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Flu Shots

Date: 10/1/2014 - 10/2/2014

Flu shots are available for the Columbia Seminary Community, including students, staff, faculty, friends, and families. Flu shots scheduled for today have been rescheduled to Thursday. The cost is $30 for a regular flu shot and $40 for high dose (65+ years of age). Cash or check only, no credit cards. If you have insurance through the Board of Pensions (traditional plan), please be sure to sign in on the clipboard available in the room.  Your claim will be filed directly with BCBS and you will be reimbursed 100% within six weeks. Sponsored by Dekalb Board of Health on Wed., Oct. 1 from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm and Tues., Sept. 30 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm in the Dobbs Room of the Richards Center. Protect yourself by taking advantage of this important service.

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.

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Date: 10/6/2014
Time: 12:00 pm

For Theological Libraries Month. Chapel Service led by library staff (12:00 CH Chapel)

Hymns through the Ages

Date: 10/6/2014

For Theological Libraries Month. A display of hymnals in the library collection.

Lights Out, Game On

Date: 10/10/2014
Time: 6:00 pm

For Theological Libraries Month. Game Night at the library  6:00 – 9:00 pm. Pizza, drinks, and glow in the dark necklaces. Capture the flag? Sardines? The library is yours for the night!

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 archives@ctsnet.edu 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

Theological Chocolate

Date: 10/20/2014 - 10/24/2014

For Theological Libraries Month. Theological Chocolate all week in the library lobby.

Coffee will be provided all day in the library lobby

Date: 10/21/2014

For Theological Libraries Month. Coffee will be provided all day in the library lobby.

Smyth Lecture Display

Date: 10/28/2014

Books and articles by Kathleen Callahan in the Library lobby. 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. For more information about Kathleen Cahalan and the Smyth Lectures, please visit: http://www.ctsnet.edu/news-release?id=737.

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: http://www.ctsnet.edu/news-release?id=737

Leadership in Ministry Workshop (Atlanta) NEW Extended Learning Opportunity

Pastoral Excellence Program

Date: 11/17/2014 - 11/19/2014

Dates:             Session I - Nov. 17-19, 2014

                      Session II – March 9-11, 2015

The Center for Lifelong Learning is a new location for Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops beginning in the fall of 2014. Participants will learn how the concepts of family emotional process can be applied to their own ministry contexts, and, explore the theological implications of these concepts. This program is comprised of two three-day sessions (fall and spring). Each session follows the themes of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s book, Generation to Generation, with one day devoted to each of the minister’s three interlocking families: the minister’s own personal family (nuclear and extended), congregation member families and the congregation as a family. 

The Program fee of $480 includes all program fees, refreshments and six meals for each session (dinner Monday through lunch Wednesday). Thanks to a generous grant from the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN) two nights of housing on campus is prvoided.

Details and registration 

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).