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
By Andrew Foster Connors
2014 Columbia Theological Seminary Convocation held on September 4, 2014
Text: Mark 16:1-8
You don’t have to have been in seminary for long to know the way this Easter story is supposed to end: “he is not here. He has been raised. Christ is Alive! Hallelujah!” If you don’t know the way this story is supposed to end they probably shouldn’t have let you into seminary in the first place. So it’s a shock to hear the actual ending of Mark’s Gospel. “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”
That is not the way this story is supposed to end. It can’t end here – not like that. We’re counting on Mary, and Mary and Salome to demonstrate to us that the gospel message – he is raised – makes all the difference for them and for all of us. Continue reading 2014 Convocation Sermon: Unfinished Gospel
Each year, Columbia Theological Seminary hosts Partners In Ministry (PIM) events, where we share our vision of how “Columbia Connects!” and encourage supporters to give toward the Annual Fund. Most of these “Partners” commit to giving $1,000 or more each year for 3-5 years. Below is a slide show we use representing some of our great moments on campus from the past year.
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Come be a part of the Columbia community for a weekend of discovery and discernment. Our next Seminary Weekends will be held November 7-8, 2014 and February 20-21, 2015. For more information, please visit: www.CTSnet.edu/seminary-weekends.