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Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Preaching announces October and January events



Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Preaching will offer two events in the coming months: “Preaching Advent,” October 29-30, and “Preaching: Dialogue on Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation,” January 25-27, 2011.

Leading the October course are Columbia New Testament professor David Bartlett and writer Barbara Brown Taylor. They will draw on their work as editors of the popular lectionary resource series Feasting on the Word. Joseph L. Roberts, professor of preaching and director of the Center for Preaching, will also be a part of the program.
“Like all preachers, Bartlett and Taylor have faced the challenge of preaching Advent – again,” says Dr. Roberts, who is pastor emeritus of Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Atlanta, GA.  This weekend will help participants consider fresh ways to move  from text to sermon. And whether you preach the lectionary or not, Feasting on the Word is a resource that can help refresh how we look at some very familiar texts.” “Preaching Advent” course details/registration  

The January event includes Dr. Roberts, along with two nationally acclaimed preachers, Otis Moss, Jr., and James Forbes, Jr. The program also includes Columbia faculty members Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching; and Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling. 

 “Practicing what we preach is never easy,” says Dr. Roberts. “Preaching and teaching about peace, justice, and reconciliation is especially challenging in today’s contentious climate. This gathering will provide opportunities to create our own dialogue and learn from and with others who share a commitment to the preaching life.” “Preaching Dialogue on Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation” course details/registration

 Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For consultation, speaking and worship leadership through the Center for Preaching, please contact Dr. Roberts at 404.687.4589 or

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