Lifelong Learning Events
For more information about opportunities listed below, to register online, or to download a registration form, go to
http://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong/calendar/index.asp. Then click on the dates of the courses and events you wish to attend. You may also call the registrar, Pat Roper, at 404-687-4587, for more information or to register by phone. Unless otherwise noted, events take place on the seminary campus, in Decatur, GA. Some events listed below require registration through the Presbyterian Board of Pensions.
Above & Beyond: Hearing the Call of Jonah & Ruth. (Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study Training). Taught by Linda Morningstar. Register by July 20. $70 (includes Saturday lunch). Offered on two additional dates. See below.
Above & Beyond: Hearing the Call of Jonah & Ruth. At Roswell (GA) Presbyterian Church. Taught by Rebecca Parker. Register by August 6. $90 ($85 for members of Roswell Presbyterian Church).
S3 Annual Orientation Retreat. Annual orientation and retreat for cohort groups. Leaders: Dent Davis, Sarah Erickson, and other seminary faculty.
Above & Beyond: Hearing the Call of Jonah & Ruth. Taught by Linda Morningstar. Register by August 10. $70 (includes Saturday lunch).
Theology and Polity: How Presbyterians Talk About God. For those in or interested in youth ministry. Leaders: Martha Moore-Keish, Sarah Erickson, and Neema Cyrus-Franklin. Offered in conjunction with the Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative (YMLI) certificate program; non-certificate participants welcome. $150 (includes two meals; campus housing available).
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life (Weekend). A feast for the soul and an exploration of the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition. Introductory course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Occasional student welcome. Leader: John Kloepfer. $300.
Spirituality: Engagement or Escape? An exploration of approaches to the understanding and practice of spirituality in the contemporary context. A course in the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Occasional students welcome. CEU credit available. Leader: Norman Shanks. $350.
Growing into Tomorrow…Today: Pre-retirement Planning Seminar. Presented by the Presbyterian Board of Pensions for Plan members and spouses (age 50 and older).
Led by Board of Pensions education specialists and retired clergy. No cost, but advance enrollment required. Seating limited to the first 30 registrants. To register securely online, go to www.pensions.org > Programs > Education > Financial and Retirement Planning Seminars.
For housing, register online or contact the registrar at email@example.com or 404-687-4587.
Render Unto Caesar: Clergy tax and Terms of Call Seminar. Presented by the PCUSA Board of Pensions. Led by facilitators from the Board of Pensions with specialized training and experience in financial matters for servants of the church. No cost, but advanced registration required. Seating limited to the first 30 registrants. See registration and contact information above.
Art as a Window into Southern Religious Culture.
At the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA. Lecture by Erskine Clarke. $50 (includes coach bus, lunch, and museum entrance fee). $25 for Augusta-area participants. Register by September 14. See details on p. 4.
Norman Shanks. Lunchtime lecture with the former leader of the Iona Community, in Scotland. A pastor in the Church of Scotland, Shanks will be on campus as a scholar-in-residence. Advance payment required; due September 26. $12 (includes lunch).
YMLI Beginning Retreat. The Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative (YMLI) is a certificate program partnership between the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and the seminary. Designed for lay leaders and pastors committed to developing strong church youth programs. This weekend allows participants to ask important questions about their particular call to youth ministry and youth ministry as a whole. Leaders: Rodger Nishioka, Neema Cyrus-Franklin. $150 (includes two lunches; campus housing available).
Design/Re-Design for Worship Space: Process and Possibilities. Led by liturgical designer Terry Byrd Eason. $125; or $100 per person for two or more from the same congregation registering at the same time (includes Tuesday lunch; lodging and other meals extra).
October 29–November 2
Guthrie Scholars. A learning opportunity offered twice a year. Guthrie Scholars come to campus to pursue their choice of a topic that engages a pressing issue of the church from a Reformed perspective. The seminary covers all costs, except travel. Space limited to six participants. Apply by August 20. More information. including application instructions at http://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong/continuing_education/guthrie_scholars.asp.
November 1, 8, 15
Telling the Stories of Our Lives. Re-visit times in your own life and learn to recognize the holy places where God continues to dwell. A three-session lunchtime course. Register by October 24. Leader: Paul A. “Skip” Johnson, adjunct assistant professor of pastoral theology and care. $75 (includes three lunches; pre-payment required); $50 (program only).
November 11 & 18
Religion and Slavery: White Southerners, Good Intentions, and Difficult Choices. During two Sunday evenings explore issues faced by three young white southerners in the 1830s. Register by November 2. Presenter: Erskine Clarke, professor of American religious history and author of the award-winning history Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic. $75 (includes 2 suppers). See details on p. 4.
Eberhard Busch. Lunchtime lecture with this professor from the University of Göettingen, Germany. Busch is an expert in the theology of Karl Barth and the Reformation—in particular, the role of the church in advocating for social change. Advance payment required; due November 5. $12 (includes lunch).
Know Where to Turn When Youth Turn to You. Practical pastoral care with youth and families. Offered in conjunction with the Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative (YMLI) certificate program; non-certificate participants welcome. Facilitators: Neema Cyrus-Franklin, Sarah Erickson. $150 (includes 2 meals).