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Columbia Theological Seminary Names Two New Faculty Members


Decatur, GA. – Columbia Theological Seminary has announced two appointments to its faculty: Kathy L. Dawson, assistant professor of Christian education; and Martha Moore-Keish, assistant professor of theology. Both are ordained ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA). They will begin teaching at Columbia in fall 2004. Dr. Dawson is currently assistant professor of Christian education for children and youth at Union Theological Seminary- Presbyterian School of Christian Education, in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Moore-Keish is currently assistant professor of liturgical studies at Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Dr. Dawson holds the B.A. in liberal studies and music from California State University, Long Beach. She earned the M.A. in Christian Education in 1992 from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and is a certified Christian educator. In 1994 she received the M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and in 2002 was awarded the Ph.D. in practical theology, with an emphasis on Christian education, from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Dawson, who has been an elementary school teacher, has a special interest in children’s ministry. She is especially concerned with issues of learning difference and the partnership between the seminary and local congregations in Christian education. Her publications include scholarly articles on Christian education as well as books for children on grief and loss. A frequent consultant and workshop leader for churches, Dr. Dawson has served in the education ministry for congregations in Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Dr. Moore-Keish, who has served as associate for worship with the Presbyterian Church (USA), holds the A.B. in comparative study of religion from Harvard College and the M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia. Prior to her M.Div. studies, she spent a year studying ancient Indian history and culture at Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal, India. In 2000 she received the Ph.D. in theological studies from Emory University. Dr. Moore-Keish, whose doctoral dissertation drew from the Eucharistic theologies of John Calvin and John Williamson Nevin, has studied ritual and religion throughout her professional life. She has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews, and is the co-author of John Calvin and Reformed Protestantism: A Catalogue of Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth-Century Imprints in the Library of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Richmond, 1994). Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was founded in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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