Dr. Rodger Nishioka has announced his resignation as Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary effective March 31, 2016. He was recently introduced to the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS as their new director of Adult Educational Ministries.
Born in Honolulu and raised in Seattle at the Japanese Presbyterian Church, Rodger is the son of a retired Presbyterian minister. Rodger has taught at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decutur, GA near Atlanta for 15 years engaging seminary students and pastors to be teachers and leaders in the ministry of Christian education, particularly for youth and young adults. Continue reading Rodger Nishioka to Join Staff of Village Church
Columbia Theological Seminary’s Rodger Nishioka, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, has been appointed to the Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing (JAFF) Advisory Board of the Theology of Joy and the Good Life project based at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. The three-year research project is made possible by a $4.2 million grant from The John Templeton Foundation.
The JAFF Advisory Board will assemble some of the nation’s foremost scholars of youth ministry. As a member of the board, Dr. Nishioka will conduct research and direct the project in collaboration with the project’s principal investigator, Miroslav Volf, Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, and an extraordinary group of scholars and religious leaders from institutions around the globe, including Jürgen Moltmann, Jonathan Sacks, N. T. Wright, and Nicholas Wolterstorff. Continue reading Rodger Nishioka Appointed to Leadership for Theology of Joy and the Good Life Project
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 Michael Thompson, Director of Communications
Columbia Theological Seminary has a unique online journal called @ this point. This is published especially for adult church members who are hungry for thoughtful and provocative resources to stimulate their growth in Christ. These may be used for class or individual study.
@ this point is published twice a year subscription-free and is available only online. You may even sign up for automatic delivery to your e-mail box. Each issue focuses on a particular topic seen through the lenses of a variety of theological disciplines. Lead articles, responses, and replies, as well as discussion-starters and an annotated list of resources for further research and reflection will be written by scholars whose concern for the church is that it continue to “be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 12:2). Continue reading @ this point: theological investigations in church and culture
Interview with Dr. Rodger Y. Nishioka
Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education
A committee of faculty and staff have worked for three years to bring about the most significant changes for the seminary’s curriculum in nearly 30 years. The new curriculum launches with the academic year 2014-15 beginning in July. Following the second full year of the new curriculum, the faculty will assess what changes need to be made both in the near and the long term. Vantage magazine sat down with committee chair Dr. Rodger Nishioka to learn more. Continue reading Curriculum Changes for Columbia