Pastors & Community
Inaugural Kathleen O’Connor Lectures
Date: 2/3/2015 - 2/4/2015
Distinguished scholar Dr. Louis Stulman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Findlay, OH will present the first Kathleen O’Connor Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on February 3-4, 2015. Dr. Stulman’s first lecture is titled “The Scandal of the Prophets: Language of Trauma and War” and will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 3 in the Harrington Center Chapel with a reception following. The second lecture is titled “Healing the Wounds of the World: The Promise of Prophetic Sign-Acts for Today” and will be held at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, February 4, in the Harrington Center Chapel. The lectures will be offered free to the public each day on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA.
These lectures honor the many contributions Kathleen M. O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, has made to biblical scholarship for the sake of the world. For nearly three decades, first at Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, NY (1982-1994) and then at Columbia (1995-2010), Prof. O’Connor has modeled close reading of the biblical text, rigorous engagement of the text in light of intercultural, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary conversations, and the articulation of compelling, fresh claims for the relevance and power of the text and its interpretation for present-day realities. For students and colleagues around the world, Prof. O’Connor exemplifies first-rate biblical scholarship that is spiritually significant and globally aware.
Dr. Louis Stulman earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Drew University and has done post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan. Dr. Stulman's research interests focus on the Hebrew Bible and the Prophets in particular. He has written and edited numerous books, including The Prose Sermons of Jeremiah, Order Amid Chaos, Troubling Jeremiah, Abingdon Old Testament Commentary on Jeremiah, and You are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature. Professor Stulman's awards for teaching include the "Outstanding Educator," "Founder's Academic Excellence Award for Faculty," and "Excellence in Education" (Ohio Magazine).
Colloquium 2014: The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience
Date: 4/20/2015 - 4/22/2015
Columbia Theological Seminary announced the speakers for its Colloquium 2015 to be held on April 20–22. Titled “The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience,” it will feature a lineup of some of its most well-known and well-loved faculty emeriti. The annual event will provide both clergy and laypersons with relevant reflection on God’s mission in the world today.
Walter Brueggemann, the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and a prolific author of such books as The Prophetic Imagination and Truth Speaks to Power, will lead off with his new presentation, “Remembering and the Temptation to Amnesia” to be followed later in the event by “Remembering and the Temptation to Nostalgia.” Brueggemann is widely considered to be one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades.
Other top scholars will discuss what God has done, is doing, and will do at the seminary:
- Erskine Clarke, Professor Emeritus of American Religious History and best known for his books Dwelling Place and By the Rivers of Water, will speak on “Columbia Theological Seminary: A Story of Memory and Hope.”
- Catherine Gunsalus González, Professor Emerita of Church History and the first woman to preach on The Protestant Hour(now called Day1), will ask “What Is God Up To Now?”
- Justo González, a leading voice in the growing field of Hispanic theology and renowned for his work The Story of Christianity, will address the topic “Remember the Future.”
William Yoo, the seminary’s new Assistant Professor of American Religious and Cultural History, will be part of a panel with other Columbia Seminary faculty and local church leaders representing a diversity of generational and ethnic perspectives.
“With transitions taking place here at the seminary, in the church, and around the world,” stated Randy Calvo, director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, “remembering is a critical discipline in identifying where we are in the present and where God may lead in the future. We may be tempted to live in the past, or to leave it all behind. At Colloquium 2015, we will explore where past, present and future are inter-related and mutually informative.”
Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu.
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).
Time: 6:30 pm
Carolyn Knight will be our preacher. The service will be held at 6:30 pm at Decatur Presbyterian Church.
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.