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Student Preaching Weekend

Date: 2/5/2015 - 3/14/2015

Randy Calvo, Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, has received a request from our CTS alum, the Rev. Andy Gans, pastor of Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL (St. Augustine Presbytery) to visit with his and several other nearby Presbyterian congregations the weekend of March 14 & 15. This is a wonderful educational opportunity for you that also puts a face on Columbia Seminary for folks on the pew.

We'll drive from CTS to our host church on Saturday, March 14, enjoy dinner with the folks there and get you to your assigned destination. We'll leave Sunday afternoon after lunch and arrive back on campus Sunday night. All of your expenses will be paid, as well as an appropriate honorarium for your leadership on Sunday morning. The trip will be a fun time with fellowship and continuing education, as well as an opportunity to promote CTS. It may also generate personal and church connections that will positively impact your future search for a first call. The churches are interested in hearing about your call to ministry and your seminary experience.

To participate you need to have completed at least one preaching course or have had previous preaching experience. We have a limited number of spaces available on a first come, first serve basis. So please be quick to respond.

If you can join us the weekend of March 14 & 15, 2015, please respond to this e-mail to my colleague, Barbara Poe no later than Friday, February 13 in order for us to make plans with the churches there.  404/687-4566 or poeb@ctsnet.edu.

Wanted: TA's for Language Courses

Date: 2/19/2015 - 3/13/2015

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR A LANGUAGE COURSE? Did you do well in a biblical language course and—even more important—did you enjoy it? Are you willing to share your skill and enthusiasm with students who are just embarking on the seas of Greek or Hebrew grammar? Do you want to test the waters of your own ability to teach or the possibility that you might pursue further study in Old or New Testament? The Bible Area is currently welcoming letters of application for teaching assistantships for B021 Essentials of Greek, summer 2015, and for B222 Introductory Biblical Hebrew, fall 2015. The positions entail the following responsibilities:

Greek (summer term, July 6 – August 14, 2015) 

  • Regular attendance and participation. Class meets five days a week, three hours a day (9:00 a.m. to noon), for eight weeks. One half of each day is spent in plenary and one half in precepts, with a break in the middle.
  • Primary teaching responsibility for one small group of 10-12 students. This includes daily review of plenary material, discussion of homework, and facilitation of drills and reading, as well as supervised grading of quizzes and exams.
  • Weekly meetings with the instructor to prepare for the small groups, to overview upcoming lectures, to address any questions or concerns, and to read passages of the New Testament together.

Hebrew (fall semester, 2015)

  • Regular attendance and participation in plenary sections.
  • Primary teaching responsibility for two (2) small groups of 8-10 students, both of which meet twice a week. This includes review of plenary material, discussion of homework, and facilitation of drills and reading.
  • Weekly meetings with the instructor to prepare for the small groups, to overview upcoming lectures, to address any questions or concerns, and to read passages of the Old Testament together.

Please let us know of your interest in serving in this important capacity by writing a letter that includes the following: a brief statement about your interest in teaching Greek or Hebrew, a list of the Hebrew, Greek, and exegetical courses you have taken, and any other information you consider pertinent. Please have the letter in Bill Brown’s box (#54F) or email (Brownb@ctsnet.edu) no later than noon on March 13. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bill Brown or any other member of the Bible Area.

Forum: Women in Ministry

Date: 3/4/2015
Time: 12:00 pm

Women In Ministry will host this week's Wednesday Forum. The topic will be “Violence Against Women: The Church's Response” with panelists Raj Nadella, Skip Johnson, and others.

Call Seekers Workshop

Date: 3/5/2015
Time: 3:00 pm

The Call Seekers workshop training content will be offered TWICE next Thursday, March 5 in order to give you more opportunities to work it into your schedule. From 3:00 – 5:00 pm, and again from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Both trainings will be offered in BLC 101. It is our perspective that these may be useful to all Presbyterian students regardless of your year of study.

“The Church Leadership Connection (CLC) a ministry of the Office of the General Assembly will present training for graduating seniors seeking their first calls. The training will provide instructions in writing effective Personal Information Forms (PIF) and navigating the call system. Participants will also learn guidelines for specialized and validated ministry. For those who will engage in bi-vocational ministry the training will support call seekers in understanding how to transfer the training received in seminary into secular positions.”

The workshop leader from CLC will also be available for limited one-on-one meetings from 1:30 – 2:30 pm on Thursday, March 5 and may announce further Friday times on Thursday.

A discussion and a forum for questions surrounding the Presbyterian Ordination exams will be held with Timothy Cargal of the Presbyterian office responsible for the exams. This is scheduled for 2:00 – 3:00 pm on Friday, March 6 in BLC 107.

Children's Garden Planting and Potluck

Date: 3/6/2015
Time: 4:00 pm

SAGE and SOS will unveil the Children's Garden on the edge of the field between NRH and the Village. This will be a family event starting at 4:00 pm and ending with a potluck dinner in the NRH. 

Families should bring seeds for what you like to grow. SAGE will have the area set-up for planting and some tools available. SAGE members will be there to assist, but parents should accompany their children. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. 

Following the garden time at 5:30 pm, we will grill hot dogs and have a potluck dinner in the NRH basement. Bring a dish to share. Drinks will be provided. All members of the CTS community are invited!

Forum: Student Coordinating Council

Date: 3/11/2015
Time: 12:00 pm

Lunch with Andras Nagy

Date: 3/13/2015
Time: 12:30 pm

On Friday, March 13, Dr. Andras Nagy will be on campus to have lunch with interested students and community members. Dr. Nagy is an internationally known Kierkegaard scholar who is spending the year at St. Olaf's College on a Fulbright Scholarship. He is also a citizen of Hungary who has both a deep familiarity with and interest in 20th and 21st Century Hungarian history.

two. Beans and Jeans

Date: 3/14/2015
Time: 6:00 pm

two is hosting our 1st annual Beans and Jeans: home cooking competition and bonfire, on March 14th at 6:00pm in the NRH basement. We’re ask people to bring their best crockpot dish, side dish, and/or dessert (multiple entries accepted.) Cook to win! Winning categories include best meat dish, best veggie dish, best dessert, most creative, and most colorful. S’mores provided, family invited. All CTS students, faculty, staff, and their families are welcome. Please bring your own bowls, plates, silverware, and cups. We are encouraging people to signup on http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ba9ad28a7ff2-crockpot.

Healthy Cleaning Matters

Date: 3/23/2015
Time: 7:00 pm

Healthy Cleaning Matters: Caring for Creation and Congregations. Monday, March 23, from 7:00-8:00 pm in BLC 103. Are you concerned about the negative health impact conventional cleaning products are having on you, your family, and your congregation, but feel as though you don’t have enough time, energy, or money to investigate the alternatives? Do you want the opportunity to gather with others who are also interested in learning how to “love God, neighbor, and self” through the cleaning products we use? Then this seminar is definitely for you!

In one hour we will:

  • Give you a brief overview of how conventionalcleaning products are impacting our health andthe health of God’s creation.
  • Offer some tips on how to make some inexpensive “healthy” cleaning products that you can use in your home, apartment, office, etc.
  • We will also show you some healthy, commercially-made alternatives that are not only effective, but could save your congregation a significant amount of money!
  • In addition, we will have some local and organically-made refreshments.

Plus, there will be time for you to ask questions!If you are interested in coming to this free event, please let Karen Webster, Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative Executive Director, know by Friday, March 20.You can do so by sending her an e-mail (thehshc@gmail.com) or calling/texting (470) 228-1682.

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.

Bootcamp for Using Social Media

Date: 4/11/2015
Time: 8:30 am

"The Definitive-Ish Boot Camp for Using Social Media in the Church" will be facilitated by Bruce Reyes-Chow at 8:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, April 11 at the Broyles Leadership Center.

If you have ever pondered the why’s, what’s and how’s of using social media in the church, this might be the event for you. Beginning with a high-altitude look at some of the reasons why social media is so integrated into today’s culture we will then explore a variety of social platforms, name some best practices, and, finally, we will “land the plane” by walking through an up-to-date “Top 10 Social Networks for Ministry,” “10 Online Tool that Might Change Your Life,” “10 Things to do When You Get Back to Church.”  You will be invited to tweet (#atlpcusa), Facebook, and experiment during this time.  Bring your laptops, tablets, and your questions, and be prepared to dive deep into the theory and practice of digital ministry. While having an account on social networks is not required, Bruce invites you to dive in and sign-up for: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+, just to name a few. Click here for more details.

Dean-Drummond Science & Faith Lecture

Date: 4/15/2015
Time: 7:00 pm

Columbia Theological Seminary has invited Dr. Celia Dean-Drummond, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, as its next science lecturer on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm in the Harrington Center Chapel. Dean-Drummond’s lecture is entitled, "Evolution, Humans, and Other Animals: Engaging Theology and Anthropology." Columbia Seminary is located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA near Atlanta.

Dr. Celia Dean-Drummond graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and obtained a doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University prior to two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Cambridge University. She subsequently took up a lectureship in plant physiology at Durham University prior to turning her attention more fully to theological study, obtaining an honors degree in theology and then a doctorate in systematic theology from Manchester University. Dean-Drummond has published over thirty scientific articles and authored or edited twenty-two books. She is a pioneer in the dialogue between science and theology, holding a doctorate in each field. She has also done much work in the area of environmental justice and climate change. Dean-Drummond’s latest book is The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming (Eerdmans). 

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.

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 www.gipl.org

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, 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

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.