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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

Christine Roy Yoder Named Interim Dean of Faculty

Columbia Theological Seminary President Leanne Van Dyk announced that Professor of Old Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis Dr. Christine Roy Yoder will be appointed as the Interim Dean of Faculty effective July 11, 2016. Current Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen will begin sabbatical this summer. Just last month, it was announced that Dr. Mullen will return from sabbatical to a newly created leadership position as the seminary’s first Vice President of Intercultural Leadership and Diversity. Dr. Yoder will serve as Interim Dean of Faculty until the appointment of a new Vice President of Academic Affairs. Continue reading Christine Roy Yoder Named Interim Dean of Faculty

Get Out! (Part 2)

By Bill Harkins, Senior Lecturer of Pastoral Theology and Care; Co-Director of the ThD Program

In my first post, I talked about the growing cohort of class alumni out in the world has been remarkably faithful in staying in touch with me and some of our outdoor adventures.

In the midst of all this, we are reminded that relationships, often the psychological equivalent of our external adventures, also have the power to participate in our well-being and healing. While this is a narrative for another day, it bears naming that trips such as these not only provide us with a chance to connect with nature, but also with each other. Continue reading Get Out! (Part 2)

Get Out! (Part 1)

By Bill Harkins, Senior Lecturer of Pastoral Theology and Care; Co-Director of the ThD Program

For almost 17 years, I have hosted a course at Columbia Theological Seminary called “Men in Ministry.” We’ve gathered weekly to discuss readings, share reflection papers and a meal, and engage in fellowship. The growing cohort of class alumni out in the world has been remarkably faithful in staying in touch with me and, in some cases, with each other. Something happens at deep levels each time the course is offered which has little, if anything, to do with the instructor. But what is it? How do I explain the long shelf life of both the course, and what develops when we gather? Continue reading Get Out! (Part 1)

Teach-in on Capital Punishment and the Church

In the wake of the scheduled lethal injection execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner, the only woman on death row in the state of Georgia, a loud cry emerged from the faith community. Many of these efforts grew out of the deep love and concern for Kelly from seminary professors and current and former seminary students who have taught in the Certificate of Theological Studies Program at Arrendale State Prison. [Learn more about this program on page 6 of the Winter issue of our Vantage magazine.] But the Gissendaner case has sparked national attention, and reveals the urgent need for conversation within our faith communities about capital punishment and the American criminal justice system more generally.

On Good Friday, some Columbia Theological Seminary faculty kicked off a series of teach-ins on these themes by theological schools in the Atlanta area. Continue reading Teach-in on Capital Punishment and the Church