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Score The Winning Touchdown!

Date: 9/4/2014 - 10/16/2014

No, Falcons Coach Mike Smith 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 2014 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 6-16, 6:45-9:00 p.m. Come score a touchdown for your Columbia Annual Fund!

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). 

Forum: Fellowship of Theological Discussion

Date: 9/24/2014
Time: 12:00 pm

The Fellowship of Theological Discussion will host this Forum titled "How does your faith express itself when you vote?" A panel of faculty members will discuss this question including: William Yoo, Beth Johnson, Brennan Breed, and Jeffery Tribble.

Southeast Conference on Israel & Palestine

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 9:00 am

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327. Organized by: Joining Hands For Justice in Israel & Palestine as well as the Partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

Speakers include: author and journalist Laila El-Haddad, Chair of the Atlanta chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and Interfaith Peace Builders Ilise Cohen PhD, journalist with the Electronic Intifada Rania Khalek, from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation Ramah Kudaimi, Environmental Scientist Alaa Obeid, Co-Editor of Adam Horowitz, National Lawyers Guild Azadeh Shahshahani, Candler School of Theology Assistant Professor Dr. Elizabeth Corrie.

For tickets and registration, please visit the EVENT WEBSITE at or download the flier HERE

Agnes Scott Service at Decatur Pres

Date: 9/28/2014
Time: 10:30 am

There will be a very special worship service on September 28, 2014, to commemorate the historical relationship between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC).  This event will celebrate these two institutions with speakers providing past, present, and future perspectives on how the relationship between ASC and DPC has impacted their journey.  The Reverend Dr. Todd Speed, senior pastor at DPC, and the Reverend Kate Colussey-Estes, chaplain of ASC, will oversee a presentation of narratives and music by current students of ASC as well as former alums who participated in the Westminster Group at the college.  Please join us as we celebrate the impact of campus ministry at Agnes Scott College and learn about the exciting plans that Decatur Presbyterian Church has for deepening this connection as the church fulfills its mission, “Every child of God - belonging, engaging, being transformed”.  Sunday School meets at 9:15 am followed by a fellowship time on the lawn at 10:15 prior to the start of worship at 10:30 am at Decatur Presbyterian Church - 205 Sycamore Street 
Decatur, GA 30030-3413. If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at

Immersion Experience—An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

Date: 10/2/2014 - 10/5/2014

Please join the Center for Lifelong Learning in welcoming participants in the foundational course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program.  Participants will be on campus October 2-5, 2014. Please greet and welcome them when you see them in the refectory, bookstore or walking on campus. The CTS community is invited to walk the Labyrinth in the Harrington Center Chapel during the weekend. 

Lunch to Honor Steve Hayner

Date: 10/7/2014
Time: 12:00 pm

On Tuesday, October 7 at 12 noon, the whole community is invited to a lunch to honor Steve Hayner in the Refectory. All students, staff, and faculty are asked to RSVP with Mary Lynn Darden ( 

23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil

Date: 10/16/2014
Time: 7:00 pm

Please join us for our 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Thurs., Oct. 16 at 7:00pm. We will meet at the Gazebo in Decatur Square (Click here for directions). Each year our community gathers to remember those lost,

celebrate those who have survived, and renew our dedication to ending violence against women.  The program will include speakers, musical performance, and community participation as well as the incredibly moving candlelighting ceremony. Invite your friends by sharing this email using the link below or via Facebook.

Montreat Conference on Belhar Confession

Date: 10/17/2014

The Rev. Allan Boesak, an influential anti-Apartheid activist and a principal author of the Belhar Confession, will be one of several church leaders, historians, and theologians scheduled to speak at a special event at Montreat Conference Center on October 17.

Acting president Deborah Flemister Mullen and professor emeritus Erskine Clarke will be speaking as part of this conference. Dr. Rodger Nishioka and Dr. Kevin Park are both on the committee hosting the conference. 

For the full story, see the article here.

To register, click here.

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

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

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:

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