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Students & Campus Life

Impact 4D Leadership Conference

Date: 4/30/2015 - 9/15/2015

On September 15-16, 2015, this conference will connect you directly with community catalysts, thought leaders, administrators and others dedicated to the future of our communities and the people we serve. Together, we are a sphere of influence at the ready to make positive changes. All we need is the plan, the road map and the courage to press on to our destination of making a difference in our community. For more information, please visit: http://impact4d.org/

Sharol Hayner at Decatur Book Festival

Date: 9/6/2015
Time: 1:15 pm

Sharol Hayner will speak at the AJC Decatur Book Festival on Sunday, September 6 at 1:15 pm in the Marriott Conference Center Auditorium. She will talk about her new book Joy in the Journey: Finding Abundance in the Shadow of Death (InterVarsity Press) co-authored with Steve Hayner, her husband and former president of Columbia Theological Seminary. Detail here.

The Sacred Mundane Conference

Date: 9/10/2015 - 9/11/2015

The Center for Ethics and the Emory CREATE Program are excited to host a conference that will showcase Emory scholarship on religion and ecology. This conference will bring together professors and doctoral students to give talks representing a variety of religious traditions. Details here. Register here.

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Date: 9/11/2015
Time: 7:00 pm

Founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO, Nadia Bolz-Weber will discuss her new book, Accidential Saints, on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church Decatur (308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030). This event is sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book and hosted by Conversations at First Baptist.  No reservations are required.

Heritage Day

Date: 9/20/2015
Time: 9:15 am

This is a special worship service to highlight the connection between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC). The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, president of Columbia Seminary, will be speaking. Sunday School meets at 9:15 am followed by worship at 10:30 am at Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur. If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at bnoble@agnesscott.edu.

2015 Smyth Lectures: Dr. Lamin Sanneh

Date: 10/13/2015 - 10/15/2015

Come hear distinguished scholar Dr. Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of Missions & World Christianity at Yale Divinity School, give the 2015 Smyth Lectures for Columbia Theological Seminary on October 13–15:

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 pm

"The New World and Renewal of Mission: The American Revolution Recast"

Wednesday, October 14 at 12 noon        

"The Dark Continent Breached: A Race Freed and a Society Formed"

Thursday, October 15 at 12 noon

"Chains Removed, Hope Revived"

The American Revolution broke political ties with Britain, and in the process shattered old ideas of church and society. Old World ideas of birth and breeding gave way to New World values of opportunity and enterprise, offering a second chance to victims and the oppressed. Displaced and oppressed populations now mattered more as the agents and leaders than merely as the objects of mission. They and their Western supporters created the new pathway to change Africa from being the source of the slave trade to becoming its implacable enemy. The biographies of the New World Africans who spearheaded the missionary outreach to Africa offer a new understanding of the forces that brought about Africa's statistical transformation into the Christian stronghold it has become in our day. The lessons of this development are to be found in the ideas and values of the Founders of the New Republic.

The 2015 Smyth Lectures will be offered free to the public each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the Columbia Seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA.

Inauguration of President Leanne Van Dyk

Date: 10/28/2015
Time: 10:30 am

Columbia Theological Seminary has set the date for the inauguration of its tenth president. Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk was appointed by the Board of Trustees last April, and officially began work on July 1. She previously served as Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.

Click here for the original announcement.

The inauguration service will be held on Wednesday, October 28 starting 10:30 am at the Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 711 S. Columbia Drive in Decatur near Atlanta, GA.

“I deeply value and want to build on the rich tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary in its training of local pastors in a residential setting. I also want us to reach boldly for new training opportunities, utilizing people and systems already in place here to do more in the way of online learning.” said Dr. Van Dyk in a statement. “This is not just learning at a distance. Truly diverse communities can be developed for actual ministry in the real world!”

Dr. Van Dyk currently serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). She is editor and contributor for A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005) which is a valued text for courses in theology and worship, and an aid to worship leaders and all Christian believers who desire greater theological depth in their worship experience.

Bible, Empire, and Reception History

Date: 11/18/2015 - 11/19/2015

On November 18-19, Columbia Theological Seminary will host a conference exploring the production and use of the Bible in various historical contexts of empire. It will consider the use of postcolonial criticism in interpreting biblical texts and its implications in modern contexts.

The Bible, Empire, and Reception History Conference will consist of four sessions, each focusing on a particular geographical or historical set of contexts:

  • Carol Newsom and Richard Horsley on the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament in ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman empires.
  • Yvonne Sherwood and Jaime Lara on the Bible in the Americas of 16th century Mesoamerica and the Spanish Empire.
  • Kwok Pui-Lan and R. S. Sugirtharajah on the Bible in South and East Asia.
  • Musa Dube and Hendrik Bosman on the Bible in southern Africa in the 19th-21st centuries under Dutch and British imperial influence.
Columbia plans to live stream the conference and post videos for later viewing. A publication of presentations will also be produced. For more information about the Bible, Empire, and Reception History conference, please visit http://bibleempireandreceptionhistory.net/.