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Georgia Presbyterian Cursillo

Date: 3/26/2015 - 4/16/2015

Cursillo – “Cursillo de Christiandad” – is defined as a short course in Christianity.  It is a three day spiritual retreat in learning about God’s love and Christ’s will for us. Cursillo provides a foundation for both individual and community spiritual growth.  It is an opportunity for Christians who want to “step up” their relationship with Christ and to have a greater impact on their environments in response to God’s call beginning with a 3-Day Weekend where grace, spiritual growth, and community are combined in a fun and energetic way and continuing for a lifetime.

The weekend includes chapel each day, communion, small group discussions, sharing, music, singing, laughter, and prayer. Georgia Presbyterian Cursillo (GPC) weekends are held twice a year at the very comfortable Pinnacle Retreat Center in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains of Clayton, Georgia.

We invite all Presbyterians to join us this spring, April 16-19, or in the fall, October 29-November1. The cost is only $100 per person all inclusive.

For more information and to register, see or contact Debi Elkins, Registrar, at 678-640-0808 or email her at

Women at the Cross 2015

Date: 4/1/2015
Time: 7:00 pm

Prof. Marcia Riggs will join others at this event to be held at the ITC Chapel, 700 Martin L. King Dr., Atlanta on Wed, April 1 at 7:00 pm. It will be a Worship Arts Service of Recovery and Restoration: recognizing the art of Mr. Charles Bibbs. For more information, call 770-981-2601 or 404-527-7729.

The Hunger Seder

Date: 4/9/2015
Time: 6:30 pm

An interfaith gathering, and an opportunity to highlight hunger issues in Atlanta during one of the days of the Jewish Passover. In addition to the full traditional Passover Seder ritual (and a good meal), we learn from people working directly with hunger issues, and hope those attending leave with a determination to become involved in hunger advocacy work. It will be held at the Ahavath Achim synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, just off the corner with Northside Drive. Registration and details here.  

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

Families & Friends at Presbyterian Village

Date: 4/18/2015
Time: 10:00 am

Columbia Students are invited to come to a Families & Friends day on Saturday, April 18, 10am-3pm at PRESBYTERIAN VILLAGE in Austell. Free mouth-watering barbeque along with great musical entertainment PLUS charming horse & carriage rides, a vintage tractor ride, a Bounce House, games, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones , magicians, and more!  We need students to help with on-site registration, game supervision, and making sure some of our less-mobile folks get a taste of the barbeque!

E-Z & Free Parking across the street from the Village! Unload your group on campus and we’ll shuttle your driver back across the street.

WHERE? Presbyterian Village, 2000 East-West Connector, Austell, GA

FOR MORE INFO: Rev. Louly Hay ( or Larry Owens at or RSVP Debbie Laney at

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

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

Preaching the Verbs - A New Approach to Preaching

Date: 5/4/2015 - 5/6/2015

This event is full as of 3/26/15. Additional interested persons may elect to be placed on a waiting list and notified in the event of a cancellation. 

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.