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Pastors & Community

Children's Garden Planting and Potluck

Date: 3/6/2015
Time: 4:00 pm

SAGE and SOS will unveil the Children's Garden on the edge of the field between NRH and the Village. This will be a family event starting at 4:00 pm and ending with a potluck dinner in the NRH. 

Families should bring seeds for what you like to grow. SAGE will have the area set-up for planting and some tools available. SAGE members will be there to assist, but parents should accompany their children. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. 

Following the garden time at 5:30 pm, we will grill hot dogs and have a potluck dinner in the NRH basement. Bring a dish to share. Drinks will be provided. All members of the CTS community are invited!

Lunch with Andras Nagy

Date: 3/13/2015
Time: 12:30 pm

On Friday, March 13, Dr. Andras Nagy will be on campus to have lunch with interested students and community members. Dr. Nagy is an internationally known Kierkegaard scholar who is spending the year at St. Olaf's College on a Fulbright Scholarship. He is also a citizen of Hungary who has both a deep familiarity with and interest in 20th and 21st Century Hungarian history.

Healthy Cleaning Matters

Date: 3/23/2015
Time: 7:00 pm

Healthy Cleaning Matters: Caring for Creation and Congregations. Monday, March 23, from 7:00-8:00 pm in BLC 103. Are you concerned about the negative health impact conventional cleaning products are having on you, your family, and your congregation, but feel as though you don’t have enough time, energy, or money to investigate the alternatives? Do you want the opportunity to gather with others who are also interested in learning how to “love God, neighbor, and self” through the cleaning products we use? Then this seminar is definitely for you!

In one hour we will:

  • Give you a brief overview of how conventionalcleaning products are impacting our health andthe health of God’s creation.
  • Offer some tips on how to make some inexpensive “healthy” cleaning products that you can use in your home, apartment, office, etc.
  • We will also show you some healthy, commercially-made alternatives that are not only effective, but could save your congregation a significant amount of money!
  • In addition, we will have some local and organically-made refreshments.

Plus, there will be time for you to ask questions!If you are interested in coming to this free event, please let Karen Webster, Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative Executive Director, know by Friday, March 20.You can do so by sending her an e-mail (thehshc@gmail.com) or calling/texting (470) 228-1682.

Bootcamp for Using Social Media

Date: 4/11/2015
Time: 8:30 am

"The Definitive-Ish Boot Camp for Using Social Media in the Church" will be facilitated by Bruce Reyes-Chow at 8:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, April 11 at the Broyles Leadership Center.

If you have ever pondered the why’s, what’s and how’s of using social media in the church, this might be the event for you. Beginning with a high-altitude look at some of the reasons why social media is so integrated into today’s culture we will then explore a variety of social platforms, name some best practices, and, finally, we will “land the plane” by walking through an up-to-date “Top 10 Social Networks for Ministry,” “10 Online Tool that Might Change Your Life,” “10 Things to do When You Get Back to Church.”  You will be invited to tweet (#atlpcusa), Facebook, and experiment during this time.  Bring your laptops, tablets, and your questions, and be prepared to dive deep into the theory and practice of digital ministry. While having an account on social networks is not required, Bruce invites you to dive in and sign-up for: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+, just to name a few. Click here for more details.

Dean-Drummond Science & Faith Lecture

Date: 4/15/2015
Time: 7:00 pm

Columbia Theological Seminary has invited Dr. Celia Dean-Drummond, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, as its next science lecturer on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm in the Harrington Center Chapel. Dean-Drummond’s lecture is entitled, "Evolution, Humans, and Other Animals: Engaging Theology and Anthropology." Columbia Seminary is located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA near Atlanta.

Dr. Celia Dean-Drummond graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and obtained a doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University prior to two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Cambridge University. She subsequently took up a lectureship in plant physiology at Durham University prior to turning her attention more fully to theological study, obtaining an honors degree in theology and then a doctorate in systematic theology from Manchester University. Dean-Drummond has published over thirty scientific articles and authored or edited twenty-two books. She is a pioneer in the dialogue between science and theology, holding a doctorate in each field. She has also done much work in the area of environmental justice and climate change. Dean-Drummond’s latest book is The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming (Eerdmans). 

Come See Columbia Day 2015

Date: 4/16/2015

Worship with the seminary community led by Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching & Worship. 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.

Colloquium 2015: 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.

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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.

Youth Climate Convergence

Date: 4/25/2015
Time: 10:30 am

SAGE invites you to join them at Decatur First United Methodist on Sat, Apr 25 from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. This event is designed for high school youth who would like to learn about caring for God's creation through engaging workshops on blogging, community organizing & upcycled art. Registration is free, and you get a free lunch and organic t-shirt, too! Please register online at www.gipl.org

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, Peter 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).

Baccalaureate Service

Date: 5/15/2015
Time: 6:30 pm

Carolyn Knight will be our preacher. The service will be held at 6:30 pm at Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Commencement Service

Date: 5/16/2015
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.