Community and the Church: a look back with Rev. Charles Heyward

Community and the Church: a look back with Rev. Charles Heyward

The Rev. Charles Christopher Heyward Sr is a two-time CTS graduate receiving both his Master of Divinity (1988) and Doctor of Ministry (1994) degrees from the institution. In 1996,  Heyward became the pastor of St. James United Presbyterian Church

Design for Clergy Lifelong Learning

My current context for ministry is theological education in the seminary. We see our mission as preparing clergy for congregational ministry, as well as leaders in other ministry contexts (non-profits, missions, etc.). As with most seminaries we do…

A Time to Celebrate and Honor Caregivers

With over 66 million family caregivers in the United States alone, National Caregivers Day (this Friday) is a way for us to pay tribute to the caregivers who provide for the health and wellbeing of their family members, friends, or…

Columbia Seminary Partners with Spelman College to Host Atlanta Stop of Beyoncé Mass

February 19, 2020—Spelman College, in partnership with Columbia Theological Seminary, will host the Beyoncé Mass 7:00 pm, March 2, in Sisters Chapel, 440 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta.

Created and curated by Rev. Yolanda Norton, H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black…

Teaching for Faith

A man was out hiking when he fell off a cliff. He managed to grab a thin tree branch sticking out of the side of the rocky cliff wall saving him from plunging thousands of feet below. As his fingers…

Education by Israel Galindo

Being a Neighbor to a Stranger

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you (Proverbs 3:3)!

This 7 -word command lets us know how vital it is to show kindness in the world with every opportunity we get.

The verse goes on with instructions to tie them…

Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

I’ve done enough consultations long enough and studied organizations carefully enough to recognize a pattern in some organizations. I refer here to those whose organizations, some young, some old, that ended their institutional lifespan. Though many were surprised by the…

The Incarnation in Vantage Cover Art

By Michael K. Thompson, Director of Communications

“So what’s your plan for Vantage themes this year?” asked Julie Bailey, our Director of Alumni and Church Relations.

After scouring the institutional language of Columbia Theological Seminary to deliver a fresh…

Practicing Beloved Community

In her book, Killing Rage: Ending Racism, black feminist author bell hooks writes:

“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who…

How To Take A Stand

Inevitably, leaders will encounter times when they will need to take a stand in the midst of crisis and polarization. At those times, common temptations are: (1) make people feel better, (2) try to reason with unreasonable people, (3) win…

Why Do We Worship God Together?

Why do we worship God together? This question, with which I begin every introductory worship class that I teach, presses my students and me not only to consider the God who is worthy of prayer and praise but also the…

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