Save Your Masks, and Your Stories

Save Your Masks, and Your Stories

Recently, the New York Times published an article about how museum curators are already collecting artifacts from this year that they will use to tell the stories of what happened: the pandemic, the struggle against racist violence, the cracks in…

Registration Open for Colloquies for Women of Color and Mid Career Clergy

July 28- The Colloquy for Women of Color: A Virtual Colloquy, will take place in two sessions September 14-November 20, 2020 and January 11-March 19, 2021.

Gain support, take time for reflection and personal growth among those who’ve experienced ministry…

Five Common Responses to Anxiety

Bowen systems theory helps us understand relationship dynamics universal to relationship systems, from families to corporations, to churches. Systems theory identifies four common responses when it comes to how we handle anxiety. Here’s an example.

 

Agnes is an anxious…

What’s in a Name? Education for Formation?

In 1966 Jerome Bruner, Harvard psychologist and educator, wrote:

 

“There is a dilemma in describing a course of study. One must begin by setting forth the intellectual substance of what is to be taught, else there can be no…

Education by Israel Galindo

Doug Oldenburg, Seventh President of Columbia Theological Seminary, Dies at 85

President emeritus remembered fondly for his passion for theological education 

July 23, 2020— In witness to the resurrection, Columbia Theological Seminary gives thanks for the life and ministry of president emeritus Douglas Oldenburg. He served as the seventh…

Vulnerabilities and Politics, Talking Politics Part II

Events of the past several months (the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic; the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks (among others) and the protests over policing, monuments, and the country’s long history of white supremacy that have followed; increasing incidents…

Historic Promotion of Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins to Full Professor

The First African American Male Full Professor and Endowed Chair in Columbia Theological Seminary’s Nearly 200-Year History 

On June 15, 2020, the Columbia Seminary Board of Trustees unanimously approved the promotion of Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins, MFA, DMin, PhD to full professor. Previously, Dr. Watkins was the…

Learning through Constructivism

The increase in the use of instructional technologies in seminaries over the past decade, especially online learning, has lived up to the term “disruptive technologies.”

As faculty become more adept at using instructional technology they have become more aware of the…

Is God in charge? Talking Politics Part I

At no point in my memory has our civic political life been as chaotic as it seems to be now.

And at no point in my memory have our civic politics wormed their way into more aspects of life than…

Leading from the Right Side of the Brain

I’ve been a lifelong doodler. At times doodles have turned into sketches and sketches into drawings. This graphite drawing of a sharecropper titled “Toil,” done several years ago, started as a doodle which eventually became a favorite rendering, which today…

Toil

3 Ways to Ruin Your Child

Wait. Did that say “Ruin”? Yes, it did!

I first read 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Child and its sequel 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Teenager by Israel Galindo as a young minister, and I…

The Opposite of Faith is Certitude

At a recent conference, I shared that, “The opposite of faith is not doubt; it is certitude.” A participant e-mailed me afterward asking me to expand on the concept. He said “I’m trying to get my arms around this concept.”…

Education by Israel Galindo

Henri Nouwen and Fun

Prolific spiritual author Henri Nouwen often reads sad, lonely, and anguished. But that belies the fact that, in real life, he was also a lot of fun.

 

When I tell personal stories about him or show videotapes of his…

“Quick, Chris! Take a picture!” Henri gleefully asked.
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