DECATUR, GA. Ministering to Ministers Foundation (MTM), a long-standing program offering resources for terminated clergy and other church professionals, is now a program administered by the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary. 


Founded in 1994 by Dr….

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Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes Appointed to the Faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary

Dr. Love Sechrest, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary, announced that Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes was appointed by the Board of Trustees as Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Counseling.

“As an institution that…

Columbia Theological Seminary Receives Thriving Congregation Grant from Lilly Endowment 


December 2, 2020- Columbia Theological Seminary has received a grant of $969,528 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the “reKindle: Congregational Development in a Post COVID-19 Era” program through its Center for Lifelong Learning. 


The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s…

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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…

TCI@CTS new virtual format

Decatur, GA— The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announces an all-virtual format for the 2021 Cohort of TCI@CTS, The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary. This is the third year that the CLL has offered this…

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Talking Politics During Turbulent Times Online Conference

The Center for Lifelong Learning announces sponsors and workshops for Talking Politics During Turbulent Times Online Conference.


Decatur, GA— Register now for Talking Politics During Turbulent Times hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary on…

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…

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…

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…

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…