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Columbia & Academics

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:  http://hispanicsummerprogram.org/and will be accepted until Feb. 13, 2015.  For brochures and additional information, contact the Office of Student Services.

Memorial Service for Dr. Syngman Rhee

Date: 1/29/2015
Time: 6:00 pm

We the Asian Student Association invite the family of Columbia Theological Seminary to commemorate the life of the Reverend Dr. Syngman Rhee Thursday January 29 at 6:00 pm in the Campbell Hall Chapel.

Dr. Rhee dedicated his life to an incredible vision, and that vision was characteristically who he was: patient and loving. He never once forsook his intent to mention in every conversation regarding our community that it all begins with sharing our individual faith journeys, to listen and understand the stories of each person and child of God.

Come join us in celebrating his faith journey together.

Writing as Interpretation: Strategies for Exegesis Papers

Date: 1/29/2015
Time: 3:00 pm

The exegesis paper comes with all the major challenges of other writing assignments, but in addition it also entails the daunting work of interpreting Scripture. Building off the instruction you have received in your OT and NT courses, this workshop provides practical tips for writing exegesis papers and will examine several examples of what successful exegesis papers look like. This workship will be hosted in the JCB Library.

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).

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.

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.

Colloquium 2014: The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience

Date: 4/20/2015 - 4/22/2015

Columbia Theological Seminary announced the speakers for its Colloquium 2015 to be held on April 20–22. Titled “The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience,” it will feature a lineup of some of its most well-known and well-loved faculty emeriti. The annual event will provide both clergy and laypersons with relevant reflection on God’s mission in the world today.

Walter Brueggemann, the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and a prolific author of such books as The Prophetic Imagination and Truth Speaks to Power, will lead off with his new presentation, “Remembering and the Temptation to Amnesia” to be followed later in the event by “Remembering and the Temptation to Nostalgia.” Brueggemann is widely considered to be one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades.

Other top scholars will discuss what God has done, is doing, and will do at the seminary:

  • Erskine Clarke, Professor Emeritus of American Religious History and best known for his books Dwelling Place and By the Rivers of Water, will speak on “Columbia Theological Seminary: A Story of Memory and Hope.”
  • Catherine Gunsalus González, Professor Emerita of Church History and the first woman to preach on The Protestant Hour(now called Day1), will ask “What Is God Up To Now?”
  • Justo González, a leading voice in the growing field of Hispanic theology and renowned for his work The Story of Christianity, will address the topic “Remember the Future.”

William Yoo, the seminary’s new Assistant Professor of American Religious and Cultural History, will be part of a panel with other Columbia Seminary faculty and local church leaders representing a diversity of generational and ethnic perspectives.

“With transitions taking place here at the seminary, in the church, and around the world,” stated Randy Calvo, director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, “remembering is a critical discipline in identifying where we are in the present and where God may lead in the future. We may be tempted to live in the past, or to leave it all behind. At Colloquium 2015, we will explore where past, present and future are inter-related and mutually informative.”

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu.

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.