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Alumni & Alumnae

Black History Month 2016 at JBC Library

Date: 2/4/2016 - 2/29/2016

At the request of the African Heritage Student Association (AHSA), the library will be displaying select publications (books and chapters) written by African and African American faculty, staff, and instructors at Columbia Seminary. Stop by and see the important contributions our scholars have made to their fields of study!

Kathleen O'Connor Lectures

Lecture # 1

Date: 3/1/2016
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to invite you to the 2015-16 Kathleen O'Connor lectures, March 1-2. Dr. R.S. Sugirtharajah, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Hermeneutics at the University of Birmingham, U.K., will be the O'Connor lecturer. Dr. Sugirtharajah is a distinguished biblical scholar and author of numerous seminal and influential books on Empire and Postcolonial Biblical Hermenuetics. This is the first of his two lectures:

Lecture # 1

Marginal Mappers, Eternal Outsiders :  25 years of  Voices from the Margins.

Respondent: Dr. Marcia Riggs

7:00-8:30, Tuesday, March 1 (Harrington Center Chapel)

The first lecture will be followed by a reception in the Harrington Center Board Room.

Kathleen O'Connor Lectures

Lecture # 2

Date: 3/2/2016
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to invite you to the 2015-16 Kathleen O'Connor lectures, March 2. Dr. R.S. Sugirtharajah, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Hermeneutics at the University of Birmingham, U.K., will be the O'Connor lecturer. Dr. Sugirtharajah is a distinguished biblical scholar and author of numerous seminal and influential books on Empire and Postcolonial Biblical Hermenuetics. This is the second of his two lectures: 

Lecture # 2

Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: a review of a contentious theory

Respondent: Dr. Susan Hylen

11:00-12:30, Wednesday, March 2 (Ellis Room)

 

Conference on "Social Transformation in the Urban Context”

Date: 3/10/2016 - 3/12/2016

PANAAWTM (Pacific Asian North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry) invites you to attend its 31st annual meeting at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. It is one of the oldest and largest grassroots organizations for networking of women scholars, teachers, pastors, counselors, religious leaders and activists among the North American Asian communities as well as international participants. Registration & Scholarship Deadline (postmarked): February 15, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Haruko Nawata Ward or visit the website

Annual Alumni/ae Association Luncheon

Date: 4/12/2016
Time: 12:00 pm

Colloquium will not be held in Spring 2016 and is giving way to some new strategies for connecting meaningfully with you in future years. Our traditional event has required participants both continuing education time away from work and expenses seldom covered now in church budgets. Recent participation rates have included less than 10% of our active alumni/ae membership. Our goal is that a combination of three initiatives will reach more of and engage with a wider cross section of the seminary’s alumni/ae community:

  • The Annual Alumni/ae Association Luncheon & Business Meeting will still be held on campus Tuesday, April 12. Special attention will be given to creatively revitalize class reunions and activity opportunities including Atlanta area attractions, seminary class lecture auditing or participation, and social engagement with current students.
    • Reunion activities for Classes of ’66 , ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06, ’11, and ’15 including Atlanta attractions, lecture auditing/participation, current student interaction and conversation
    • A State of the Seminary address by President Leanne Van Dyk;
    • Presentation of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award to the Rev. R. Leon Carroll, Jr. ’68 who served as Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry1984-2009;
    • Celebrating the Silver and Gold Anniversary Classes of 1966 and 1991
  • Bi-annual Alumni/ae Regional Gatherings with complimentary meals and seminary faculty or staff presentations on relevant ministerial topics. These events will be planned in partnerships with our alumni/ae leadership serving ministries in specific regions. 2016 events include:
    • Tuesday, February 16, in Durham, NC, with our alumni/ae partner, Rev. Chris Tuttle, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and
    • Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, in Memphis, TN, with our alumni/ae partners, Dr. Steve Montgomery, Rev. Anne H.K. Apple, Rev. Margaret Burnett, Rev. Rebekah Abel Lamar, and Rev. Walt Tennyson, serving the Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

President Van Dyk is scheduled to speak at both these events.

  • Participation in Lifelong Learning Programs throughout the year will be complemented with opportunities to connect personally while on campus. Similar initiatives will be offered annually to connect with doctoral students studying on campus. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning.

Thank you for considering this information. We hope you will join us for one or more of these opportunities coming up soon.

Come See Columbia Day

Date: 4/21/2016
Time: 10:00 am

Columbia Friendship Circle began when the wives of two seminary professors encouraged other Atlanta wives to contribute one dollar each to help the seminary. From that small group, Columbia Friendship Circle has grown to include all who participate in the Presbyterian Women's organizations throughout the synods of South Atlantic and Living Waters.

Throughout its history, Columbia Friendship Circle has been an organization deeply concerned about the well-being of ministers, missionaries, and Christian educators called by God to be the leaders of Christ's church. Columbia Friendship Circle addresses this concern in their threefold statement of purpose:

  • To pray for the students, faculty, staff, and all members of the seminary community
  • To encourage men and women to consider Christian ministry
  • To provide financial assistance through selected projects that help meet the seminary's needs

Carrying on the tradition of its founding members, the Columbia Friendship Circle has helped seminary students in a variety of ways. The group's projects include establishment of the Peter Marshall Chair of Homiletics; furnishings for residence halls, the library, and classrooms, an organ for the chapel; housing for married students; and continuing education for ministers. In recent years support has focused on scholarships for students with families and fellowships awarded to outstanding graduates.

Worship will be led by our new president, Dr. Leanne Van Dyk. Meet the scholarship recipients, have lunch and visit with students and faculty and other CFC members.

Contact Barbara Poe for more information at poeb@ctsnet.edu