Julian of Norwich: Pastoral Vision and Poetic Theology

Julian of Norwich: Pastoral Vision and Poetic Theology

We know little about her life, and even her name remains a mystery to us—calling her after the name of the church, St. Julian’s, where she spent most of her adult life as an anchoress.

What…

Columbia Theological Seminary Recognized with Green Seminary Certification

January 29, 2020—The Green Seminary Initiative (GSI) has certified the efforts of Columbia Theological Seminary through the Seminary Environmental Certification Program (SECP), which is a 3-year process designed to provide the structure, guidance and support seminaries to further develop their…

Creativity Blockers in Organizations

Einstein is quoted as having said that imagination is more important than knowledge. That’s truer now than ever as organizations face challenges in a liminal age. New unprecedented problems require new answers, for which there is no data. Many “best…

Creativity As A Catalyst of Healing

There was a time when knowledge was the driving force to my faith journey.

I desperately desired to understand more about Christ and needed the “right” answers.

I became a committed student to figure out the areas of Scripture that…

Karl Barth and Kwame Bediako examined in new book by Dr. Tim Hartman

Tim Hartman, assistant professor of theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, has published a new book titled Theology after Colonization: Bediako, Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection. Many Western theologies find themselves unable to respond to increasing secularization and intensifying…

Physics for Leaders

A friend of mine, one year into his leadership role, asked in frustration, “Why is this work so hard?!” I’m not sure I know the answer to that question. Some jobs are just more challenging due to the complexity of…

Dr. Rebecca Spurrier Awarded Vital Worship Grant for 2020 by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) announced that it will fund 15 grants to Teacher-Scholars for 2020-2021 as part of its Vital Worship Grants Program. Among them is Columbia Theological Seminary’s Dr. Rebecca Spurrier, Associate Dean for Worship Life…

Artist Ally Markotich featured at the Center for Lifelong Learning

January 18, 2020—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announces its new art exhibit featuring North Carolina artist Ally Markotich. Layer by Layer: Unearthing She is a series of paintings on inward exploration around the theme of…

A Call to Community from Dr. King

At the end of the year 1967 the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) decided that it was time to launch the Poor People’s Campaign.

This was an effort at launching a broad movement across axes of race, gender, and class…

Clergy Colloquies to Help Get You Out of Your Rut

It’s worth confessing: most of us, at some point, settle into a comfortable professional routine (a rut, really) that intersects with the achievement of a certain level of competence and the expectations placed on us about the job. Once we…

Columbia Theological Seminary Announces 2020 Alumni Awards

January 15, 2020—Columbia Theological Seminary announced the recipients of its 2020 Alumni Awards to be presented during their annual “Homecoming” alumni reunion event to held February 3-5, 2020 on campus in Decatur, GA near Atlanta. Dan Milford (M.Div. ’93 and…

Dr. Renita Weems to Give 2020 O’Connor Lectures

January 13, 2020—Biblical scholar, minister, and author Dr. Renita Weems will present the 2020 Kathleen O’Connor Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on February 4-5, 2020. Previously, she has taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Spelman College. Dr. Weems has since…

The effects of a pastoral forced termination on a congregation

The silent epidemic of clergy forced terminations seems to continue. According to a 2008 study by the Ministering to Ministers Foundation,

 

Nearly a fourth, 22.8% of pastors have either been terminated or forced to resign. Nearly two-thirds, 62%, of…

Beyond Words: Providing Spiritual Care Without Speaking

When I first heard about spiritual direction many years ago, I was intrigued but a tad skeptical (I don’t need anyone to direct MY spirituality).

When I learned that Columbia Theological Seminary was going to begin a spiritual direction certificate…

Pastoral Excellence Programs for Mid-Career Clergy and Women of Color Announced

January 6, 2020— Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 colloquies from the Center for Lifelong Learning, part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of Columbia Theological Seminary.

 

The Colloquy for Clergy Series offers clergy an opportunity to engage as…

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