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Prof. Brennan Breed Wins 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise

Columbia Theological Seminary’s Assistant Professor of Old Testament Brennan W. Breed is being honored for his work, Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2014). He is among ten winners to receive the prestigious 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, an international award given annually by Forschungsinstitut Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie to outstanding first books in theology. The celebration of the Awards will take place at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) in May. Continue reading Prof. Brennan Breed Wins 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise

Faith and Politics: When Preaching Gets to Meddling

By Andrew Kukla, MDiv ’03

Today a friend made an off-hand comment that went something like, “Andrew is one of the most political pastors I know.” He didn’t mean it negatively. It was just an off-hand comment in a conversation about non-profit work. But the comment stuck with me. Am I really that political? I don’t self-identify as such, and yet I don’t have a problem with that identity. Because you know what? I think faith is political. In fact it kind of drives me crazy that people think they are two things that should remain separated.

Clarifying terms for a minute: I am not talking about the separation of Church and State. Keeping those two institutional structures separated is a value I highly prize. But faith and politics? Those aren’t institutions or structures. They are, in a nutshell, worldviews, and they cannot possibly remain separated if you are at all serious or committed to either one of them. Continue reading Faith and Politics: When Preaching Gets to Meddling

New Focus for ThM Program at Columbia Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that they are now receiving applications for their newly focused Master of Theology (ThM) program for admissions starting in the fall of 2016. The ThM is a one-year full-time program for students who already have the MDiv degree or its equivalent and who wish to deepen their understanding of a particular area of study through reflection, research, and writing for the service of the Church.

“Previous graduates of this program have gone on to teach, lead churches, and pursue doctoral studies in a variety of areas,” said Martha Moore-Keish, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the ThM Program. “This new version of our program features even more emphasis on developing research skills through close work with faculty mentors in research of mutual interest.” Continue reading New Focus for ThM Program at Columbia Seminary

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

2014 Smyth Lectures with Kathleen Cahalan

Distinguished scholar Dr. Kathleen A. Cahalan of Saint John’s School of Theology & Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars will present the Smyth Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 28-30, 2014. The series of three lectures will be offered free to the public each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA.

Dr. Cahalan has contributed to several books and numerous articles. Recently, she co-edited Opening the field of Practical Theology with Gordon Mikoski. In 2005 she was recognized with a second place book award from the Catholic Press Association for her work Formed in the Image of Christ: The Sacramental-Moral Theology of Bernard Haring. 

Below are brief descriptions of her upcoming presentations: Continue reading 2014 Smyth Lectures with Kathleen Cahalan