COVID-19 ADVISORIES AND RESOURCES FOR BODY AND SPIRIT

“…a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.” -Eccl. 3:5b

This page provides information and resources as we plan for  the Fall 2022 semester.

 


SEMINARY OPERATIONAL ALERTS

As of August 15, 2022:

Vaccine Requirements

Columbia Seminary follows CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. For more information about current guidelines, click HERE. Community members are also encouraged to use the CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if they are eligible for boosters and to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY, and STAFF who intend to participate in on-campus activities MUST submit proof of vaccination 2 weeks prior to arrival on campus in compliance with the Seminary’s vaccine policy as follows:

  • Satisfactory Proof of Vaccination shall constitute either proof of an initial course (2 doses Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose Johnson & Johnson) or proof of an initial course + a booster for those who are eligible. Refer to the CDC’s booster tool to determine eligibility.
  • First boosters are required for those eligible. Second boosters are strongly recommended for those eligible.
  • Students must submit proof of vaccination using the Student Vaccination Form and employees must submit proof of vaccination to Human Resources, unless an exemption has been granted in writing by the Seminary.

Masking

 Effective Monday, August 15th, Columbia will reinstate a mask mandate for all persons inside campus buildings. We are taking this measure as a strategic short-term response to rising case numbers within our community. We are confident that reincorporating the additional measure of mask-use for a targeted period will be effective in helping to keep us safe. The mandate will remain in place until September 15th to encompass the first two weeks of the Fall semester, when many of us will be arriving on campus to participate in face-to-face activities for the first time. As a reminder:

  • Masks are required inside campus buildings at all times, except for those working alone in a closed room or office.
  • Masks must be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth.
  • High-quality masks, such as the N-95 or KF-94 mask, are recommended to provide the best protection.
  • Masks are required inside campus buildings at all times, except for those working alone in a closed room or office.
  • Masks must be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth.
  • High-quality masks, such as the N-95 or KF-94 mask, are recommended to provide the best protection.

For the latest updates on COVID-19, visit the CDC information page.

Updates to Columbia’s COVID-19 policy have been developed based upon the recommendations of the seminary’s COVID-19 Task Force and approved by the President’s Council to clarify community expectations and outline standard practices designed to safeguard the well being of the seminary community.  The seminary continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and be advised concerning best practices for educational institutions by local and national health experts. This policy will be updated as conditions evolve, and the most up-to-date information will be posted to this page regularly. 

  • Vaccination Policy: Effective June 21, 2021 Columbia adopted a  vaccination policy to protect our employees, their families, and the broader community from COVID-19 infection to the greatest extent possible. Download the policy.

 

Report and Disclosure

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Columbia Theological Seminary

Final Report and Disclosure

Grant: P25E202713

August 31, 2020

 

Columbia Theological Seminary acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 20,2020, and gives assurance that the Seminary has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. All students who were eligible in round one was granted equal amounts of funds. In round two, continuing students were given the opportunity to apply for additional funds to supplement their needs which were derived from COVID-19 issues.

1. The total amount of funds allocated to Columbia Theological Seminary from the U.S. Department of Education for disbursement to students is: $34,349.00.

2. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 31, 2020 is $34,349.00.

3. The total number of students at Columbia Theological Seminary eligible to participate in (Round Two) programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 42.

4. The total number of students who applied for funds and have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) as of August 31, 2020 is 92.

5. The method(s) used by Columbia Theological Seminary to determine which students could receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive:

• Our methodology was to provide emergency grants to all eligible students in Round One to ensure that funds are distributed as widely as possible. (Since all our students suffered some form of need due to either relocation or curtailed services)

• All current degree seeking graduate students for term of disbursement.

• Eligible for funding under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 who filed a FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year.

• Maximum total award per student $300 (Round One).

• Maximum total award per student $379.94 (Round Two).

• In Round Two, 42 students were sent applications for additional funds and given a deadline to return the application.

6. The instructions, directions or guidance provided by Columbia Theological Seminary to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were sent via Seminary email and published on the Seminary website.

 

3rd Quarter 2020 Budget & Expenditures Report

4th Quarter 2020 Budget & Expenditure Report

1st Quarter 2021 Budget & Expenditure Report

FREE DOWNLOAD FROM JOURNAL FOR PREACHERS

Walter Brueggemann“Until the Dancing Begins Again.”
Brueggemann finds in Jeremiah insights into our ministry in the midst of the present pandemic. We are, he says, “to render the virus as penultimate, to see that even its lethal force is outflanked by the goodness of God.”

From Columbia Connections Blog:

Dr. Michael Lee Cook, Leadership in Ministry faculty, offers tips on managing stress from a Bowenian perspective

Reflections by our Leadership In Ministry faculty on clergy responses to COVID-19,  Part 1 and Part 2

Supporting good mental health during the crisis by combating automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) 

Prof. Mindy McGarrah Sharp with Moving and Mourning: A Practical Theologian’s Values Matrix for Stressful Times, Part 1 and Part 2

The Center of Lifelong Learning, on the quick pivot from a traditional to virtual experience for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction program in Imagination and resilience: Your Keys to Success in Unusual Times

A Self-Care Message for Pastors from Prof. Bill Harkins

Being Called to the Ordinary in These Extraordinary Times by Revs. Travis and Dr. Karen Webster, co-founders of Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church Initiative

From the Greater Columbia Community:

God’s New Thing by Emeritus Professor Walter Breuggemann on the Church Anew Blog

Talking to Your Children About COVID-19 by  CTS Prof. Kathy Dawson on the APCE Advocate Blog

Resourcing the In-Between: Teaching and Learning Pastoral Care During Pandemic by CTS Prof. Mindy McGarrah Sharp (from the Wabash Center Blog)

There’s nothing ordinary about this year’s Ordinary Time. In Leaning Out, Letting Go, CTS Prof. Kathy Dawson (on the APCE Advocate Blog) says this is the time for clergy to examine what they do and why

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