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“Emergence NOW” event at Columbia Theological Seminary, January 26-29



Decatur, GA— “Emergence NOW, an event at Columbia Theological Seminary, January 26-29, will bring together prominent leaders in contemporary conversations about the transformation of faith and religion. Presenters include acclaimed editor, author, and lecturer Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department of Publishers Weekly, along with pastor and moderator of the PC (USA) Bruce Reye-Chow, and author/theologians Tony Jones and Philip Clayton. Barbara Brown Taylor, renowned preacher and author, will lead two worship services during the event.

Offered by Columbia’s Center for Lifelong Learning, "Emergence NOW" includes plenary sessions, daily worship, and workshops. The $265 program fee includes two lunches. More information and online registration for the event and housing is available on the seminary’s website. You may also register by calling 404.687.4587. 

Event leaders
Phyllis Tickle is an authority on religion in America and is the author of more than two dozen books on religion and spirituality, most recently The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. She is also the author of the popular The Divine Hours series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer.

One of the leading voices of post-modernism within Christianity, Bruce Reyes-Chow is the pastor of Mission Bay Community Church, a Presbyterian church in San Francisco. He is also the co-host of a weekly Internet radio show, The God Complex: Where fully divine runs smack dab into fully human

Philip Clayton is professor of religion and philosophy at Claremont Graduate University and Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology. He has published widely in the fields of theology, the history of philosophy, and the philosophies of science, religion, and the mind. His most recent book is Transforming Christian Theology which centers on an emerging transformation of religion in America. 

Tony Jones is theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis and is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. He is the author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and a new book, The Teaching of Twelve: Believing & Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community.

Barbara Brown Taylor teaches religion at Piedmont College in northeast Georgia and is an adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the author of 12 books, including An Altar in the World. Her memoir, Leaving Church, met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association
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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