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Students & Campus Life

Score The Winning Touchdown!

Date: 9/4/2014 - 10/16/2014

No, Falcons Coach Mike Smith did not call to recruit you for his Atlanta Falcons team, but don’t get left on the sidelines. We have just the spot for you on our team—the fall 2014 Phonathon team, that is. Gear up in your favorite team football jersey, take a break from the books, and rush on over and sign up for the Fall Phonathon. Each year, Columbia students call alumni/ae and past donors to encourage support for the Columbia Annual Fund. This is a great way to get to know Columbia alums and donors. And to top it all off, the “touchdown club” leaders (members of your friendly Annual Fund staff, and team mascot) will provide energetic snacks; award extra-special prizes; and pay a great hourly rate. For more information, please call or e-mail Pam Cottrell at 404-687-4588 or or Sandra Taylor at 404-687-4698 or Phonathon dates are Mondays-Thursdays, October 6-16, 6:45-9:00 p.m. Come score a touchdown for your Columbia Annual Fund!

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). 

Immersion Experience—An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

Date: 10/2/2014 - 10/5/2014

Please join the Center for Lifelong Learning in welcoming participants in the foundational course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program.  Participants will be on campus October 2-5, 2014. Please greet and welcome them when you see them in the refectory, bookstore or walking on campus. The CTS community is invited to walk the Labyrinth in the Harrington Center Chapel during the weekend. 

The Politics of Compassion

Date: 10/2/2014
Time: 6:30 pm

Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health will host a special presentation on The Politics of Compassion: Human Rights and Religion in Global Health and Development. Dr. Amanullah De Sondy, Assistant Prof. of Islamic Studies at the University of Miami will be joined by Anushka Aqil, John Blevins, and Isam Vaid. The event will take place on Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 pm in Room 1000 of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building.

Lunch to Honor Steve Hayner

Date: 10/7/2014
Time: 12:00 pm

On Tuesday, October 7 at 12 noon, the whole community is invited to a lunch to honor Steve Hayner in the Refectory. All students, staff, and faculty are asked to RSVP with Mary Lynn Darden ( 

A Body Theology—Responding to the Signs of our Time

Date: 10/8/2014
Time: 12:00 pm

Dr. Evangeline Anderson, visiting scholar and adjunct professor, will present this week’s Forum at 12:00 pm. We live in a context surrounded by violence of all sorts - Domestic violence, wars, riots. We live at a time when violence is legitimised as an option to teach the Body of "Enemies", a lesson…For the sake of peace... (!?). We live at a time when experience of racism, patriarchy, caste and gender violence no longer trouble us as it should! Dr. Anderson will explore what the contours of a Body Theology look like and share her ideas with the community.

Of Sermons and Skeletons at JBCL

Date: 10/15/2014 - 10/16/2014
Time: 2:00 pm

The John Bulow Campbell Library of Columbia Theological Seminary presents “Of Sermons and Skeletons: Behind the Locked Doors of Special Collections and Archives,” October 15 and 16, 2014, 2:00 to 4:30 pm.

What waits (or lurks?) behind those locked doors?  Treasures both rich and thought-provoking, including some real “skeletons!”  Members of the public are invited to join the campus community for snacks and glimpses “behind the scenes.”  Refreshments, displays, and tours will be offered between 2:00 and 4:30 pm.  For more information contact the department at or 404-687-4628.

23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil

Date: 10/16/2014
Time: 7:00 pm

Please join us for our 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Thurs., Oct. 16 at 7:00pm. We will meet at the Gazebo in Decatur Square (Click here for directions). Each year our community gathers to remember those lost,

celebrate those who have survived, and renew our dedication to ending violence against women.  The program will include speakers, musical performance, and community participation as well as the incredibly moving candlelighting ceremony. Invite your friends by sharing this email using the link below or via Facebook.

Montreat Conference on Belhar Confession

Date: 10/17/2014

The Rev. Allan Boesak, an influential anti-Apartheid activist and a principal author of the Belhar Confession, will be one of several church leaders, historians, and theologians scheduled to speak at a special event at Montreat Conference Center on October 17.

Acting president Deborah Flemister Mullen and professor emeritus Erskine Clarke will be speaking as part of this conference. Dr. Rodger Nishioka and Dr. Kevin Park are both on the committee hosting the conference. 

For the full story, see the article here.

To register, click here.

Spirituality Week at VA Medical Center

Date: 10/20/2014 - 10/23/2014

Care for the care giver is the underlying theme for the Annual Spirituality Week  hosted by the Chaplain Services office at the Atlanta VA Medical Center this October. (Columbia Seminary alumna and 2014 Pioneer Award winner Dorie Griggs is one of the chaplains organizing the event.) A series of lectures will address variations of the theme, “Spiritual Well Being.” The events are free and open to the public. Spirituality week will be held Oct. 21-23, in the chapel on the first floor of the Atlanta VA Medical Center. 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Speakers and topics include:

  • Monday Oct. 20, 9:30 – 12:00: Dr. Edward P. Wimberly, Interdenominational Theological Center will speak on “Clergy Self-Care.”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11:30 – 1:00: Dr. Michael Saenger, FACP, Empower Veterans, Atlanta VA Medical Center, “Spirituality and Medicine.”
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 9:30 – 12:00: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Columbia Theological Seminary, “Tending to One’s Own Spiritual Self”

Plenty of free parking and a shuttle are available at the Briarcliff Baptist Church parking lot, 3065 Briarcliff Rd. Please call the Chaplain Services office with questions, 404-321-6111 ext. 6870

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

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:

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

Preaching the Verbs - A New Approach to Preaching

Date: 5/4/2015 - 5/6/2015

If you do a quick survey of any Bible passage, you’ll find that the verbs dominate. It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings. And it’s the verbs we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for, week after week. Dr. Anna Carter Florence puts a twist on dramatic theory and invites us to read the biblical “script” by focusing on the verbs that are given and chosen by the characters. What new things will we see and hear in both our sacred text and our human drama when we connect the verbs? How can that, in turn, change and renew our preaching?

Instructors:  Dr. Anna Carter Florence, John Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, assisted by Rev. Khalia Williams, Chapel Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Worship and Preaching.

Details and Registration

Want to stay for an entire week, for independent study/worship planning? See extended stay housing option, or indicate on registration form number of additional nights (departure Friday, May 8).