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Neighborhood Leadership Training & Service Opportunity

Date: 4/2/2015 - 4/30/2015

The Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute is offering leadership training and service opportunities. Residents in and around Gwinnett County interested in learning how to improve your community through classes, tours, networking with local leaders and hands on service projects consider applying for the GNLI Class of 2016. Applications are due in April. Check the website for details and to download the application.  www.gnli.org

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 www.phgainc.org

FOR MORE INFO: Rev. Louly Hay (lfhay@charter.net) or Larry Owens at lowens@phgainc.org or RSVP Debbie Laney at Delaney@phgainc.org.

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.

“Who Owns Water” Screening

Date: 4/22/2015
Time: 7:00 pm

GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light) is hosting a film screening of "Who Owns Water" next Wednesday in celebration of Earth Day in HC Auditorium from 7:00-8:00pm. There will be an open house and reception in the new GIPL office at 6:30 pm. Anyone and everyone is invited to view the film.

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

National Walk @ Lunch Day

Date: 4/29/2015
Time: 12:30 pm

Throughout the Church, we often refer to “walking with” a fellow church worker, congregant, or family member as a way of saying we care — that “we’re with you” during times of difficulty.

In a new take on the theme, the PC(USA) Board of Pensions is encouraging us to take a walk with a friend, neighbor, colleague, or by ourselves at lunchtime on Wednesday, April 29, which is National Walk@Lunch Day.

Not only will this walk give us the opportunity to celebrate our health, well-being, and the goodness of life, but National Walk@Lunch Day is also a great way to start a new daily walking routine if you haven’t done so already.

If you are interested in participating, we will meet at the stairs leading up to the Refectory on April 29 @ 12:30pm with our walking shoes on and ready to go!  We will take a quick picture of our (hopefully) large group and will then head out for our walk together.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Karen Webster with the Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative.

Eye Witness to Peacemaking World Mission Conference

Date: 5/2/2015
Time: 8:30 am

Worship, Keynote Address, Panel Discussion, Town Hall Discussion, and Wrap-up with Guest Speaker and Moderator: Rev. Mark Koenig, Director of PC(USA) Ministry at the United Nations. North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA at 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Lunch from Mediterranean Grill. $15.00 - pay at the door - students are no charge and 3rd person from any congregation is no charge. To register: Reply to Karen Turney at kt2654@gmail.com.

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.