses paid
  • Ability to use The First Presbyterian Church as a reference in professional development

Applicants must be:

  • 2nd or 3rd year student;
  • Under care of a PC(USA) presbytery, seeking ordination as a Teaching Elder;
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in an entry level preaching and worship course offered by the seminary. Preaching and worship will be considered but not required.

Scholarship Requirements;

  • Completed application form (Rm. 212 Campbell Hall);
  • Endorsement letter from academic/admissions advisor re: current enrollment and good academic standing;
  • Endorsement letter from church or presbytery leader re: plans for ordination and ecclesial standing;
  • Short answer responses to questions attached to application;
  • A complete order of worship using the Service for The Lord’s Day in the Book of Common Worship; and
  • A transcript of a 15 -18 min. sermon based on chosen Scripture texts.


The application is available in the CTS Office of Financial Planning (Rm. 212 Campbell Hall). 

Hunger and Harvest at North Decatur Presbyterian Church

Date: 10/9/2014 - 12/14/2014

We’ve all seen the films, read the books: our food system is broken. Environmental degradation grows more severe as food insecurity and hunger increase in urban and rural communities around the world. What are Christians to do in the face of such brokenness? Dr. Jennifer Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education at Candler School of Theology leads a team of teachers in a class for those at North Decatur Presbyterian Church and the surrounding community who wish:

  • gain a basic understanding of the environmental, nutritional, economic, and cultural complexities of the food system; 
  • recall our theological and biblical roots in a shared communion meal; and
  • envision faithful responses to the challenges of food insecurity, changes in global agriculture, and the economic security of farmers and laborers. 

Time: 9:30-10:30 AM

Dates: October 19 through December 14 (excluding November 30)

Location: Large Classroom (in lower level of the Sanctuary building).

Spirituality Week at VA Medical Center

Date: 10/20/2014 - 10/23/2014

Care for the care giver is the underlying theme for the Annual Spirituality Week  hosted by the Chaplain Services office at the Atlanta VA Medical Center this October. (Columbia Seminary alumna and 2014 Pioneer Award winner Dorie Griggs is one of the chaplains organizing the event.) A series of lectures will address variations of the theme, “Spiritual Well Being.” The events are free and open to the public. Spirituality week will be held Oct. 21-23, in the chapel on the first floor of the Atlanta VA Medical Center. 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Speakers and topics include:

  • Monday Oct. 20, 9:30 – 12:00: Dr. Edward P. Wimberly, Interdenominational Theological Center will speak on “Clergy Self-Care.”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11:30 – 1:00: Dr. Michael Saenger, FACP, Empower Veterans, Atlanta VA Medical Center, “Spirituality and Medicine.”
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 9:30 – 12:00: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Columbia Theological Seminary, “Tending to One’s Own Spiritual Self”

Plenty of free parking and a shuttle are available at the Briarcliff Baptist Church parking lot, 3065 Briarcliff Rd. Please call the Chaplain Services office with questions, 404-321-6111 ext. 6870

Theological Chocolate

Date: 10/20/2014 - 10/24/2014

For Theological Libraries Month. Theological Chocolate all week in the library lobby.

FASPE: Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Date: 10/21/2014 - 12/23/2014

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of the clergy during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing religious leaders today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2015 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 14 to June 24, 2015. Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Inter-faith dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program. All FASPE programs are non-denominational and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply.  FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Thorin R. Tritter, Ph.D., Managing Director of FASPE at

Forum: Worshipful(ly): Movement For When You're Stretched!

Date: 10/22/2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us in the Ellis Room to stretch the way we think about movement as a seminary community by offering some theological reflections and practical ways of incorporating more movement into our daily lives when we are being stretched in so many different directions. It will be led by Karen WebsterExecutive Director/Co-founder Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church Initiative, and current MDiv students, Robert Bannan and Stephanie Loftin.

The Meaning of Life: An Exploration

Date: 10/22/2014
Time: 7:30 pm

We all wonder about the meaning of life, but we rarely stop to ask what, exactly, it would take for life to have a meaning.  What kind of an answer are we looking for, when we ask whether life is meaningful?  We will consider several different interpretations of the question, and ask which one is the most important.  We will also take a look at the troubling thought that since "nothing I do now will matter in a million years" our lives cannot be meaningful after all.

This talk will be hosted in the Frannie Auditorium of Campbell Hall on the Agnes Scott College campus on October 22 at 7:30 pm. Shelly Kagan is the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, where he teaches moral philosophy.  The online lectures of his popular undergraduate course "Death" have been viewed around the world. Professor Kagan received his PhD in Philosophy from Princeton University. Before Yale, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of four books: The Limits of Morality, Normative Ethics, The Geometry of Desert, and Death.

SCC Mid-Term Specials

Date: 10/23/2014 - 10/24/2014

Next week during mid-terms, the SCC will sponsor coffee in the library. Additionally, the SCC will have the chapel open during regular chapel times for a time of prayer and meditation. 

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

Date: 10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014

October 24 and 25, with Exegesis due October 30.
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014

Sam Burchfield Concert

Date: 10/26/2014
Time: 8:30 pm

On Sunday October 26 at 8:30 PM, Columbia will be hosting a concert by Sam Burchfield in the Harrington Auditorium.  Sam is a local rising musician, with a history in American Idol and a recently produced album- Where to Run. Sam's sound can be described as soulful funk, and his music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube!  Join us on the 26th for an evening of incredible talent! Admission is free, and parking may be found behind the library. We hope to see you there!

Smyth Lecture Display

Date: 10/28/2014

Books and articles by Kathleen Callahan in the Library lobby. Distinguished scholar Dr. Kathleen A. Cahalan of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars will present the Smyth Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 28-30, 2014. The series of three lectures will be offered free to the public each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA. For more information about Kathleen Cahalan and the Smyth Lectures, please visit:

Smyth Lectures with Kathleen Cahalan

Date: 10/28/2014 - 10/30/2014

Distinguished scholar Dr. Kathleen A. Cahalan of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars will present the Smyth Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 28-30, 2014. The series of three lectures will be offered free to the public each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA.  

  • Tuesday, 7pm: Called to Profess: Why Vocation Matters in the Work We Do
  • Wednesday, 12 noon: Toward Practical Wisdom: Integrative Teaching and Learning in Theological Education
  • Thursday, 12 noon: Spiritual Practice for the Sake of Practical Wisdom: On Discernment, Humility, and Unknowing

The Smyth Lectures were established at Columbia Seminary in 1911 by the bequest of the Rev. Thomas Smyth, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The aim was to establish “a course of lectures on the fundamental principles of the Christian faith.”  The Smyth Lectures are presented to the seminary community each year and are open to all ministers, lay people and members of the community who wish to attend. For more information about Kathleen Cahalan and the Smyth Lectures, please visit:

Webinar on Revisions to PCUSA Directory for Worship

Date: 10/28/2014
Time: 2:00 pm

A webinar on the proposed revisions to the PCUSA Directory for Worship will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Anyone who is interested is invited to gather in BLC E211 to listen in. Following a request of the General Assembly, a staff team worked in consultation with a diverse group of pastors, professors, and mid-council leaders to develop a draft to send to the 220th General Assembly (2014). The General Assembly voted to send the draft revision to the church for a year-long period of study and comment, ending July 1, 2015. The proposed revision is not a new Directory for Worship. It seeks to preserve the spirit and strength of precursor documents—a tradition that has shaped Presbyterian worship from 1645 to the present, more than 350 years. At the same time, this is a thorough revision, seeking to speak clearly, authentically, and faithfully to this church in this time and place. Certain principles shaped the work of revision: 

  • to uphold the essentials of Reformed faith, life, and worship;
  • to respond to changing contexts, changing congregations;
  • to allow for more flexibility and diverse cultural expressions;
  • to use “we” language (vs. “they”) for the people of God;
  • to streamline contents and provide user-friendly organization;
  • to simplify language and rewrite in a more accessible style;
  • to reduce verbiage and eliminate redundancy; and
  • to enhance the Directory’s usefulness as a teaching document. 
A link to the proposed revision can be found at

Ministry in the Motherland: Conversations from the African Continent

Date: 11/5/2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for forum led by Micah Dowling and Brandon Perkins. Both spent their summer in Africa through the international supervised ministry program. Come hear about the impact this experience had on each of them and how it has shaped their ministries.

Not One More: Ending Gun Violence in Georgia

Date: 11/14/2014 - 11/15/2014

Please consider inviting one or more members of your congregation who have an interest

in peace and justice! This will be a multi-faith event of advocacy and action with featured speakers for Friday and Saturday:


Rev. Jim Atwood, Presbyterian minister and author

Joshua Horwitz, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Friday, November 14th 6 p.m.

Shabbat Service at The Temple, Atlanta

followed by a presentation and Q&A with Rev. Jim Atwood and Josh Horowitz


Saturday, November 15th 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta Presentations, Workshops, Networking, and a Service of Remembrance for victims of gun violence in Georgia


For information, contact: Laura Bordeaux at 404-370-0945 or

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

Date: 1/23/2015 - 1/24/2015

January 23 and 24, with Exegesis due January 29.
Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014

Bible Content Exam

Date: 2/6/2015

Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014

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