In response to the dangerous political rhetoric circulating from various campaigns, the media, and other sources, Dr. T. Erskine Clarke, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary as well as editor and publisher at the “Journal for Preachers” issued a letter to all Christians to “seek to be agents of God’s justice and reconciliation in the world.” Columbia Theological Seminary President Leanne Van Dyk was among the initial signers joining other PC(USA) seminaries in firm support, as well as many faculty and others from the Columbia Seminary community.
At this time, over 1000 people have signed their names to a growing chorus of pastors, elders and others affirming the letter’s call to “Christian commitments” to oppose a climate of fear, the stereotyping of racial ethnic persons, the proliferation of guns and gun violence, the demonization of refugees, and dangerous isolationism.
The full text of the appeal and PC(USA) seminary president signatories, as of press time, are contained below: Continue reading Columbia Joins “Appeal” for Change in Tone of U.S. Politics
Columbia Theological Seminary is hosting its annual Colloquium 2015 on April 20–22, and attendance is strong over previous years. Titled “The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience,” it will feature a lineup of some of the seminary’s most well-known and well-loved faculty emeriti. The annual event provides both clergy and laypersons with relevant reflection on God’s mission in the world today. All students will be admitted free of charge with advance registration.
As a result, the larger plenary sessions have been moved next door to Columbia Presbyterian Church at 711 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA. The seminary has also decided to make one day registrations available for Monday (Walter Brueggemann), Tuesday (Erskine Clarke and Catherine Gunsalus González), or Wednesday (Justo González and panel led by William Yoo) at a cost of $25 for each day. Continue reading One Day Options for Colloquium 2015!
Columbia Theological Seminary announced the speakers for its Colloquium 2015 to be held on April 20–22. Titled “The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience,” it will feature a lineup of some of its most well-known and well-loved faculty emeriti. The annual event will provide both clergy and laypersons with relevant reflection on God’s mission in the world today.
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Walter Brueggemann, the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and a prolific author of such books as The Prophetic Imagination and Truth Speaks to Power, will lead off with his new presentation, “Remembering and the Temptation to Amnesia” to be followed later in the event by “Remembering and the Temptation to Nostalgia.” Brueggemann is widely considered to be one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades. Continue reading Top Scholars Gather for Colloquium 2015
The Confession of Belhar is a “cry from the heart” that unity, reconciliation, and justice be practiced in Christ’s church. This confession grew out of Apartheid in South Africa. Given recent events in Ferguson, we are mindful of work that needs to be done in our own time in this country as well.
“A Cry from the Heart for Unity, Reconciliation, and Justice: From Belhar to Ferguson” is a one day conference at Montreat Conference Center on Friday, October 17. We will examine the Belhar Confession in depth through four prominent church leaders, historians, and theologians. Allan Boesak, an influential anti-Apartheid activist and a principal author of the Belhar Confession, will start by clarifying Belhar in its original historical context rooted in the opposition to Apartheid in South Africa in the 1980’s. Boesak currently serves as the Desmond Tutu chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Continue reading Montreat Conference on Belhar Confession
By Erskine Clarke, Professor Emeritus of U. S. Religious History
During this past summer two distinguished friends of Columbia Theological Seminary died. In June Bishop Dr. Károly Tóth of the Hungarian Reformed Church died at the age of 84. In July Dr. Russel Botman, Rector of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, died in his sleep at the age of 60. Continue reading Columbia Mourns Passing of Two International Partners