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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).

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: www.faspe.info. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Thorin R. Tritter, Ph.D., Managing Director of FASPE at ttritter@FASPE.info.

Clergy Robes Days in the Bookstore

Date: 10/23/2014 - 1/21/2015

On Tuesday and Wednesday January 20 and 21 a representative from Cokesbury will be on campus to measure people and take orders for custom clergy robes. She will bring samples of robes and other clergy attire for you to see. May be a good idea to plan for a Christmas or Graduation present from family or your church.

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: http://www.ctsnet.edu/news-release?id=737.

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: http://www.ctsnet.edu/news-release?id=737

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 http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/worship/directory-for-worship/

Flag Football

Date: 11/1/2014
Time: 4:00 pm

Come out to the NRH field for a game of flag football followed by a potluck and some live open-mic music! It all begins at 4:00 pm, and is a family event. The potluck begins at 5:30 pm and the open-mic music at 6:15 pm. All are welcome! Food assignments for the potluck are as follows:

  • Juniors: appetizers and drinks.
  • Middlers: main courses.
  • Seniors: desserts and plates, cups, silverware
  • All other students, faculty, and staff: bring whatever you'd like!
Be reminded that CTS Policy states that, on campus, there is NO smoking, NO alcohol, and NO pets...though we have permission that dogs can attend this event! The game is Blue versus Orange, and the teams will be co-ed and open to all genders, of course! If you're interested in playing in the game, helping with the set-up or take-down, or interested in offering your musical gifts, let Patrick Harley know via email patrick.b.harley@gmail.com by Monday, October 27. Teams and the musical lineup will be announced that week.

Holocaust Survivor Herbert Kohn Tells His Remarkable Story

Date: 11/2/2014
Time: 2:00 pm

His family lived in Germany for 450 years. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, antisemitism became the law of the land and Jewish families like the Kohns were no longer welcome. Then, on November 9th and 10th of 1938, eleven year old Herbert witnessed Kristallnacht - the "Night of Broken Glass" - which is widely regarded as the dawn of the Holocaust. Mr. Kohn will tell his remarkable story of survival and then answer question.

http://thebreman.org/Events/Bearing-Witness-Herbert-Kohn

Day of Event - Guided tours of our Holocaust Gallery will be given from Noon - 2:00 PM. Mr. Kohn will be telling his remarkable story beginning at 2:00 PM. Free Admission and free parking includes the 2014-2015 Bearing Witness series which is provided through a generous gift from The Sara Giles Moore Foundation. William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30309, (Across 18th Street from the Center for Puppetry Arts)

CPE Day

Date: 11/4/2014
Time: 12:00 pm

The department of Contextual Education would like to invite you to join us for our annual CPE Day on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 12pm in the Ellis Room. CPE representatives will be present from several hospitals, hospices, prisons, nursing homes, and other non-traditional sites. Come out, meet our guests, learn about CPE and get some free pizza.

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.

Lecture examines 'Jazz, Spirituality and the Church'

Date: 11/6/2014
Time: 7:00 pm

Dr. Dwight D. Andrews and musical colleagues will offer "Jazz, Spirituality, and the Church” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, for the Woodall Lecture at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Atlanta.   Lecture and post-lecture dessert reception are free and open to the public.  Andrews is associate professor of music theory and African-American music at Emory University and senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Atlanta.

Forum—Presidential Search Committee

Date: 11/12/2014
Time: 12:00 pm

On Wednesday, November 12, members of the Presidential search committee of the Board will host a listening session with students regarding the presidential search. This will be in place of the regular forum beginning at 12:00 noon in the Ellis Room. Please mark your calendars for this important gathering.

Training on Sexual Boundaries

Date: 11/12/2014
Time: 6:30 pm

Columbia Seminary requires that ALL students complete a training on sexual boundaries before graduation. THIS IS MANDITORY. Therefore, Seniors MUST be present if they have not already received training in prior years. You may attend the training this year on Wednesday, November 12th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm in BLC 103. The training will be taught by Dr. Pamela Cooper-White and Dr. Kathy Dawson. Please email Judy Graves at GravesJ@ctsnet.edu to register for the training. You must be registered in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dean of Students Skip Johnson.

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 lauragracebordeaux@gmail.com

Clergy Robes Days in the Bookstore

Date: 1/20/2015 - 1/21/2015

On Tuesday and Wednesday January 20 and 21 a representative from Cokesbury will be on campus to measure people and take orders for custom clergy robes. She will bring samples of robes and other clergy attire for you to see. May be a good idea to plan for a Christmas or Graduation present from family or your church.

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