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Students & Campus Life

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

Volunteer for Seminary Weekend!

Date: 1/27/2015 - 2/19/2015

Click Here to Volunteer for Seminary Weekend!

Seminary Weekend is coming up next month on Friday & Saturday, February 20-21! During this time, we will welcome a group of prospective students on our campus.

We need your assistance in helping these prospective students to learn more about their call and about Columbia. There are a variety of ways to help. Please click here to learn more and volunteer

If you have any further questions, please email Keith Phillips at

Forum: India Explorations

Date: 1/28/2015
Time: 12:00 pm

All are invited to the Ellis Room in Richards Center to hear professors Martha Moore-Keish and Raj Nadella, along with the group of students they led, tell stories and experiences from their two week journey to southern India, where they explored Indian culture, Christianity, and interfaith relationships.

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.

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).

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.