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Columbia Seminary Launches Dual Degree Program

2004-02-03

Decatur, GA.— Columbia Theological Seminary has launched a new dual degree program—the only one of its kind in the U.S.—in partnership with Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) and the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University (GSU). Students have the opportunity to attend joint courses offered by the three schools and earn a Master of Divinity degree (from Columbia or ITC), as well as a Master of Science in Urban Policy Studies from GSU. The new dual degree program is a natural extension of Columbia’s Faith and the City program, which seeks to foster the development of public religious leadership in clergy and clergy- in-formation. Faith and the City’s director, Harvey Newman, coordinates the dual degree program with Ginger Kaney, who is the associate director of Columbia’s Faith and the City Program and executive director of Wesley Community Center, an Atlanta urban ministry program. “In offering this unique program,” Newman says, “Columbia is embracing a challenge from the Association of Theological Schools that theological education emphasize the role of pastors as public leaders.” Noting the increase in issues involving separation of church and state, including government faith-based initiatives, he says, “Pastors need to be informed public leaders, and they must be more effective in that role. They are called to amplify the voice of faith in our communities and to lead informed dialogue on public issues.”


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