J. B. Green Papers on Display in Advance of Inaugural Address
February 24, 2018—The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives announces the freshly processed papers of James Benjamin Green. The papers, documenting Dr. Green’s life as a Presbyterian minister and a member of faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary, were unavailable to researchers for many years due to their condition. As they were unwrapped, unfolded, and organized, archivists unearthed such treasures as correspondence detailing the revision of the standards and theology exams from the 1920s. Exploring Dr. Green’s collection gives us some idea as to why, when he announced his retirement in 1946, the seminary’s alumni association initiated a successful movement to endow the Chair of Theology in Dr. Green’s honor.
When Dr. Martha Moore-Keish delivers her inaugural address on Wednesday, February 28, she will be the fourth faculty member, and the first woman, to hold the J. B. Green Chair in Theology. All are invited to attend the inauguration at Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30030. The Inaugural Address will be given at 4:00 pm in the Harrington Center Chapel. The address is titled “Divine Freedom and Human Religions: A Reformed Theologian Approaches Comparative Theology.”
Preserving faculty collections like Dr. Green’s gives us a glimpse of what the seminary was like 100 years ago, how things have changed, and what things are remarkably similar. Considering their importance, the archives prioritizes making faculty collections available. Stay tuned for the release of other collections from chaired positions, including the William M. McPheeters and J. Davison Philips papers.
In the meantime, the library presents an exhibit highlighting the excellence of current and past faculty chairs. The exhibit showcases items from Dr. Green’s papers, as well as work from those who both lend their names to and hold chaired positions. Projects related to the seven endowed positions at Columbia, which include the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching, William M. McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics, Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament, and the Benton Family Professor of Christian Education, are on display through the end of the spring semester.
Each of Columbia Seminary ’s endowed positions is supported by families, churches, and/or alumni. An endowed position brings prestige to its occupant, and the endowment funds help provide for salary and research. When the J. B. Green Chair was established in 1947, it was common for $100,000 to cover the upkeep of a chaired position. Today the price is closer to several million. If you are interested in learning more about supporting an endowed position, please be in touch with Steven Miller, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He may be reached at (404) 687-4568.