By Keith Anderson, author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World
We are learning about the Ten Commandments in our Confirmation class this fall, and most recently the Third Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Holy” and Martin Luther’s explanation of it in the Small Catechism, “We are to fear and love God, so that we do not despise preaching or God’s Word, but instead keep the Word holy and gladly hear and learn it.”
Inspired by the work we are doing in my class Catechism as Platform and conversations on experiential learning with Bethany Stolle, I decided to craft a Confirmation class that was an experience of Sabbath, rather than just a discussion about it. It turned out to be a great mashup of premodern and postmodern, ancient and digital. Continue reading Keeping Sabbath With My Confirmation Class
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
By Marci Glass, MDiv ’08
A few years ago, our congregation changed our monthly worship “rhythm.” Once a month, we worship Saturday at 5 pm and then take the next Sunday as an intentional day of Sabbath rest.
On the Sunday when we don’t worship, people are invited to be intentional about how they spend their “day off.” It is not another day to work. It is a day to be present and experience joy. It is a day to enjoy God’s creation and the relationships we treasure
On a typical Sabbath Sunday at our house, I go for a hike and then read the Sunday New York Times at my favorite coffee shop. In warmer months, my family will drive up to the Payette River and Justin and Elliott kayak while I read a book on the bank of the river. Then we make dinner together and maybe watch a movie.
Sabbath days are great days, because they seem to last much longer than a normal day. Continue reading Saturday Night Service and Sunday Sabbath
Charge to the Graduates, May 14, 2016
By Leanne Van Dyk, President
It is the long tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary for the president to send out the class of graduates with a series of charges from the words of Scripture. There are, of course, many charges in the pages of the Bible–from the sublime, “Let anyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Revelation 3) to the mundane, “You shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns. . .” (Exodus 28).
The charges that I have selected for today address specifically the character and quality of a leader–these texts charge us to act in ways that will honor God and do good to others. Listen to these words from Scripture… Continue reading Charge to the Graduates of 2016
By Stephen Fearing, MDiv and MAPT ’14
The word “liturgy” means “the work of the people.” One of the most important works that we do in our worship is join together in song to give glory to God. However, many congregations struggle with finding their communal voice either because of their smaller size or perhaps because we live in an increasingly musically illiterate culture.
As a pastor of a small congregation on the east end of Long Island, I am continually searching for ways to craft liturgy and music that challenge the people to explore scripture and our God made known through it. One of the most effective ways I’ve found to do this is in the writing of new hymns to be sung to common tunes. Continue reading Same Old Tune, Same New Song