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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.

Study Abroad

Date: 11/25/2014 - 1/2/2015

Time is NOW for CTS MDiv Students to Apply for 2015-2016 STUDY ABROAD!  Offering study on exchange SCHOLARSHIPS at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary/Seoul, Korea, Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University/Prague, Czech Republic, United Theological College of the West Indies/Kingston, Jamaica, and Westminster College/Cambridge, England. Check your CTS email for further information/application.  COMPLETED application packets due January 2, 2015.

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.

Fiscal Fitness

Date: 1/13/2015
Time: 6:30 pm

ALL GRADUATING SENIORS! Clark Simmons, the regional representative of the Board of Pensions of the PCUSA, will present a session on Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm in BLC 101 on Fiscal Fitness. This seminar will cover matters of personal budgeting and will be of assistance to all soon-to-be graduates. All graduates and spouses are invited to attend this seminar. Attendance at this and the session on January 20 is required for persons looking to benefit from the loan forgiveness program of the PCUSA Board of Pensions.

Spring Convocation

Date: 1/13/2015
Time: 12:00 pm

Dr. Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will speak at the Spring Convocation for Columbia Theological Seminary. The sermon title is "To Listen and To Love." This will be the first time a Convocation service will be held for the Spring term at the seminary, launching a new tradition in the life of the community. The inaugural event will be held on the seminary campus at 701 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA on Tuesday, January 13 at 12:00 pm.

Forum with Dr. Heath Rada

Date: 1/14/2015
Time: 12:00 pm

Dr. Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will speak at the Wednesday Forum on January 14 at 12:00 pm.

Board of Pensions Overview

Date: 1/20/2015
Time: 6:30 pm

ALL GRADUATING SENIORS! Clark Simmons, the regional representative of the Board of Pensions of the PCUSA, will present a session on Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm in BLC 101 on PCUSA Board of Pensions Overview. This seminar is specific for PCUSA graduating seniors as it will cover specifics of the benefits within the PCUSA Board of Pensions program. It is HIGHLY recommended that all PCUSA graduating seniors attend this seminar. Spouses are also invited to attend this seminar. Attendance at this and the session on January 13 is required for persons looking to benefit from the loan forgiveness program of the PCUSA Board of Pensions.

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.

Inaugural Kathleen O’Connor Lectures

Date: 2/3/2015 - 2/4/2015

This lectureship is established to honor the many contributions which 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 here 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.

The first lectures will be giving by Louis Stulman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Findlay (OH). He earned the 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

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.