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News and events at Columbia Theological Seminary.

We’re Moving!

Dear Friends,

In a few days, we will be launching a new website at www.CTSnet.edu. (Note: this is the same address as our current website.) This is an exciting development for us at Columbia Theological Seminary, and we look forward to the many ways it will serve you as members of our wider community who have been following along with us.

One of the greatest developments over the past couple of years has been the creation and rapid growth of this, our Columbia Connections blog. It started out as a small experiment, and is now one of our largest venues for talking about the issues that are important to us. Thousands of visitors have been finding their way here each month!

With the creation of the new website, we will be moving and merging the blog as a permanent part of our website and our larger communications efforts. It is our hope that the website and blog will be of mutual benefit in raising the profile of all that we do here at Columbia Theological Seminary. As soon as the new website goes “live,” you will be able to reach Columbia Connections blog at www.CTSnet.edu/columbia-connections.

You will also be able to reach our enews updates about The Center for Lifelong Learning called Journeying Together at www.CTSnet.edu/journeying-together.

For those of you who are already followers of this blog either through WordPress or via email, we plan to bring you with us. If you are not yet a follower on WordPress or by email, we hope that you will consider doing so once the new site is live.

Again, we thank you, our wider community, for all the great ways you supports us. Your interest in our work is what has made this blog great!

Grace and Peace,

Michael Thompson, Director of Communications

Fourth Pres Pastor Shannon Kershner to Speak at Fall Convocation

Columbia Theological Seminary has announced details for its Opening Convocation for the seminary’s 189th session. The event will be held at the Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 711 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA on September 8 at 11:00 am. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner, senior pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. Continue reading Fourth Pres Pastor Shannon Kershner to Speak at Fall Convocation

New Dean of Students Appointed at Columbia Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Brandon T. Maxwell will be appointed as the new Dean of Students. Currently, Rev. Maxwell serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and as Pastor of Worship & Spiritual Formation at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta. Continue reading New Dean of Students Appointed at Columbia Seminary

New Associate Dean for Worship Life Appointed at Columbia Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary President Leanne Van Dyk announced earlier this year the creation of a new position, Associate Dean for Worship Life. “We are committed to forming our students as leaders in worshipping communities,” said Dr. Van Dyk. “After all, worship is a primary location of the work of the Spirit. Our faculty is eager to welcome a colleague who will mentor our students in thoughtful and authentic worship.”

This summer, Columbia Seminary welcomed Dr. Rebecca Spurrier as the new Associate Dean for Worship Life and Assistant Professor of Worship. The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the search committee and President Van Dyk. Continue reading New Associate Dean for Worship Life Appointed at Columbia Seminary

South African Art Exhibit Co-hosted by Local Seminary and Church

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur and Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta are co-hosting a new exhibit, Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition out of South Africa. The exhibit is on display at both locations now through mid-August. The exhibition features art created by North American and African artists following a joint trip to South Africa co-sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. The stop in Atlanta is part of a multi-year tour across the United States. Continue reading South African Art Exhibit Co-hosted by Local Seminary and Church