February in Photos

February in Photos

Homecoming ’19

Food, fun, and fellowship! This year’s event took place February 4-6 and included worship, lectures and workshops by Columbia Theological Seminary faculty and alumni, and also – for the first time in many years – included the 2019 Smyth Lectures.  We welcomed Dr. Frank Thomas, Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, as our 2019 Smyth lecturer. Here are a few moments from Homecoming ’19.

Smyth Lecturer, Dr. Frank Thomas with President Leanne Van Dyk

Dr. Ralph Watkins’ workshop: Social Media as Self-Care

2019 Pioneer in Ministry Awardee, Rev. Kate Foster Connors,
greets Rev. Ernestine Cole, former Associate Dean of Students

Dr. Perzavia Pralow, Rev. Jeanette Pinkston Jackson, Dr. Ella Busby, Rev. Ernestine Cole

2019 Distinguished Service Award winner, Dr. Phil Gehman, accepting the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Alumni Luncheon

Front Row, L-R: Tom Sizemore, Cecilio (Woody) Lajara, Hanok Kim Bang, Richard Caldwell Back Row, L-R: Will Hart, Jack Westlund, Lee Carroll, Phil Gehman, and Bob Wallace

Dr. Bill Harkins’ lecture: What we Need is Here: Poetry, Theological Reflection and Practical Wisdom

Class members and spouses from 1968 and 1969 reconnect

Dr. Brennan Breed’s lecture: Prophetic Preaching in a Divided World at Homecoming ’19

Associate Director, Vocational and Spiritual Formation (and Alumni) Katie Ricks leads Vocation Connections with current CTS students and Alumni

Brennan Breed and Kathy Reed perform bluegrass for worship

Patrick Jackson on banjo and Rick Herzog on guitar perform bluegrass during worship

Migration and Border Crossing Conference

This February 7-9 conference brought together theologians, legal scholars, artists and leaders of faith communities to explore the causes, processes and effects of global migration. It featured keynote addresses by former Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Emilie Townes, as well as several plenary addresses and workshops that will offer insights and tools for addressing immigration related issues.

Dr. Emilie Townes leads closing keynote address, Migration and Border Crossing

Staibdance performs “Moat” at Migration and Border Crossings

Attendees listen to Juan Felipe Herrera, 21st United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, at Decatur Presbyterian Church

Attendees listen to Juan Felipe Herrera, 21st United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, at Decatur Presbyterian Church

Kwok Pui Lan leads a plenary session at Migration and Border Crossings

Claudio Carvalhaes leads worship at Columbia Presbyterian Church as part of Migration and Border Crossings

21st United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017 Juan Felipe Herrera chats with attendee after his opening keynote speech.

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