Anna Carter Florence Leads January Seminars at Columbia Seminary
Decatur, GA— Acclaimed author and preacher Anna Carter Florence leads “Blurring the Boundaries: Preaching as Testimony,” January 28-30 on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. Offered through the seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning, the event will feature a mix of plenary sessions and workshops facilitated by Carter Florence and a cadre of small-group leaders. Carter Florence is associate professor of preaching and worship at Columbia and author of the book Preaching as Testimony (Westminster John Knox, 2007). She says, “Testimony, one of the oldest forms of Christian witness, contains both a narration of events and a confession of belief. We tell what we have seen and heard and confess what we believe about it. Testimony can’t be proven true or false, only believed or rejected. It raises the question, ‘Does testimony blur the boundaries of what a sermon is and who may preach it?’” The $225 program fee includes two meals (Monday dinner and Tuesday lunch). A limited number of spaces are available for a reduced registration fee of $100 for non-CTS seminary students currently enrolled in basic ministry degree programs. Register online for the event and register for housing. Participants in January Seminars 2008 may want to stay an extra day to attend “Preaching in the Light of the Resurrection: The Lectionary Texts for Eastertide,” led by New Testament scholar and Columbia professor David Bartlett. This seminar will focus on the Gospel of John and on 1 Peter and is designed primarily as preparation for preaching. The seminar begins Thursday evening, January 31, and concludes at noon, Friday, February 2. For questions about the program contact Linda Morningstar, MorningstarL@CTSnet.edu or 404-687-4636; for questions about registration contact Pat Roper, RoperP@CTSnet.edu or 404-687-4587. Register online for this event. 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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