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Students & Campus Life

Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship

Date: 3/10/2015 - 5/29/2015

Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2015;

Who should apply: Japanese/Japanese-American seminarians;

Criteria: students in MDIV program or other ministerial preparation programs; and students considering ordination to pastor or missionary service to Japanese American churches

For more information see JAUC website:;

Questions: contact Japanese American United Church at: or call 212.242.9444. 

Neighborhood Leadership Training & Service Opportunity

Date: 4/2/2015 - 4/30/2015

The Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute is offering leadership training and service opportunities. Residents in and around Gwinnett County interested in learning how to improve your community through classes, tours, networking with local leaders and hands on service projects consider applying for the GNLI Class of 2016. Applications are due in April. Check the website for details and to download the application.

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.

two Spring Fest

Date: 4/25/2015
Time: 3:30 pm

On Saturday April 25 at 3:30pm in NRH field and patio, join us in celebrating the end of the spring semester by starting off with a community kickball game at 3:30 (kids and adults are all invited!), followed by a potluck cook out around 5:00pm! Hot dogs (meat and veggie), s'mores, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share as well as you own plates and eating utensils. 

We would love to see you and your family there! Contact Sarah Are ( or Emily Wilmesherr ( with any questions.

Youth Climate Convergence

Date: 4/25/2015
Time: 10:30 am

SAGE invites you to join them at Decatur First United Methodist on Sat, Apr 25 from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. This event is designed for high school youth who would like to learn about caring for God's creation through engaging workshops on blogging, community organizing & upcycled art. Registration is free, and you get a free lunch and organic t-shirt, too! Please register online at

National Walk @ Lunch Day

Date: 4/29/2015
Time: 12:30 pm

Throughout the Church, we often refer to “walking with” a fellow church worker, congregant, or family member as a way of saying we care — that “we’re with you” during times of difficulty.

In a new take on the theme, the PC(USA) Board of Pensions is encouraging us to take a walk with a friend, neighbor, colleague, or by ourselves at lunchtime on Wednesday, April 29, which is National Walk@Lunch Day.

Not only will this walk give us the opportunity to celebrate our health, well-being, and the goodness of life, but National Walk@Lunch Day is also a great way to start a new daily walking routine if you haven’t done so already.

If you are interested in participating, we will meet at the stairs leading up to the Refectory on April 29 @ 12:30pm with our walking shoes on and ready to go!  We will take a quick picture of our (hopefully) large group and will then head out for our walk together.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Karen Webster with the Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative.

Eye Witness to Peacemaking World Mission Conference

Date: 5/2/2015
Time: 8:30 am

Worship, Keynote Address, Panel Discussion, Town Hall Discussion, and Wrap-up with Guest Speaker and Moderator: Rev. Mark Koenig, Director of PC(USA) Ministry at the United Nations. North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA at 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Lunch from Mediterranean Grill. $15.00 - pay at the door - students are no charge and 3rd person from any congregation is no charge. To register: Reply to Karen Turney at

Preaching the Verbs - A New Approach to Preaching

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

This event is full as of 3/26/15. Additional interested persons may elect to be placed on a waiting list and notified in the event of a cancellation. 

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, Peter 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

May 15, 6:30 pm: Baccalaureate Service at Decatur Presbyterian Church (205 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA). The preacher will be Carolyn Knight.

Commencement Picnic

Date: 5/15/2015
Time: 12:30 pm

May 15, 12:30 pm: Commencement Picnic sponsored by the Alumni/ae and Church Relations office to honor our 2015 graduates at 12:30 pm on the quad. Bring your own chair or blanket. Everyone is invited, but you MUST make a reservation no later than May 7. We hope you will join us in our celebration! Please respond to Barbara Poe at

Commencement Service

Date: 5/16/2015
Time: 10:00 am

May 16, 10:00 am: Commencement Service at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. Graduating students should arrive at 9:00 am. Parking is 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 the Commencement Service in the Fellowship Hall.