Lifelong Learning Events
Columbia Seminary’s Korean-American Ministries program has initiated a lay leadership certification training program to help newly elected elders and deacons in Korean-American Presbyterian churches meet their ordination requirements. Forty-three participants attended the first 10-week course, which began in September. Among the pastors providing instruction in the new Korean-American lay leadership training program are (front, l to r): Sam Young Kim, Bong Jang, Byung Ho Choi, and Soon Hong Kang.
Renowned author and preacher Barbara Brown Taylor
led “God in Ordinary Time: Faith Practices Today”
on October 23-25. Offered by Columbia’s Center for Lifelong Learning,
the weekend course explored reasons why physical Christian practices,
such as walking labyrinths, going on pilgrimages, hammering nails, and keeping
prayer journals, may strengthen the human spirit far more than mental exercise.
Preparing the Way
Explore the Missional Church
as a Thompson Scholar
Prepare the way toward becoming a missional church: Apply now to become a Thompson Scholar, May 26-30, 2009, on the Columbia Seminary campus.
Steve and Sharol Hayner will lead the event, which features small-group discussions, family-style meals, and visits to other ministry settings. Steve is the Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia. Sharol, who graduated from the seminary in 2006, is associate pastor for discipleship at Peachtree church in Atlanta.
Participation is limited to 15 individuals. To be considered for selection, submit an application via e-mail to Sarah Erickson (email@example.com). Applications will be reviewed and accepted until the event is full, or until April 1.
Include the following information in your e-mail: name of applicant, church name and mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and a brief answer to two questions: 1) How would you describe the missional church? and 2) Why would you like to participate in this event?
The $150 program fee includes all meals except breakfast and housing (double occupancy) at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. Single rooms are available for an additional $240.
Funding for this event is provided by gifts in honor of Dr. Cecil Thompson and dedicated to the support of the work of evangelism in the church.
March 2008 Course for
Classes of 2005, 2006, 2007
Learning Together in Ministry
Graduates from the classes of 2005, 2006, or 2007 who are in their first call are invited to come to campus March 10-12, 2009, for Learning Together in Ministry.
Among the program leaders are Kim Clayton, director of Lifelong Learning events; Dent Davis, dean and vice president for Lifelong Learning, and Sarah Erickson.
Thanks to support from the seminary’s President’s Advisory Council and others, the only cost to participants is transportation.
Applications are due by February 6, 2009. For more information, go to www.ctsnet.edu > Lifelong Learning > Courses and Events (then scroll to the date of the event).
Lifelong Learning Course Schedule
For more information about opportunities listed below, to register online, or to download a registration form, go to www.ctsnet.edu > Lifelong Learners (in the top navigation bar), Courses and Events. Then scroll to the dates of the courses and events you wish to attend. For more information or to register by phone, call the registrar, Pat Roper, at 404-687-4587. 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. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for most events. Inquire at time of registration/event sign in.
The Art of Worship. Designed to teach ways that prayer-infused art can supplement congregational worship expressions. Co-hosted with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta’s Spiritual Nurture and Worship Resourcing Committee. Leaders: Troy Bronsink, Dana Lupton, Emily Ra, Jeff Meyers, and others. $25 (includes dinner).
Celtic Christian Spirituality for Today. Come explore Celtic Christian spirituality as a way of being transformed in our consciousness of the earth’s oneness and passionately engaged as Christians in the human journey towards wholeness. Leaders: J. Philip Newell, John Bell, and Celtic artist Cynthia Matyi. $250 (includes Tuesday and Wednesday lunch).
January 29–February 1
An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life. Join us for this feast for the soul. Explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition. Study the formative elements of biblical, monastic, and Reformed spirituality. This course is the starting place for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Occasional students are welcome. Leaders: CTS Faculty. $300.
Spiritualities of World Religions: Neighbor Love in the New Religious South. In this brief introduction to four groups of new religious neighbors in the metro Atlanta area, you will gain rudimentary knowledge of Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and Sikh spiritual practices, along with concrete experience of how local communities bring those practices to life. This course counts toward the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Occasional students are welcome. Leader: Barbara Brown Taylor. $250.
Because the Bible Tells Me So: Putting the Bible Back in Bible Study.
Our focus is the major themes in the Old Testament, the Synoptic Gospels in the New Testament, and how to weave Bible study and pop culture together in ways that work for young people. Leaders: E. Elizabeth Johnson, William P. Brown, Neema Cyrus Franklin, Sarah Erickson. This is a course in the Youth Leadership Ministry Initiative certificate program. Occasional students are welcome. $150 (includes two meals). On-campus housing: additional cost.
Crafting Continuing Education: Identity and Intentionality. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education in Ministry (SACEM). Consider what it means to craft continuing education for ministry programs that honor tradition and at the same time embark on new directions. Leaders: Russ Moxley, Ron Cervero. For details, including registration and SACEM membership, go to http://sacem.com/.
Learning Together in Ministry. First/Early Call Conference for CTS Classes of 2005, 2006, 2007. See ad on page 15.
A Study in the Book of Isaiah. Consider the Book of Isaiah as a guiding script for an urban economy that has failed and that might be restored. Attention will be given to historical questions and “original” contexts of the book, but the focus will be on the “contemporeneity” of the text. This course counts toward the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Occasional students are welcome. Leader: Walter Brueggemann. $350.
Latino Immigration: Challenges & Opportunities for the Church.
Winter/Spring St. Andrew Presbytery Partnership Event. Open to members of the presbytery. Takes place at Camp Hopewell, Oxford, MS. Leader: Mark Douglas. Details: 662-234-6069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing in Discernment: Attuning our Spiritual Senses. Explore the nature of spiritual discernment and practical patterns that can help open us to the gift of growing clarity. At Montreat Conference Center. This course counts toward the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Occasional students are welcome. Leader: Marjorie Thompson. $378.
Women’s Contemplative Retreat. At Benedictine Spirituality and Conference Center, Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, AL. Registrations due by April 10, 2009. Leader: Barbara McKee. $300.
Calvin Now! (Colloquium 2009).
Religion Writers’ Workshop. Led by Cecil (Cec) Murphey. $200 ($180 members of Presbyterian Writers’ Guild). Pre-workshop intensive on April 22 open by selection to five participants.
April 26–May 1
Men’s Contemplative Retreat. At the Shrine of the Holy Spirit (near Conyers, GA). Leader: John Knight Hill. $350, includes housing and meals; $50 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. Payment due April 6.
April 26–May 1
History of Western Spirituality. In this foundational course in the Certificate Program, we will deal with practices or understandings that provided the center of faith and renewal in the life of Christians throughout the centuries. We will consider the cultural context of each period and will discuss our own present setting. Occasional students are welcome. Leader: Catherine Gonzalez. Program fee: $350.
April 27–May 1
Guthrie Scholars—CTS Class of 1990
This learning opportunity is offered twice a year on an application basis. Pursue a topic of your choice, engaging a pressing issue of the church from a Reformed perspective. The spring 2009 event is dedicated to the CTS class of 1990. Class members were sent letters of invitation in late September. Participation is limited, so early application is encouraged. The seminary covers all costs except travel. For more information, including application instructions: http://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong/continuing_education/guthrie_scholars.asp.
Theology & Polity: How Presbyterians Talk About God (YMLI) Talking about theology using the lens of Chapter 2 of the Book of Order, we will look at affirmations Presbyterians share with other Christians and affirmations distinctive to Reformed Christians, making reference to the Confessions in connection with these themes. A course in Youth Leadership Ministry Initiative certificate program; occasional students are welcome. Leaders: Martha Moore Keish, Sarah Erickson, Neema Cyrus-Franklin. Program fee: $150 (includes two meals). On-campus housing: additional cost.
Evangelism in Ministry: Exploring the Missional Church (Thompson Scholars).