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“Celtic Christian Spirituality for Today” is seminar topic, January 27-29


Decatur, GA—Acclaimed Celtic theologians J. Philip Newell, and John Bell, and renowned Celtic artist Cynthia Matyi lead Columbia Theological Seminary’s 2009 January Seminars, “Celtic Christian Spirituality for Today,” January 27-29, on the seminary’s campus in Decatur, GA. Offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, this event will feature plenary sessions, daily worship, and workshops. J. Philip Newell is a poet, scholar, and teacher known internationally for his work in Celtic spirituality. He is the author of numerous books, including: Listening for the Heartbeat of God; Sounds of the Eternal, a poetic book of prayer; and Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation. Currently, Newell is Writer Theologian for the Scottish Cathedral of the Isles and Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Centre of Casa del Sol in New Mexico. John Bell worked in youth ministry for ten years before concentrating on music and worship. He lectures, preaches, and conducts seminars across the denominations in Europe, North America, Australasia, and Southern Africa. He is a hymn writer and author, whose passion is congregational song. He and the work he shares with his colleagues have been honored by the Royal School of Church Music, the Hymn Society in the US & Canada, and the University of Glasgow. Cynthia Matyi has been part of the Celtic cultural scene for more than 25 years as a musician and an artist. She performs and records with Cincinnati's longest running Celtic band, Silver Arm. Her art incorporates ancient Celtic motifs and contemporary themes of peace, renewal, ecology, and creativity. An exhibit of her paintings will be in the Harrington Center on the seminary campus from January to March, 2009. The $250 program fee includes two lunches. Register online for the event and register for housing. Or call 404.687.4587. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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