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Faith(s) and Foreign Affairs—Seminar at the United Nations, May 20-24, 2007


Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning is offering a seminar at the United Nations and in New York City from May 20-24, 2007. In addition to the United Nations, destinations in the city include Ground Zero and St. Paul’s Chapel, which was used as a 24/7 respite center for workers and volunteers involved in the recovery effort. The seminar package also includes a tour of the new Museum of Biblical Art ( and tickets to a Broadway show. Participants will also have time to explore the “ultimate big city” on their own. Cost of the trip is $950, which includes four nights accommodations at the Crowne Plaza New York City at the United Nations (double occupancy only), daily breakfasts, and two lunches. Other meals, most ground transportation, and airfare are not included. Participants make their own flight reservations on the airline of their choice and join the group in New York at the hotel. Registration is limited to 18 participants. For more details about the tour, you may view or print out the brochure or register online at, or call 404-687-4587. Hosts for the seminar are Mark Douglas, associate professor of Christian ethics, and Kimberly Clayton Richter, interim director for Lifelong Learning, in coordination with the staff of the Presbyterian United Nations Office (PUNO). The staff of PUNO will introduce the group to functions and activities of the UN and the work of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to bring the voice of the church to the United Nations. PUNO staff will lead a tour of the United Nations, allowing time to view art exhibits, architecture and decor of U.N. headquarters and a visit the bookshop and gift center. Lectures and seminars each day, at the PUNO office, will focus on the growing influence of religious thought and practice on international affairs. Worship and devotional time in the UN Church Center Chapel will be an integral part of the group’s reflective experience. 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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