Being Called to the Ordinary in These Extraordinary Times

Being Called to the Ordinary in These Extraordinary Times

“Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours…”…

Reviving Lament in the Church

At the February Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, we received a new minister member.

The practice in our presbytery is for the minister to introduce themselves, say a little bit about their call, and then to be…

A Latina Woman of Color  in Ministry

When I came to the US from Guatemala, I experienced racial discrimination from those I would describe as privileged. But this wasn’t exclusive to my new surroundings, it happened from my own culture too. 


Eventually, I became a leader in my denomination but continued…

Narrating God

Have you seen The Good Place?


The show is as funny as it is incisive. It revolves around four characters who have died and are told they have accumulated enough points on earth to enter…

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

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…

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…

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…

Julian of Norwich: Pastoral Vision and Poetic Theology

We know little about her life, and even her name remains a mystery to us—calling her after the name of the church, St. Julian’s, where she spent most of her adult life as an anchoress.


Creativity As A Catalyst of Healing

There was a time when knowledge was the driving force to my faith journey.

I desperately desired to understand more about Christ and needed the “right” answers.

I became a committed student to figure out the areas of Scripture that…

A Call to Community from Dr. King

At the end of the year 1967 the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) decided that it was time to launch the Poor People’s Campaign.

This was an effort at launching a broad movement across axes of race, gender, and class…

Clergy Colloquies to Help Get You Out of Your Rut

It’s worth confessing: most of us, at some point, settle into a comfortable professional routine (a rut, really) that intersects with the achievement of a certain level of competence and the expectations placed on us about the job. Once we…

Beyond Words: Providing Spiritual Care Without Speaking

When I first heard about spiritual direction many years ago, I was intrigued but a tad skeptical (I don’t need anyone to direct MY spirituality).

When I learned that Columbia Theological Seminary was going to begin a spiritual direction certificate…

Pastoral Excellence Programs for Mid-Career Clergy and Women of Color Announced

January 6, 2020— Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 colloquies from the Center for Lifelong Learning, part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of Columbia Theological Seminary.


The Colloquy for Clergy Series offers clergy an opportunity to engage as…

A Christmas Eve Prayer

Our Father of all Souls,

This is Christmas Eve!

There is not another day like this in all the year.

It’s as if we had been climbing for the last month with our

eyes on this one day.

Now we…