Pastors & Community
Seminary/Theological Education Sunday
September 21, 2014, is “Seminary/Theological Education Sunday” for the PC(USA), and Columbia wants to use this as an opportunity to broaden awareness of the seminary. The Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations is working now to identify churches who will welcome a member of the faculty, staff, or student body to teach, preach, and/or do a minute for mission in behalf of Columbia on that day.
If your calendar is not already committed, you are encouraged to save this date and plan to join with us as we work to “put a face” on Columbia Seminary for people on the pews. Because of the nature of this effort, no honoraria will be paid, but travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Agnes Scott Service at Decatur Pres
Time: 10:30 am
There will be a very special worship service on September 28, 2014, to commemorate the historical relationship between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC). This event will celebrate these two institutions with speakers providing past, present, and future perspectives on how the relationship between ASC and DPC has impacted their journey. The Reverend Dr. Todd Speed, senior pastor at DPC, and the Reverend Kate Colussey-Estes, chaplain of ASC, will oversee a presentation of narratives and music by current students of ASC as well as former alums who participated in the Westminster Group at the college. Please join us as we celebrate the impact of campus ministry at Agnes Scott College and learn about the exciting plans that Decatur Presbyterian Church has for deepening this connection as the church fulfills its mission, “Every child of God - belonging, engaging, being transformed”. Sunday School meets at 9:15 am followed by a fellowship time on the lawn at 10:15 prior to the start of worship at 10:30 am at Decatur Presbyterian Church - 205 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030-3413. If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil
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
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
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. Housing on campus is available for an additional cost).
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).