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Building for the Future

Columbia's Third Century

Abundance & Grace: A Blueprint for Flourishing in Faith & Hope will provide the substance
for the Seminary’s annual plans and assessments for the next four academic years as we celebrate
in 2027 the one hundred years of its move from Columbia, South Carolina, to Decatur, GA. In
joyful anticipation of the Seminary’s two-hundredth anniversary in 2028, we aspire, through our
strategic directions, to become an educational institution of theological inquiry and innovation that will:

Read more about our Strategic Direction.

Our core values

Columbia’s Identity & Purpose

Columbia Theological Seminary is an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in service to Christ and the Church. We are a regional, national, and globally recognized leader in higher theological education, with numerous indicators of our positive impact on our students and the world. The Seminary is now poised to build on these strengths by taking the bold steps needed to respond to a post-pandemic and endemic era while remaining true to our history and identity, which is constantly being molded and reformed.

These brief value statements cannot fully represent the many dimensions of Columbia’s rich history, meaningful experiences, and bold aspirations. Instead, they are intended to be a mirror and a window, both an honest reflection of Columbia’s purpose and a portal to see how Columbia moves in the Southeast, the country, and across the globe. Read our Core Values.

Columbia’s Core Values

  • Gratitude
  • Mutual Respect
  • Excellence
  • Compassion
  • Innovation
  • Hospitality
  • Inclusive Community
  • Belonging & Becoming
  • Communal Engagement