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Reflections on the 2012 Bible Study Leader Course, Dispatches to God's Household

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Nancy Benson-Nichol, 2012 author, teaching at CTS

Note: Annie O. Banks has been a member of Presbyterian Women since 1956 and is currently a member of the Fayette Presbyterian Church. She has served in nearly every office at the congregation and presbytery level. Last year was the first time she was able to attend the “author’s week” at CTS. Annie shared some thoughts about the seminary’s summer Horizons/Presbyterian Women Bible study courses during this year’s Come See Columbia Day, April 18.

Each year Columbia Seminary holds workshops for the Horizons Bible Study; usually one is taught by the author of the bible study for the coming year. These courses are well known among the presbyteries in the Synods of the South Atlanta and Living Waters, and many Presbyterian Women attend yearly. It is a time of learning, fellowship, and remembering the love Presbyterian Women have for each other.

Even though I went to various workshops for the yearly bible studies, in many locations, I was not able to attend this very special session with the author until August 2012, with a group from the Fayette Presbyterian Women. At this workshop we are privileged to learn from the author of the upcoming study. This is very helpful, preparing us to go back to our churches to share the study with our PW Circles.

The participants are given resources to use and share with other circle leaders during the year in their own congregations or presbyteries, and the author is very generous in sharing insights about her work on the study and ideas for teaching it throughout the year

It is with great love for my God that I give thanks for the opportunity to experience this truly excellent workshop at Columbia Theological Seminary.

For more information about the summer 2013 courses, see the article “Registration Open for An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy.