The Life-giving Emptiness of This Easter

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…

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…

Archives Creates New Discussion about Columbia’s History

October 12, 2019—With the recent release of Erskine Clarke’s To Count Our Days: A History of Columbia Theological Seminary, many are becoming acquainted with names, places, ideas, and events that shaped this institution for several generations. The C….

Miles for Ministry Supporting Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church

By Karen Webster, DMin ’16

“Running so others can stay in the race to which God has called them!

Travis and I were raised to believe that movement makes a difference. The church in which I grew up, in San…

“We Are Columbia” Continues to Create Dialogue About the Past and Future of Columbia

In the Spring of 2017, a new photo exhibit called “We Are Columbia” featuring photographs by Khayla Johnson (MDiv ’19) was unveiled by The Office of Student Life and Formation. The photographs were located in various areas of the Vernon…

Bridging Cultural Parallax through Ministry and Technology

June 15, 2019—When Thomas Hampton (MDiv ’19) came to Columbia Theological Seminary in the fall of 2016, it might have seemed like a huge departure from his previous experience as an engineering student at Case Western Reserve University. He is,…

Columbia History: Prof. John L. Girardeau

June 1, 2019Since its founding in 1828, Columbia Theological Seminary has witnessed and supported the society changing within and around it. In anticipation of the release of Erskine Clarke’s history of the seminary, To Count Our Days: A History of…

Inaugural Lecture for Kathy Dawson, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education

Earlier this year, Dr. Kathy Dawson was appointed the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, a chair previously held by Dr. Rodger Nishioka. Her inauguration was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Harrington Center…

A Prayer for Houston

By President Leanne Van Dyk.

Everlasting God, in this time of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we offer our prayers for all of the people of Houston and those in the pathway of the storm.

We are mindful of the…

Reflections Following Election 2016

Columbia Responds to Charlottesville and Racism

It started with a statement on racism from President Leanne Van Dyk:

“In the summer of 1964, three Freedom Riders were killed by the KKK in Mississippi. Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney are martyrs for the cause of…

Love the Stranger at our Gates 

By Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President 

March 17, 2017—Some Bible texts are difficult to understand and baffling to interpret. When Jesus spoke to his disciples in parables, they often scratched their heads in puzzlement. But the dozens of Bible texts…

Love the Stranger

Does Future Presbyterian Witness Require Younger and More Colorful Churches?

February 21, 2017—Presbyterians in the United States have always sought to be a faithful Church and a diverse Church. Looking back at our history, we clearly see positive developments and grave mistakes in our desire to be a community of…

William Yoo and Betsy Lyles

Weaving Adinkra Symbols into Christian Tapestry

February 14, 2017—Adinkra is a collection of African traditional symbols used by the Akan peoples of Ghana and the Cote d’Ivoire of West Africa. These symbols which are regarded as messages from the elders, are printed on fabrics, originally worn…

Adinkra African traditional symbols

Human Rights in Ordinary Churches

February 1, 2017—My childhood was unusual in ways that I didn’t fully appreciate at the time. Recent events have stirred up all kinds of memories and emotions that I suspect not everyone understands. I grew up in a fairly conservative Baptist…

Human Rights
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