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Spring Hours for Clothes Closet

Date: 2/14/2014 - 5/31/2014

The Clothes Closet is a ministry for missionaries and members of the CTS community located at 235 Inman Drive. Fall Clothes Closet hours are as follows:  

  • Monday   10-12, 1-4, 4:-7

  • Tuesday  10-4, 4:30-6:15

  • Wednesday  10-12

  • Thursday  10 -7

  • Friday 10-12

  • Saturday 9-3

Please note that the Clothes Closet is maintained by volunteers who may occasionally need to cancel their time slot without notice.

1st Presbyterian Women's Transitional Center

Date: 2/27/2014 - 5/14/2014

Serve as an overnight volunteer for the 1st Presbyterian Church Women's Transitional Center. Enjoy a home-cooked meal, good conversation with the residents, and a quiet night. Never been? Accompany Claudia Aguilar or Kristy Ray on their nights! Contact Jennie Sankey if interested.

Dates available:

Monday, March 3

April 7-Go with Claudia Aguilar 

April 15- Go with Kristy Ray

May 5

May 13

Federal Loan Requests for 2013-2014

Date: 3/31/2014 - 4/30/2014

No federal loan requests will be considered after April 11, 2014 for the current academic year, 2013-2014, unless the request is deemed an emergency by the Office of Financial Planning.

Scholarship Application Due Date Reminders

Date: 4/3/2014 - 4/30/2014

Apollos Scholarships due April 15: The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation accepts applications for Apollos Scholarships until April 15. Scholarships are in the amount of $1,500 or $3,000 per semester for up to 3 years of study. Please arrange for references and transcripts to be received in the Foundation office by April 15 as well.  All completed applications will be forwarded to the selection committee following verification of status as Inquirer or Candidate with the CPM of their Presbytery, and as a full-time student making progress toward an M.Div. degree.  Announcement of scholarship recipients is made on or about August 1. In the 60 years since the Foundation began financial support for seminarians, 69 students from Columbia Theological Seminary have benefited from loans (early years) and scholarships (since 1992). Please consider applying.

CTS 2014-15 Financial Aid Application due April 30: Please remember that you must apply each year for CTS Financial Aid. The deadline for 2014-15 is April 30, 2014. You must also complete the 2014-15 FAFSA or renewal, as appropriate. The 2014-15 CTS FA Application is a PDF fill-able  document located at Scroll down the page and find “Need Based Aid.” All the information that you will need is located under Need Based Aid. Click on Fill-in Application. Wait a minute and the box for the password will appear. The password is CTS1415FA. You have the option of submitting the application via email to: or placing the application in inter-office mail addressed to: Vivian Hodo, CTS FPO, Box #1F. If you have problems or concerns please contact the CTS Office of Financial Planning.

The Laramie Project

Date: 4/22/2014
Time: 4:00 pm

Please join Imago Dei as we remember all those in the LGBTQ community who are persecuted. Laramie Project is a play about the events that followed the terrible death of Matthew Shepard. It will take place in the Harrington Auditorium at 4:00 pm


"Green Cleaning" Awareness Day

Date: 4/23/2014
Time: 10:00 am

“Green Cleaning” is more than a current marketing trend!  Come and learn how it promotes “loving God, neighbor, and self.” In addition, we will have a few “green cleaning” supplies that we find to be effective for you to see (so you don’t have to waste your money on products that don’t work). We will also offer some tips on how to make some inexpensive “green” cleaning supplies that you can use in your home, apartment, office, etc. This program is offered by the Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church Initiative on Wednesday, April 23, at 10am in the Richard’s Center Lobby. For more information, contact Karen Webster (HSHC Director) via e-mail ( or phone (803) 873-1682.

"Come See Columbia" Day

Date: 4/24/2014

Columbia Friendship Circle began when the wives of two seminary professors encouraged other Atlanta wives to contribute one dollar each to help the seminary. From that small group, Columbia Friendship Circle has grown to include all who participate in the Presbyterian Women's organizations throughout the synods of South Atlantic and Living Waters.

Throughout its history, Columbia Friendship Circle has been an organization deeply concerned about the well-being of ministers, missionaries, and Christian educators called by God to be the leaders of Christ's church. Columbia Friendship Circle addresses this concern in their threefold statement of purpose:

  • To pray for the students, faculty, staff, and all members of the seminary community
  • To encourage men and women to consider Christian ministry
  • To provide financial assistance through selected projects that help meet the seminary's needs

Carrying on the tradition of its founding members, the Columbia Friendship Circle has helped seminary students in a variety of ways. The group's projects include establishment of the Peter Marshall Chair of Homiletics; furnishings for residence halls, the library, and classrooms, an organ for the chapel; housing for married students; and continuing education for ministers. In recent years support has focused on scholarships for students with families and fellowships awarded to outstanding graduates.

Worship with the seminary community led by President Steve Hayner, meet the scholarship recipients, have lunch and visit with students and faculty and other CFC members.

Contact Barbara Poe for more information at

Explorations Organizational Meeting for Rising Middlers

Date: 4/24/2014
Time: 5:00 pm

Attention rising middlers (and all MDiv students who have not yet taken required course I-241): The time is NOW to determine where you will explore new contexts for ministry in the 2014-2015 academic year ― Korea, India, Central Europe, Appalachia, or the refugee/immigrant communities of Atlanta. The organizational meeting will be held Thursday, April 24, 5:00-6:00 PM in BLC 102. If you miss this meeting, you may not have a seat on the plane or van going to one of the Explorations destinations. Questions? Contact Kim LeVert at .

Evening Chapel Service

Date: 4/28/2014
Time: 5:30 pm

There will be an evening chapel service for the Columbia Seminary community led by Carla Burnett, Paul Kwak and Allison Per-Lee (with Prof. Kim Long). All are invited! It will take place this Monday, April 28 at 7:00 pm in the Harrington Chapel. This will be a Service of Prayer. 

Presentation & Conversation on Peace in Israel & Palestine

Date: 4/28/2014
Time: 7:00 pm

This presentation will be given by former Columbia Seminary student Will Christians based on a recent peace delegation trip to Israel and Palestine with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. The event will take place at 7:00pm on April 28 in BLC 101. Snacks and beverages provided by Claiming Justice.


Chapel Team Orientation for Rising Seniors

Date: 4/29/2014
Time: 4:00 pm

Rising seniors SAVE THE DATE! There is a Senior Chapel Team Orientation meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 29 from 4:00-5:00 pm in BLC 101. Co-leaders: Dean Joan Gray, Professors Kim Long and Paul Huh, and seminary musician Mike Morgan. 


Forum: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual & Social Lives

Date: 4/30/2014
Time: 10:00 am

The Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to sponsor Forum on April 30. Please mark your calendar and don’t miss Dr. Craig Detweiler, author of iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives, Detweiler, a  nationally known writer and speaker on media issues, will offer a Christian perspective on navigating today's social media culture. He is Associate Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University, is a graduate of Davidson College, the University of Southern California's acclaimed film school, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary.

Author to sign books after Forum: Craig Detweiler will sign copies of iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives following the FORUM. Copies of the book will be available, cash or check please (credit card purchases available in the CTS bookstore). His visit is made possible by the Thompson Scholars Program at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

Women In Ministry (WIM) Retreat

Date: 5/3/2014

Guest speaker Jennifer Fouse Sheorn (’02) will join us for a day of reflection and discernment based on the theme, “What’s next?” Whether you’re about to graduate, or just completing another semester, you’re invited to come as you are to discern where God is leading next. The retreat will include a presentation from Jennifer, small group discussions, and personal/individual reflection. Free lunch and fellowship. RSVP by April 30 to or

Forum: Towards a Dalit Liberative Hermeneutics

Date: 5/7/2014
Time: 10:00 am

Visiting scholar, Dr. Jesurathnam, will offer a lecture on Dalit theology during a Wednesday Forum on May 7. He will speak on “Towards a Dalit Liberative Hermeneutics: Re-reading the Psalms of Lament.” The liberative hermeneutics is the common ground and concern in our quest to see inter-relatedness between Biblical and Dalit worlds. The important objective in the liberative praxis for Dalits is their liberation from the socio-cultural oppression. The Dalit liberative praxis oriented hermeneutics is geared towards the liberation of Dalits from the psychological, cultural and social oppression and to empower them to get organized in their struggle for freedom.

2014 Commencement Schedule

Date: 5/16/2014 - 5/17/2014

Friday, May 16


10:00 am

Commencement Rehearsal


Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia


12:30 pm

Picnic on the Quadrangle


Columbia Theological Seminary


Reservations required (Alumni Office details later)


6:30 pm

Baccalaureate Service


Columbia Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia


Preacher:  Dr. Catherine Gunsalus González, Professor of Church History Emerita


Reception with refreshments following service at Broyles Leadership Center

Saturday, May 17


10:00 am

Commencement Service


Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia


Reception following service, Fellowship Hall