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2014 Opening Convocation

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Date: 9/4/2014
Time: 11:00 am

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for the Opening Convocation of Columbia Seminary. The event will be held at Columbia Presbyterian Church on Thursday, September 4 at 11:00 am (new time). This year’s Convocation will begin Columbia Seminary’s 187th session, and is open to the public.

The speaker will be Andrew Foster Connors, Senior Pastor of the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church where he has served since 2004. A church “alive in the city and the world,” Brown Memorial Park Avenue continues to live into its mission to become a radically inclusive Christian community, sent into the world to work for God’s peace and justice. (See more on our blog!)


Opening Convocation will take place at 11:00-12:00 on Thursday morning, September 4, at Columbia Presbyterian Church (across Kirk Road from the seminary). The Convocation Luncheon will take place at 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Refectory and Ellis Room. As September 4 is the first day of classes, the class schedule needs to be adjusted. The class schedule has been adjusted to allow each class to meet a minimum of 55 minutes on Thursday, September 4. 

Please note below the adjusted class meeting times.  If your class is not listed below, you will proceed with meeting at the regularly scheduled time.

*8:30-9:25 am  P540-Introduction to Christian Worship, Kim Long

*9:30-10:25 am  B520-Old Testament Interpretation I, Brennan Breed, Bill Brown & Ryan Bonfiglio 

*9:30-10:25 am  B530-New Testament Interpretation I, Beth Johnson & Raj Nadella

*1:45-2:50 pm  B671-Paul in Prison: Philippians, …, Stan Saunders

*1:45-2:50 pm  HD630-An Historical & Theological…, John Azumah


* Morning classes will end by 10:25 am to allow time for everyone to line up at 10:30 a.m. and then process to Columbia Presbyterian by 10:50 a.m.

*Process at 10:50 am from BLC Courtyard/Arch to Columbia Presbyterian Church.

*The Convocation luncheon will take place at 12:15-1:30 pm in the refectory.  At the end of the Convocation service, faculty will line up on the sidewalk outside of CPC to greet new students.  After greeting students, please proceed promptly to the refectory for lunch.  We are on a tight schedule!

*Classes scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm will have an adjusted start time of 1:45 pm.