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Alumni & Alumnae

Opening Convocation

Date: 9/8/2016
Time: 11:00 am

We will host the 2016 Opening Convocation on Thursday, September 8 at 11:00 am at Columbia Presbyterian Church. Our speaker will be the Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner (’99), Sr. Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. There will be a luncheon following at 12:30 pm in the Refectory.

Guthrie Scholars 2016

Date: 9/19/2016 - 9/23/2016

The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. Selected applicants are invited to campus to pursue their topic of choice focusing on a pressing theological issue of the church from a Reformed perspective. The program covers the cost of a single room and meals in the dining hall during the week. Applications reviewed as they are received, and enrollment is limited. Additional information including the program brochure and application may be found on the seminary website,

Governance and Ministry: The Art of Cultivating Staff-Board Partnerships

Date: 10/5/2016 - 10/7/2016

Congregations thrive when lay and professional leaders lead as partners, and a fruitful partnership requires clear understandings about how decisions will be made. This course will help leaders develop administrative boards (councils, sessions, vestries, etc.) that delegate effectively, demand high performance, require sound stewardship, and reflect continually on mission and purpose at board meetings and in wider gatherings.  Seminar participants will explore an approach that supports a purpose-driven work environment for clergy, staff, and volunteers, so that they enjoy appropriate autonomy and space for creative work.

Instructor: Rev. Dan Hotchkiss, author, consultant and Unitarian Universalist minister.

Details and Registration

Growing Into Tomorrow, Today (A Board of Pensions Seminar)

Date: 11/1/2016 - 11/2/2016

Planning for retirement can be challenging. This free two-day seminary is for members of the PCUSA Board of Pensions and guests planning to retire within the next fifteen years. Look beyond finances to inform, educate, and inspire a journey toward wholeness in retirement. Seminar attendees will identify key questions for discernment; assess their finances, options for saving before retirement, and reasonable expectations for retirement living; define and discuss retirement healthcare and housing options; and create their next steps in life balance, relationships, housing, health and finances. The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist and retirement planning consultants. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Registration for this seminar will open in July 2016. For questions, please contact Board University at or 800-773-7752, extension 7223. NOTE: Following registration through the Board of Pensions, participants will receive detailed instructions about how to register for housing and meals.

Render Unto Caesar (A Board of Pensions Seminar)

Date: 11/3/2016

Terms of call and clergy taxes can be complicated. This free one-day seminar is for those involved in church finances. Addressing how to structure terms of call to be more cost-effective and to clarify clergy tax issues, it’s designed for church treasurers, business administrators, active clergy, and session or mid council leaders. Participants will be able to find Board resources to assist you in their role; summarize Traditional Program benefits coverage and options; define clergy tax and housing allowance basics; recognize the benefits of reimbursements versus allowances; illustrate structuring terms of call and calculating effective salary; and identify the benefits of saving for retirement with the 403 (b)(9) Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Registration for this seminar will open in July 2016. For questions, please contact Board University at or 800-773-7752, extension 7223. Note: Following registration, participants will receive detailed instructions how to register for housing and meals.

Rachel Held Evans

Date: 11/4/2016
Time: 7:30 pm

Trinity Presbyterian Church is hosting New York Times best-selling author Rachel Held Evans for a speaking event on November 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20/students $15 starting September 1 at

Polarization and the Healthier Church: Applying Bowen Family Systems Theory to Conflict and Change in Society and Congregational Life (Flint River IV)

Date: 11/16/2016 - 11/18/2016

Polarization is endemic in North American society. The polarized issues that exist today are not new. What is different today, though, is the intensity of anger and hatred we experience. Building on many of the strategies offered in his earlier book, Creating a Healthier Church, the practical strategies explored in this seminar are based on his own successful approach to guiding church leaders, congregations, and community groups from conflict to understanding and cooperation. The application of Bowen family systems theory to the work of church leadership provides effective approaches to resolving divisive issues before they do irreparable damage to the church community.  This event is for members of the Flint River Presbytery is made possible by a partnership between the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Flint River Presbytery; enrollment limited to members of the Presbytery.

Instructor: Ronald C. Richardson