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Dealing With The Pushy Parent

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I receive an e-mail from a church staff member about that perennial problem: the pushy parent (sometimes called “helicopter parents”). The problem comes in all forms. Parents who want allowances or exceptions for their “special” child, their “gifted” child, or their “tender” child. They want the child advanced a grade, put in the “smart” class, held back a grade, or, put into the same group with their “special little friends.” Once, when I was a school principle a parent insisted I place her twin daughters in the same class all through grade school—and, requested that they always sit next to each other. There was no thought about encouraging individuation on the part of that mom! Even when a graduate school dean I’d get calls from parents (usually the mom) contesting a grade!
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New VP for Institutional Advancement at Columbia Seminary

President Leanne Van Dyk recently announced the appointment of the Rev. Steven Miller as Columbia Theological Seminary’s next Vice President of Institutional Advancement. He is currently the Vice President of Resource Development for Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith. Based in Reston, VA, Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. Continue reading New VP for Institutional Advancement at Columbia Seminary

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

By Randy Calvo ’81, Director of Alumni/ae & Church Relations

With great affection I call it my pastor’s Bible. Gifted to me, it became the Bible that I worked out of for most of my twenty six years in parish ministry. This Bible still sits in my briefcase, red-cloth, hardback, Revised Standard Version with tattered edges. There are underlined verses, study notes scribbled in the margins and on pocket-size scratch pad papers placed between certain of its pages. This book of Holy Scripture is now loosely held together by a large rubber band. After all these many years, my Bible has come unglued, is in peril of falling apart, and is difficult to handle.

With some of the church’s present day crises over the interpretation of scripture, at times our handling of God’s Word seems at best to be loosely held together and at worst unglued and about to fall apart! Continue reading Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

5 Strategies for Listening to Support Others

By Michael Thompson, Director of Communications

When I first met my wife, she was intrigued by the fact that I had taken a course in college entirely devoted to Listening. “Every man should take a course in listening!” she exclaimed. I can’t say I disagree.

The common distinction between hearing and listening is the difference between taking a passive or an active stance toward the other person. Even when we are speaking, we should be observing carefully as others respond. It’s not just about the words, but the context, culture and expression of both speaker and listener that are critical to the effort.

For now, I would like to outline a few things that set the context for listening in group meetings, and even close relationships, in such a way that supports everyone’s needs. Continue reading 5 Strategies for Listening to Support Others

See Who’s New to Columbia!

With Opening Convocation just around the corner, we thought we would take time to introduce some of the newest members of our faculty and staff. More will be written and said about them in the months to come. For now, be sure to give them a hearty welcome!

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