Columbia Seminary Produces Timeline Looking at Institution’s Links to Slavery and Racism

Columbia Seminary Produces Timeline Looking at Institution’s Links to Slavery and Racism

Decatur, GA—The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections is pleased to present A Window into the Breach: Theology and the Economy of Slavery at Columbia Theological Seminary, 1824-1899, a timeline consisting of 41 slides looking at racism and the institution…

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…

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…

Columbia Theological Seminary Commits to Repair the Breach Caused by White Supremacy

Deepening Columbia’s Commitment to Black People and Their Flourishing 

June 30, 2020 — Throughout the 2019 academic year, Columbia has wrestled with its history and participation in the enslavement and oppression of Black people. On Monday, June 15, 2020, the Board of…

The Growth of James McDowell Richards and Columbia

By Brian D. Hecker, Public Services Archivist 

In the summer of 1932, James McDowell Richards (1902-1986), nearing the age of thirty, accepted an offer from the Board of Directors of Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) to become its president, a position he initially did not anticipate keeping for more than 5 years.1 Richards graduated from CTS…

The Life-giving Emptiness of This Easter

This Easter will be different. With April 12 no longer designated politically as an “American Resurrection” from the novel coronavirus, hopes are dashed for packed churches and large sunrise services. There, of course, will be a few exceptions led by…

A Message from Prof. Harkins

Among my favorite passages from the Hebrew Bible is Joshua 3: 1-5. The NRSV version reads like this: 

3 Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan….

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Dr. James McDowell Richards, Columbia Seminary’s Longest Serving President

March 7, 2020—The C. Benton Kline, Jr., Special Collections and Archives and the John Bulow Campbell Library invite you to the library’s first floor reading room to view the current exhibit, “An Appeal to Fellow Christians.” The exhibit highlights the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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