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Columbia Theological Seminary Offers “Worship and the Contemporary Church” April 12-14, 2004


Decatur, GA.—“Worship and the Contemporary Church” is the topic for Columbia Theological Seminary’s annual colloquium, set this year for April 12-14 on the seminary’s campus. Keynote speaker is Timothy L. Carson, a leading expert in Christian worship trends and practices. Carson is director of the Center for Transforming Worship and pastor of Webster Groves Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in St. Louis, MO. 

Colloquium participants will experience three congregational worship services modeled from various worship traditions in today’s church. Though varied in form and style, each service includes readings from John 20-21. Following the worship services, a series of workshops will allow participants to examine the elements of each service—preaching, music, media, and connections—as well as other worship initiatives in the wider church. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore a variety of worship resources, including samples of materials and displays. 

Brian Wren, a member of Columbia’s faculty and an internationally published hymn writer who is part of Colloquium 2004’s leadership team, says “Colloquium 2004 offers a unique opportunity to explore new possibilities for what congregational worship looks and sounds like in the 21st century. This colloquium is designed to stimulate thinking and provide plenty of opportunities for program leaders and other participants to exchange ideas.” Colloquium’s leadership team also includes Chip Andrus, program associate for worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an accomplished singer and songwriter, plus several Atlanta area pastors, church musicians, and members of Columbia’s faculty. 

Columbia will continue its tradition of hosting alumni/ae reunions during Colloquium. This year, reunions will be held for the classes of 1925-1953, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2003. Cost for Colloquium is $75, which includes an opening dinner and a luncheon. For more information visit To register, contact Barbara Poe at, or call 404 687-4566.

Michael Thompson
Director of Communications

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