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

“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

Same Old Tune, Same New Song

December 17, 2015—The word “liturgy” means “the work of the people.” One of the most important works that we do in our worship is join together in song to give glory to God. However, many congregations struggle with finding their…

Columbia Joins “Appeal” for Change in Tone of U.S. Politics

December 12, 2015—In response to the dangerous political rhetoric circulating from various campaigns, the media, and other sources, Dr. T. Erskine Clarke, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary as well as editor and publisher at the “Journal for Preachers” issued…

Breaking Boundaries

The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,     the spirit of wisdom and understanding,     the spirit of counsel and might,     the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2 (NRSV)

November 18, 2015—Through August and September, I was able…

Finding My Theological Voice

By Alexia Ford, MDiv/MAPT ’18.

June 17, 2015—After practicing Social Work for over 14 years, I never expected that I would have to change the way I think and process and write. And I had always excelled academically in Social…

Get Out! (Part 2)

By Bill Harkins, Senior Lecturer of Pastoral Theology and Care.

May 15, 2015In my first post, I talked about the growing cohort of class alumni out in the world has been remarkably faithful in staying in touch with me and some…

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