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Seminary Professor Sees Radical Changes Coming in Organized Religion


DECATUR, GA—Roger Nishioka, associate professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, Ga., says that the church faces changes in this century that will have results as radical as those of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Signs of a new era in organized religion are all around us, according to Nishioka, who will speak in Columbia, SC, January 29 and 30 at Shandon Presbyterian Church. In his first lecture, Nishioka will explore indicators of fundamental change and ways the church can respond to, or even shape, the coming reformation. The following evening, he will discuss ministry trends in a post-denominational, post-Christian age. Both lectures, at 7:00 p.m., are free and open to the public. A reception will follow the Monday lecture. Childcare may be reserved by calling the church office at 803-771-4408. A specialist in youth and young adult ministry, Nishioka is the author of three books, Sowing the Seeds (1999), an exploration of faith development, Rooted in Love (1997), a collection of devotionals for youth ministry leaders and The Roots of Who We Are (1997), an exploration of Reformed Theology. Nishioka comes to Shandon as part of the Preston Lecture Series, established in 1986 in honor of John M. Preston. A long-standing member of the congregation, Preston served the church as elder, clerk of session, and teacher before his death in 2002. Columbia Theological Seminary was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The name of the institution comes from Columbia, SC, its location from 1830 through the 1920s. 

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