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Creativity Blockers in Organizations

Dr. G. & Friends

Creativity Blockers in Organizations

Einstein is quoted as having said that imagination is more important than knowledge. That’s truer now than ever as organizations face challenges in a liminal age. New unprecedented problems require new answers, for which there is no data. Many “best...

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A Call to Community from Dr. King

Along the Journey

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...

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Dr. Renita Weems to Give 2020 O’Connor Lectures

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Dr. Renita Weems to Give 2020 O’Connor Lectures

January 13, 2020—Biblical scholar, minister, and author Dr. Renita Weems will present the 2020 Kathleen O’Connor Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on February 4-5, 2020. Previously, she has taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Spelman College. Dr. Weems has since...

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Being a Neighbor to a Stranger

Along the Journey

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...

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Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

Dr. G. & Friends

Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

I’ve done enough consultations long enough and studied organizations carefully enough to recognize a pattern in some organizations. I refer here to those whose organizations, some young, some old, that ended their institutional lifespan. Though many were surprised by the...

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The Incarnation in Vantage Cover Art

In the Campus Forum

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...

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Practicing Beloved Community

Along the Journey

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...

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How To Take A Stand

Dr. G. & Friends

How To Take A Stand

Inevitably, leaders will encounter times when they will need to take a stand in the midst of crisis and polarization. At those times, common temptations are: (1) make people feel better, (2) try to reason with unreasonable people, (3) win...

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Why Do We Worship God Together?

In the Campus Forum

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...

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Julian of Norwich: Pastoral Vision and Poetic Theology

Along the Journey

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.

What...

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Columbia Theological Seminary Recognized with Green Seminary Certification

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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...

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