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COLUMBIA 
THEOLOGICAL 
SEMINARY 



Vantage 



WINTER 2000 



'Worship and music' 
headlines Colloquium 



''WORSHIP and Music in the Twenty- 
I nst Century" headlines Columbia's 
( olloquium '00, April 24-26. This 
important topic in the life of the 
church will be developed throughout 
the three-day event by speakers, 
preacher, and workshops. 

Don E. Saliers and Marva J. Dawn 
are speakers, and Thomas H. Troeger 
is the guest preacher. There are excit- 
ing new events this year, along with 
familiar favorites. Traditional activities 
include worship services, lectures, 
and opportunities for interaction with 
guest speakers, professors, and col- 
leagues. New activities include work- 
shop opportunities, a Softball game for 
alumni /ae, students, faculty, and staff, 
and a dramatic telling of the Gospel of 
John. Alumni/ae activities include the 
Alumni/ae Association banquet and 
class reunions. 

Colloquium '00 kicks off with a 
picnic and softball game at the recre- 
ation field at 12 noon on April 24. 

Monday afternoon activities have 
been planned to provide an opportu- 
nity for rest and recreation following 
Easter. Time is open to take in a round 
of golf, a game of tennis, or Columbia's 



new labyrinth for a meditation walk. 
Participants may wish to visit Emory 
University's Carlos Museum or shop at 
Lenox Square. 

A reception at 5:00 p.m. will be 
followed by the banquet at 6:00 p.m. 
in the Richards Center. The banquet 
will include a welcome from retiring 
President Douglas Oldenburg, presen- 
tation of two Distinguished Service 
Awards, and other Alumni/ae 
Association business. The reunion 
classes of 1925-49, 1950, 1955, 1960, 
1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 
1995, and 1999 will be honored. 

Dinner is followed by an 8:00 p.m. 
worship service led by Troeger. His 
sermon title, "Terrified by Resurrection,'' 
is drawn from Matthew 27. 

Day two, April 25, begins with 
morning prayer at 9:00 a.m. led by 
Troeger, followed by Saliers' first lec- 
ture. Saliers' overall title is "The 
Travail of Worship in a Culture of 
Hype," and his first lecture's title is 
"Where Has All the Glory Gone?" 
After a mid-morning break, Saliers 
will continue to lecture on "Whence 
the Holy Now?" 

After the luncheon at 12:00, the 



Highlights of the schedule 



Monday, April 24 

Noon Picnic and Softball Game 

2:00 p.m. Free time. Spend your afternoon at golf, tennis, labyrinth, 

prayer room, Carlos Museum at Emory University, or shopping 
5:00 p.m. Reception 
6:00 p.m. Banquet 
8:00 p.m. Worship: "Celebrating the Risen Christ," Thomas Troeger 

Tuesday, April 25 

9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, Thomas Troeger 
9:15 a.m. "Where Has All the Glory Gone?" Don Saliers 
10:45 a.m. "Whence the Holy Now?" Don Saliers 
Noon Luncheon 

2:00 p.m. Eleven workshops offered. See copy above for topics and leaders. 
5:30 p.m. Dinner on one's own in Decatur, Atlanta's new restaurant enclave 
7:30 p.m. The Gospel of John, performed at Decatur Presbyterian Church 
by Meda Stamper '99 

Wednesday, April 26 

9:00 a.m. "Suffering Glory," Marva Dawn 

10:30 a.m. "Holy Bearing," Marva Dawn 

11:30 a.m. Worship: "Following the Risen Christ," Thomas Troeger 




Don E. Saliers 



Marva ]. Dawn 



Thomas H. Troc^ci 



remaining Tuesday schedule follows a 
new format. From 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., 
11 workshops focusing on worship 
and music in the new century will be 
offered. Options include: Travel Tips for 
the Journey, with Tom Troeger; The 
Home as Domestic Church: Equipping 
Parents to Nurture the Faith of Their 
Children, with David Batchelder; 
Designing Contemporanj Worship 
Services, with Randy Rowland; Sabbath 
WJwleness for Clergy: Gift for Worship, 
with Marva Dawn; Worship and Youth: 
Worship for Them and with Them, with 
Jodi Martin; Reformed Worship: Living 
in Time and History, Our Reformed 
Liturgical Roots, with Fred Holper; 
Music in the Worship Service: Tough 
Choices, with Paul Detterman; 
Managing Time or Marking Time? Living 
the Liturgical Year, with Deborah 
McKinley; Anthem Reading for 
Musicians, with Porter Remington; 
Radical Re-Creation!: Preaching Work as 
Spirit-Play, with David Schlafer; and 
The Imaginative Congregation: The Use 
of the Arts in Worship, with Sidney 
Fowler. Cost for a workshop is $30 
per person. 

At 5:30 p.m., participants will 
leave for downtown Decatur for dinner 
on their own. In recent years, Decatur 
has become known as one of metro- 
Atlanta's noted restaurant enclaves. 

At 7:30 p.m., at Decatur 
Presbyterian Church, "The Gospel of 
John" will be performed by Meda 
Stamper '99, followed by a reception. 
Stamper's performance, which was 
performed last year to great acclaim, is 
a dramatic telling of the Fourth Gospel 
from the biblical text. 

The final day of Colloquium '00 
features lectures by Marva Dawn and 
the concluding worship service. With 
an overall theme of "The Hope of 
Worship in a Culture of Travail," 
Dawn begins her first lecture, 



"Suffering Glory," at 9:00 a.m. After 
a mid-morning break, Dawn will 
present her second lecture, "Holy 
Bearing." A worship service will be 
led by Troeger, who will preach from 
Acts 9 on "Resurrection Weavings." 

Don E. Saliers holds the Franklin 
N. Parker chair as professor of theology 
and worship and director of the 
Master of Sacred Music program at 
Emory University. An ordained United 
Methodist elder, he has served both 
rural and inner-city ministries. He is 
currently president of the Society for 
the Study of Christian Spirituality. 
Saliers' recent publications include 
Worship Come to Its Senses: Worship and 
Spirituality; and Worship as Theology: 
A Foretaste of Glory Divine. An active 
composer, Saliers serves as 
organist/choir master at Emory 
University's Cannon Chapel for the 
Sunday liturgies. 

Marva J. Dawn is an author, 
educator with "Christians Equipped 
for Ministry" (CEM), and theologian. 
Dawn has worked with CEM since 
1979. She has also worked in special 
ministries and youth and education 
within the Lutheran Church. Among 
Dawn's books are Reaching Out 
Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of 
Worship for the Turn-of-the-Centun/ 
Culture, which was honored in 1996 by 
the Academy of Parish Clergy as one 
of the year's top ten books; The 
Unnecessary Pastor: Raii^ioirring the 
Call, with Eugene Peterson; and 

ping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, 
Resting, Embracing, Feasting. 

Thomas H. Troeger is the Ralph 
E. and Norma E. Peck Professor of 
Preaching and Communications at Iliff 
School of Theology in Denver. Troeger 
is ordained both in the Presbyterian 
Church (1970) and the Episcopal 
Church (1999). His books include The 
Continued on page 3 




Challenges before the seminary 



Douglas W. Oldenburg, President 




] As I WORK 

toward the end 
of m\ tenure al 
( olumbia, I 
want to share 
some thoughts 
about .1 few <>! 
the major chal- 
enges that I 
pen eh e fa< e 
the seminary in 
future years 
Maintaining relationships with the 
constituencies: ( >ne of the Strong assets 
of Columbia has been our very positive 
relationship with our graduates and 
congregations in the Southeast To be 
sure, not everyone feels it, but for the 
most part, there has been a strong 
sense of identity between our seminary 
and the congregations of our two 
supporting synods, living Waters and 
South Atlantic. We are "their" semi- 
nary and that feeling has been mutual. 
I believe that that relationship, built 
over many years by those who have 
gone before us, is one of the principal 
reasons our capital campaign in the 
early 90's was so successful. 

Since I came to Columbia in 1987, 
the seminary has experienced tremen- 



dous change the campus looks differ- 
ent older fa< ulry and staff have retired, 
all but one (.1 the v ice presidents are 
new, and 23 new professors have joined 
our faculty. A graduate recently said 
to me, "1 don't recognize this place 
anymore'" 

I belie\ «■ it is imperative that the 
nev\ president/ the development offi- 
cers, and the new fa< ulry spend as 
much time as possible preaching, 
teaching, and visiting in congregations 
and sharing themselves and what is 
going on at ( olumbia, It is also imper- 
ative, of course, that we do everything 
we can to encourage people to come 
to the campus for continuing educa- 
tion, Lay Institute courses, spirituality 
courses, "Come See Columbia" day, 
and more. Our efforts to become more 
"national" must not diminish our 
i lose relationship with pastors and 
congregations in the Southeast 
Maintaining strong faculty: The heart 
of the seminary is its faculty. We have 
been blessed with an absolutely out- 
si . mding faculty, a community of 
scholars that is deeply committed to 
the church and to our mission of 
preparing women and men for leader- 
ship in the church. There is a healthy 



diversity in our faculty, without 
destructive conflict. Although some do 
not have long pastoral experience, 
they are all actively involved in the 
life oi congregations, frequently teach- 
ing and preaching and leading 
retreats. One of the great challenges 
in the future will be to maintain such 
.i faculty, with healthy racial-ethnic, 
gender, and theological diversity. 
Recruiting students: During my tenure 
at Columbia, I have always said that we 
were not interested in more students 
but always interested in recruiting 
those with the greatest potential for 
leadership in the church. For the past 
decade, we have maintained our 
enrollment. Current data clearly 
shows, however, that our denomina- 
tion needs not only "better" students 
preparing for ministry, but "more" 
students as well. In recruiting students, 
we need to give a greater priority to 
recruiting qualified racial-ethnic 
persons who have gifts for ministry 
in order to respond to the growing 
cultural diversity in our country. We 
need to urge congregations to be more 
active in encouraging those with 
special gifts for ministry to consider 
that calling. 



Raising additional financial 
resources: To be sure, we have been 
wonderfully blessed during my tenure 
in receiving planned gifts and with 
many friends who have given us a 
priority in their charitable giving If, 
however, we are to maintain an excel- 
lent faculty, recruit more students, 
serve the church in new ways, be an 
effective resource for lifelong learning, 
and continue to be an intellectual 
center for the church, we will need 
additional resources. With the tremen- 
dous transfer of wealth currently 
going on in our country, we need to 
place a greater focus on encouraging 
planned gifts. Our Development 
Office has plans to do just that. 

Those are a few of the major 
challenges I see facing Columbia as it 
moves into the future. Our long-range 
plan, "Vision 2020," gives us an 
inspiring vision and direction in which 
to move. I trust our new president 
will be as excited about the future of 
Columbia and as passionate about our 
mission as I am and will feel as fortu- 
nate to be its president as I have felt. 
Thanks be to God for the blessings of 
the past and the challenges in the 
future. □ 



Profile of Columbia's eighth 
president emerges 



As Nil II COMMII II I foi 

Columbia Seminary's eighth president 
continues its work, a profile of the 
next president has emerged. The 
advertisement for the position states 
that Columbia's next president "must 
be an ordained minister of the 
Presbyterian Church (USA). In addi- 
tion, candidates should have a proven 
rei ord "t i ollegia] administrative 
experience, clear commitments both to 
the church and to theological educa- 
tion, and .i willingness to lead the 
seminary toward the fulfillment of its 
mission of training leaders for Un- 
church." 

Candidates will be expected to 
have a demonstrated record of piw id 
ing pastoral leadership and an appre 
ciation for the value that academic 
1 1 iming offers the church. The person 
being sought must understand the 
importance of training men and 
women for ministry, especially parish 
ministry. That person must also see the 
necessity of providing lifelong educa- 
tion for ministers beyond the basic 
degree and for laypeople participating 
in Columbia's courses and programs 

According to Joseph Harvard '66, 
chair of the Search Committee, "The 



next president must work toward 
strengthening Columbia's relation- 
ships with its constituencies and con- 
tinue the style of collegia! working 
relationships that personifies life .if 
( olumbia. This spirit of cooperation 
will attract and nurture good col- 
leagues to work at Columbia, while 
strengthening the current faculty and 
Staff. I he next president will encour- 
age the community spirit that is a 
trademark of Columbia and lead 
Columbia as it continues to respond 
to the needs and challenges of Un- 
church." 

To reach consensus on this profile, 
the Search Committee has sent ques- 
tionnaires to and engaged in conversa- 
tions with the Board of Trustees, facul- 
ty, > ice presidents, students in both 
the basic and advanced degrees pro- 
ms, alumni /ae, the Vision 2020 
Committee, and former presidents. 

The Search Committee solicits rec- 
ommendations c\nd suggestions, to be 
received by March 1. Contact the 
chair, the Rev. Joseph Harvard, at 
First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main 
Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701, 
or fax 919/682-0493. □ 




The Presidential Search Committee is meeting monthly. In December, the group met 
ai I irsl Presbyterian Church, Atlanta Members of the committee are. (front row, l-r: 
Kathtyn Summers Bean '01, student representative; Billy Morris, Board member; 
Trisha Senterfitl '93, alumni/ae representative; Catherine Gonzalez, faculty representa- 
tive; (second row) Joanna Adams 79, chair, Board of Trustees; John Aldridge, Board 
member; Frank Colcough, Board member; (third row) Tom Walker '64, alumni/ae 
representative; Bill Scheu, Board member; John Weitnauer, Board member; (fourth row) 
Joe Harvard '6r», chair, Search Committee; Erskine Clarke '66, faculty representative 
Not pictured: Florida Ellis, Board member 



VANTAGE 




Rachel Winter '00 is one of Columbia* students living at East Like and particivatint in 
Project BUTLER. 



Columbia Seminary and East Lake 
continue partnership 



Columbia welcomes new vice 
president and associate dean 



It's 7:30 p.m. on a Thursday night in 
late spring. As Columbia students 
gather for conversation at the East 
Lake apartment of Robert and Jenny 
Alexander, the doorbell rings. Two 
young children, who also live in the 
Villages of East Lake, are at the door. 
They are seeking a Band-Aid and 
cookies. Robert and Jenny attend to 
both wishes, and the children leave 
with smiles, while those gathered 
have seen an example of a loving, 
caring community where neighbors 
help one another. 

This is only one example of the 
ministry that Columbia students 
have helped to create at the Villages 
of East Lake. Project BUTLER 
(Building Unity Through Love and 
Energizing Recreation) began as an 
after school program ministering to 
children and youth of the East Lake 
neighborhood. 

Tom Cousins, an Atlanta develop- 
er, and his wife Ann, a member of 
Columbia's Board of Trustees, funded 
the redevelopment of East Lake. What 
had been a beleaguered, inner-city 
housing project is now a mixed-income 
community focusing on spiritual and 
economic growth. 

Prior to Columbia's renovation of 
Florida Hall, the seminary sought a 
creative way to provide students with 
alternative housing opportunities. 
The East Lake apartments provided 
suitable housing, as well as potential 
ministry opportunities. It is from this 
background that Project BUTLER 
was born. 

Students and spouses moved into 
the East Lake apartments and began to 
develop a community-based ministry. 
In addition, new faculty member 



Rodger Nishioka, associate professor 
of Christian education, has moved 
into the East Lake community. "The 
grace of God opened many doors and 
windows to this ministry," says Phil 
Gehman '68, dean of students. "The 
seminary is deeply grateful to the 
members of the seminary community 
for trying something unknown and 
doing such a good job." 

Last year, the East Lake students 
spoke before the Student Life 
Committee of the Board of Trustees 
to encourage them to continue the 
program, even with Florida Hall 
reopening. The response was over- 
whelmingly positive to continue 
Columbia's presence in and commit- 
ment to this community. Now, with 
students living at East Lake for the 
second year, Columbia has again 
renewed its commitment to house 
students in three of East Lake's 
residential dwellings. 

Each Tuesday afternoon, adult 
volunteers and approximately 25 
children gather to eat, leam, worship, 
and play together in a safe environ- 
ment. All of these activities give the 
participants a sense that they have 
many things in common. 

"The children want to be loved, 
and we're there to do it," said Robert 
Alexander '00. The program empha- 
sizes building relationships with one 
another, mutual respect, and leader- 
ship The children participate in 
group-building games, enjoy poetry 
readings, camp out at Camp Calvin, 
and assist in service projects at the 
Open Door, an Atlanta ministry to the 
homeless. 

The presence of these Columbia 
students as neighbors has been a key 



J. Martin Sadi i r and i >ai IdG I omej 
are two of the newest members ol the 
administrative stall at Columbia 

Sadler has been named * ii e president 
for business and finance, and Fomej 

is associate dean ol fat ultj and dire< 
for of evaluation and resean li 
The chiel finan< ial offii ei and 
mum of the seminary Martin 
Sadler comes to ( olumbia horn 
Richmond, Virginia, where he was 
vice president loi finani e at VAMAC, 
Inc., a wholesale distributor. A 20 ■ ai 
employee there, Sadlei had earliei 

served as vice president, controller, 
data processing man l assis 

tant ( redit manager. A graduate I 'I 

Virginia Military Institute, he served 



In the i S \um foi two years Sadlei 
has served as both dea< on and eldei al 
i urst Pre ibj terian ( hurch, Ri< hmond 

i ».i\ Id i orne) holds the B.S In 
i h ii engineering from the I niversitj 

Ol Kansas, the Mastei ol I >i\ imlv 

degree from Pi Ini eton i heological 

Seminary, and the I'll I > from the 
i nh ei litj ol fexas I le has taught at 
the i rnii ersitj ol lexas and Si Kreinei 
i ollege and aei \ ed as assoi late pastoi 
i"i i ampus mi mi ,i i \ and mission al 
i ruvereirj Presbj terian I hun h 

Austin I ornc) is , 'inhei ol Mission 

Pre ib) ter) the Vmerii an \i ademy 

of Religion, and the Vmerii an 

i du< ational Resean h \ssoi iation. D 



Conference on Ministry 

For Prospective Students 
February 25-27, 2000 

For information or to register, call the ( Iffii e ol Admission at 404/687-4517. 



factor in the success of Project BUT III' 
Columbia residents of East Laki 
seen by children and their parents 
as neighbors, going to school, taking 
walks, and sitting on llim ba< I pon hes 
The experiences with BUTLER have 
visibly shaped the Columbia students 
as well. All who volunteer on [ueSi laj 
afternoons describe their experiences 
with laughter, enthusiasm, and joy. 

1 or Rachel Winter '00, this experi- 
ence has been part of the development 
of the understanding of her call from 
God to go into urban ministry. "It 
practical way of doing ministry — by 
providing a needed presence." □ 

Katie Rid 



Colloquium '00 
continued from pagt I 



Parable "I the Ten Preat hers; Borrowed 
i ighi Hymn Fexi ■. Prayei ■. and Poems', 
Ten Strati Prea* hing in a Multi 

Media Culture; New I li/nnv- foi the I ife 

o) the l hun h, with ( arol Doran; and 
ning a Sermon. Iroeger is .i flutist, 

I"" i. and livmnwriter. 

I 01 more information about 
I i "lloquium '00 or to register early, 
call 404/687 end email to 

poeb@CTSnet.edu, or visit Columbia's 
web site: www.CTSnet.edu. Q 

Katie Ricks '01 



WINTER 2000 



Winter reading recommendations 
from Columbia's faculty 

rani ( !r»< e. Poems by David Bottoms 
Selected Stories by Alice Munro 

The Marriage oj ( «rfw«s and Harmony by Roberto Calasso 
Ifefiify Fair .1 \h,v/ Without a Heroby William Makepeace rhai k< 
//„■ ( Partes/ /Vws ,-///;«• Bible A i l ompanion with New Translati 

by James L. Kugel 
A History of i hnstian 1'reachmg. Volume t. I oily of God The Rise oft hristian 

Preaching In Ronald I Osborn 
A Bod u i I Theopoetics of Death and Resurrection b) MelanieA Maj 

No I utitie Without Forgiveness In Desmond MpiloTiitn 

TheCommon Task A Theology of Christian Missionby M. fhomas Qiangaraj 
Apprenticeship in Thinking I ognitive Development in Social Context 

by Barbara Rogoff 
Understanding ( ulture's Influenceon Behaviorby Richard Brislin 
Calatians A New Translation with Introdui Hon and ( ommentary (Anchor Bible) 

by J Louis Martyn 
Theological Issues in the letter- oj Paul In I I ouis Martyr 
Jesus: Apocalyptu Prophet oj the New Millennium by Barl I > I hrman 
Hustling God win/ We Work So Hard for What God Wants toGi 

by M. Craig Barnes 
Bearing the Witness o) the Spirit Lesslie Newbigin's Theology of Cultural Plurality 

by George R I lunsberger 
Changing I rontiers oj Mission by Wilberl R Shenk 
I onfident Witness Changing World, Rediscovering the < \ospel in North America 

edited In ( raig Van ( leldei 
The Clwnh between ( ios/n-/ and ( ult me I he I merging Mission in North America 

edited In ( leorge R. I lunsberger and c raig Van ( lelder 
The < hurchand ( ulhu Perspet tives in Missiological Anthropology 

by I ouis | Luzbetak 
< \endei in the Book oj Jeremiah: A Feminist I iterary Reading by Angela Bauer 
Jeremiah The World, The Wound of Godby Daniel Berrigan 
Reasoning alter Revelation Dialogues in Postmodern Jewish Philosophy 

by Steven Kepnes, Peter (Vlis, ami Robert Ciibbs 
The Word Ma de Stra nge Theology, language Culture b) l-'lm Milbank 
Preaching in the New Creation, The Promise of New Testament Apocalyptii Texts 

by David Schnasa facobsen 
Trouble with Jesus: Women Christology and Preaihmg by I Susan Bond 
Domination and the Arts of Resistance Hidden Transcriptsby fames C Scott 
Feminist and Womanist Pastoral Theology edited by Bonnie |. Miller-McLemore 

and Brita L. Gill-Austern 
Living Alone by l lerbert Anderson and Freda A Gardner 
Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy edited by Froma Walsh 
luxury I ceei Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess by Robert H. Frank 
Thei Overspent American: Upscaling, I downshifting, and the New Consumer 

bv fuliet B. Schor 
/ eading Change in the Congregation Spiritual ami ( hganizational Tools for I eaders 

by Gilbert R. Rendle 
Preai king I yes for I istening I ars Sermons and Commentary for Preachers and 

Students oj Preaching by |. Will Ormond, with introduction and 

commentary by Lucy A. Rose 
Generous Saints: Congregations Rethinking I thics ami Money 

by James Hudnut-Beumler 
The Gifts of the Jews I low a Tribe oj ' desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone 

Thinks and Feels by Thomas Cahill 
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver 
Amazing Grate The Lives of Children and the ( on-n ience oj a Nation 

by Jonathon Kozol 
The Oxford History of the twentieth Century edited by Michael Howard and 

William Roger Louis 
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture m the I ighteenth-Century Chesapeake and 

Lowcountry by Philip D. Morgan 
For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James M. McPherson 
Congregation: The Journey Back to Church by Gary Dorses 
Beyond Silence and Denial: Death and Dying Reconsidered by Lucy Bregman 
Rei'ene and Interpretation: Sensing Something Human by Thomas H. Ogden 
Divine Empathy: A Theology of God by Edward I arlej 
Saints and Villains: A Novel by Denise t liardina 
Rocket Boys: A Memoir by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. 
Saint Augustine by Garry Wills 
After Writing: On the liturgical Consummation of Philosophy 

by Catherine Pickstock 
Between the Bible and the Church: New Methods for Biblical Pica Jung 

by David L. Bartlett 



Alumni/ae and Annual Fund officers 
join development staff 



Richard DuBose, Vice President, Development and Seminary Relations 




/;//; Speed '57 (DMin '84) and Caitlin Way 



From my first days as Columbia's 
vice president for development and 
seminary relations, I've formed two 
distinct yet related impressions of the 
state of development at the seminar\ 
First, Columbia is blessed with 
large constituencies of alumni/ae, 
Presbyterians, and other supporters, all 
passionately invested in the continued 
progress and future of the seminary. 
Second, if Columbia is to move for- 
ward confidently and energetically, 
communicating more effectively with 
these constituencies is crucial. 

Several alumni and alumnae, for 
example, have expressed hope that 
Columbia can keep its graduates bet- 
ter informed and involved in the life 
of the seminary. There is indeed great 
potential at Columbia for alumni/ae to 
participate in several areas, including 
student recruitment, maintaining edu- 
cational ties through programs at the 
Harrington Center, and planning 
Colloquium and other seminary events. 

Most important, alumni/ae serve 
as a vital bridge to the church and 
the "person in the pews." Knowing 
attitudes and opinions about our 
programs and institutional focus is as 
important to the seminary's future 
as is our ability to communicate 
effectively that vision. To build and 
maintain these channels, Columbia 
needs a representative with an in- 
depth knowledge of both church and 
seminary, who can understand and 
articulate the many messages and 
responses flowing each way. 

That's why I am very pleased to 
announce the appointment of James 
O. Speed as Columbia's new director 
of alumni/ae and church relations. 

Jim comes to us after 26 years as 
pastor of First Presbyterian Church 
in Marietta, Georgia. A graduate of 
I ».i\ idson College and Columbia 
Seminary and a past trustee of the 
seminary, Jim is well known in the 
church for his work at the presbytery, 



synod, and General Assembly levels. 
Last year, Jim was presented Columbia's 
Distinguished Service Award in 
recognition of his outstanding 
Christian service in ministry. 

Jim's task will be to design and 
implement a comprehensive alumni/ae 
and church relations program. He 
will serve as a liaison with both our 
alumni/ae and the church, working 
closely with our Alumni/ae Council, 
the Columbia Friendship Circle, and 
the other groups of Columbia support- 
ers. Jim will assist the work of other 
seminary programs — continuing 
education, advanced degrees, and 
supervised ministry, for example — to 
involve pastors and lay persons who 
support the seminary, its future, and 
the needs of the church. 

I am also thrilled to welcome 
Caitlin Way to the seminary community. 
Caitlin has just joined the development 
staff as director of the Annual Fund. 
Caitlin comes to Columbia from 
Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts, 
where she served as director of devel- 
opment, overseeing all of the center's 
cultivation, solicitation, and steward- 
ship efforts. Prior to her work there, 
she was a senior campaign manager at 
Coxe Curry & Associates, a consulting 
firm that directs campaigns for a 
variety of non-profit organizations in 
Atlanta, including the Salvation Army 
and Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta. 

Each year Columbia receives 
gifts from churches, presbyteries, and 
individuals to provide student aid, 
program support, and other operating 
costs. There is no more direct or imme- 
diate way to support the seminary 
than with these "annual gifts," which 
make the difference in our ability to 
provide our students the best possible 
seminary education. Caitlin is ideally 
suited to help us better communicate 
the importance of the Annual Fund 
and to expand its numbers of support, 
in participants and in dollars. □ 



VANTAGE 




Iwan Russell-Jones, former professor of theology, media, and the church, taught a DMin. 
course, "Image and Word: Theological Reflections on Media aiui Culture," in January. 

Doctor of Ministry program 
offers five approaches to degree 



As Columbia Seminary enters the new 
century, there is renewed excitement 
about the opportunities available for 
education through its Doctor of 
Ministry (D.Min.) program. 

Columbia offers five approaches 
to the D.Min. degree — Church and 
Ministry, Cross-Cultural Ministry, 
Gospel and Culture, New Church 
Development, and Spirituality. In 
addition, students may have the 
opportunity to participate in interna- 
tional travel seminars. 

While students do focus their area 
of study, electives may be taken from 
any of the approaches. 

Currently, 256 students are 
pursuing the degree in Columbia's 
Doctor of Ministry program. 

Church and Ministry 

The Church and Ministry approach 
focuses on collegial learning, which 
explores the ministry and mission of 
the local congregation. It provides a 
forum for students to read, reflect, and 
share with one another as they develop 
a new vision for church service. 

"Pastors and others in church 
ministry join together with colleagues 
in ministry to read cutting-edge litera- 
ture about the church and ministry in 
the present-day United States," says 
Charles Raynal, director of advanced 
studies and associate professor of 
theology. Students develop a vision 
for their own leadership in the church 
following this extended study research, 
and group reflection. The student's 
program of study is organized around 
this new vision of service. 

The Church and Ministry seminar 
is offered each fall in conjunction 
with Atlanta's Interdenominational 
Theological Center. (For the next 
dates, see the calendar on page 8.) 
In addition, plans are underway for 
two-week intensive seminars at exten- 



sion sites throughout the Southeast. 

Cross-Cultural Ministry 

The Cross-Cu 1 rural approach seeks 
to respond to the urgency of living and 
ministering in a religiously and cultur- 
ally diverse context. This approach 
speaks directly to ministry in settings 
where God calls the congregation to 
serve people of diverse religious, 
racial, and ethnic backgrounds It 
seeks to facilitate and to encourage the 
encounter between diverse religious 
groups and the dominant culture and 
to develop a Christian theology and 
practice of ministry that is informed 
by these diverse dynamics. 

Gospel and Culture 

The Gospel and Culture approach 
is based on the assumption that the 
North American context is now a 
"mission field." Students and faculty 
are challenged to discern ways to 
create a new and more faithful church 
through conversion and not accommo- 
dation. Ultimately, students will utilize 
their learning to enhance their ministry 
as they proclaim the Gospel in the 
cultures in which they minister. 

Darrell Guder, professor of evan- 
gelism and church growth, says, 
"I am very enthusiastic about the high 
response of students entering this 
program. I am also pleased that there 
are strong Gospel and Culture themes 
which run through all the D.Min. 
elective courses." 

The next introductory seminar for 
Gospel and Culture is scheduled June 
18-29, 2001, on Columbia's campus. 

New Church Development 

The approach in New Church 
Development, the only one of its kind 
in Doctor of Ministry programs, is 
the newest addition to Columbia's 
advanced degrees program. This 



approach is designed tor pastors with 
five or more years experience in new 
church development .mo 1 governing 
body executives specializing m church 
development. It aims to equip pastors 
and governing nod\ executives u ith 
tools tor missional church development 
and str.il> mi ||\g ,>t new . on 

gregations in the twentj first centurj 

I urthermore, this approa< li i 
ethnically; linguistically and ecumeni 

Call) Ji\ erse o\ er\ iew l>< new . hut. h 
development mission Although 
many of the students are Preshv tei ian 
c luuvh (1 s \) pastors, other denomi- 
nations are represented and are eagerrj 
welcomed 

\ strong emphasis is placed on 

spirituality and the unique spiritual 
gilts ol students tor this calling of 
home mission minislix 

The next introductory seminar 
tor New Church I )e\ elopment is 
scheduled April 24-May 5, 2000, on 

( olumbia i ampus. 

Christian Spirituality 

The approai h in I hristian 

Spirituality provides minister W ith 
an enrichmenl >>i both mind and spirit. 

Students learn how to seek and find 
depth in their own spil itualit) and 
how to use those .n enues !<• foster 
spiritual growth within the people 

whom the) sei v e. 

Currently, two events .ire shaping 

the Spirituals \ program. First, because 

of the upcoming retirement ol Ben 
lohnson, professor ol ( In r.li.m spil in. 
ality, this is a transition \ eai in the 
program. Second, according, to lulu- 
Johnson (DMin '48), direi tor of the 

Spirituality Program, " I here has been 

a greater lntcrdononiin.ili. ni.il lo. u 

which w as I'll ked by the dh ersity in 
this year's introducioi\ seminar. This 



dwersit\ is leading to greater learning 
and growth by all participants " 

Ihenevt mtroductors seminar tor 

i hristian Spiritualitj will he held 
November 6 17 2000, at Columbia 

Alternative Context Travel Seminar 

i hrough tr.wel to international 
settings, ( olumbia .r.-ks to nurture a 

I ultural, glokil mission 

in all ot its students i. lunch leaders 
.ue challenged to de\ elop the missii in 

ot the lo. ,il . Inn. h in a global i ontexl 

ilumbia • 1 1 Mm program is 
i on i.miK seeking t«> enhani e its 
further education ol ministers i his 

summer. I ).Mm Students and la. ull\ 

membei w 111 spend three weeks in 
South \in. .i exploring the question ol 
Ra< e ami Religion l he major fcx us 
ot the joui nej w ill be to explore hov 
the South African experience can help 
i'. nil. ipanta to think more i leai Ij and 
taithtuih about issues ol rat e and 
religion in the United States Spe< ial 

attention w ill be gh en I" the l/\ ork 

ol the [ruth and Rei oni illation 
Commis ion tnd to is lues now bi fore 
South \ii i. ans 

ii,n el to South Ah i. .i La from 
[une " I fulj i v 2000 Partt ipants 
will tpend time In the ( apetown/ 
Stellenbosi h area the [ohannesburg/ 
Pretoria area, the rural Mpumalanga 
I'imx mi. e and h rugei National Pai I 

Whiir tin ii.iv el seminai Is 
full) subsi i ibed, othei trips will bi 
planned I oi more infoi mation or 
altei native context coui ei or the 
i li ii toi i 'i m h.i i j progi mi. i all 
104/687-4534 oi end i mail to 
ad\ .hi. ••.!•. nidi.' -."< i • oi.i edu l »i 

i the \d\ an< ed degrees iveb ifa 
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, Rid ■ 01 



Wood leads Lilly Grant project on 
new church development 



I U .III DENOMINAIIONS, INC I I [>INC the 

Presbyterian Church (USA), are 
participating in a Lilly Grant resean h 

project on new church development 
(NCD), under the leadership of H 
Stanley Wood, director ol I olumbia's 
Center for New Chun h I tevelopmenl 

The Lilly Endowment grant ha 
allowed the partu ipants to look 
intensely at new church developmenl 
for the twenty-firsi i cniury. I.xpci ted 
to be complete in Novembei 1001, this 
venture seeks to identify and analyze 
the key factors found in effective new 
church developments in order to 
develop optimum leadership seta Hon 
and evangelism as well as church 
development strategies for the twenty - 
< entury church. 

One aspect of the project deals 
with identifying trans-ecclesiastical 
leadership profiles of pastoral and lay 
leadership. Another aspect is the the- 
ology and practice of evangelism. Also 
studied will be models of new church 



developmenl in those i hun hes ivhi< h 

h,i\ e been | mi li< ul.n l\ eflei ti\ e 

A resean h group mel ra entlj al 
Princeton Theological Seminary with 
Profe ■ sol I leddes I lanson, fo( u u 
on Afru an Amerii an new i hun h 
ipmenl In I '• ■■ ember, under 
the guidani eol Dr [usto i ( lonzalez, 
former adjunct professor at C oIuiiiIm.i, 

a i [iapanii re lean h group mel on 

oil Plans for an Asian, Korean, 

and Native American group are 

undi i] the spring 

A recently addi r< li objei live 

calls for an analysis of annual new 
church develi ipmenl Btarl tips and 
denominationa] membership staastii 
of each participating denomin.iin in in 
order to assess the effect of new 
church developments on membership 
and growth within a participating 
denomination. Trie research will inves- 
tigate 16 years of new church develop- 
in. Tit within these denominations. D 

Ruth Lorell nil 



WINTER 2000 




Analyzing your church for 
growth 7 to be held in May 



Thirty-two parti ipants attended the annual potential organizing pastor conference. 



Potential NCD Organizing Pastor 
Conference draws record number 



1 1 ii Center FOR New Church 
Development (N< I >) held its fourth 
annual conference for training 
potential NCD< Organizing Pastors 
in October at Columbia I he event 
was co-sponsored by C olumbia's 
Center tor New Church Development 
and the Evangelism and Church 
Development Program Area, 
Presbyterian Church (USA). 

Stan Wood, dire fcoi ol the( lenter 
for New Church Development, 
comments, " I Ins eonleieiu e has been 
,in opportunity for pastors to come 
and see what ( lod is doing in home 
mission through new church develop- 
ment. It is a missional stoi j which 
uses case studies ot new church 
pastoring and site visits to new 
churches — a show and tell storj 

Columbia has made a commitment 
to a center for new church de\ elop- 
ment based upon missiological and 
theological reasons. A commitment 
to a theology of Missio Dei, believing 
that the mission of Cod is the healing 
of creation, motivated by God's 
compassion in Christ, makes this 
endeavor necessary. The formation of 
new faith communities is one of many 
essential aspects of that mission 

The center draws together and 
focuses the resources of the seminary 
on the missional challenge ol new 
church development in the U.S.A. 
The center's foci are three-fold: 
teaching, research, and consultation. 

Through teaching, the center 
shares learning experiences and a 
Columbia Doctor of Ministry 
approach for missionary leadership 
in developing effective and growing 
new churches. Through research, 



analyses .ire made in all aspects oi 
the formation ol new congregations 
and their leadership. Finally, through 
consulting; the center assists national, 
middle, and local governing bodies in 
forming new churches in the chang- 
ing context of the twenty-first century. 

Participants in the fourth annual 
potential organizing pastor conference 
w ere pastors who were exploring 
ministry skills and personality traits 
particularly suited lor new church 
development leadership. Some oi the 
specific skills mu\ characteristics 
include a genuine excitement about 
church growth, proven skills in evan- 
gelism, preaching, worship leadership, 
and organization, as well as a strong 
faith and commitment to Christ 

I oui < olumbia facult\ members 
taught during the recent Potential 
New Church Development 
Conference, a prayerful discernment 
learning experience. They were 
Catherine Gonzalez, professor of 
church history; Darrell Guder, profes- 
sor ol evangelism and church growth; 
Cameron Murchison, professor of 
ministry; and Stan Wood. 

In a closing evaluation, one student 
noted, "The conference was wonderful. 
A great ministry to me personally and 
to the church at large! This is a great 
example of how the seminaries and 
larger governing bodies can serve the 
church and help to bring needed 
renewal." 

For information on next year's 
event, call 404/687-4585, or contact 
ncd@ctsnet.edu. Or visit the web site 
at www.CTSnet.edu, click "Outreach 
Programs," click "New Church 
Development."!!] Ruth Lovell '00 



Clergy and lay leaders have heard a 
good deal about systems and systems 
thinking, particularly through the 
work of I'eter Senge and The Fifth 
Discipline With this seminar, 
"Analyzing Your Church for Growth 
Possibilities," scheduled May 1-3, 
clergy and lay leaders will have the 
opportunity to gain deeper insights 
into the significance of systems 
thinking for their local churches 
Participants will also have the 
opportunity to run a church "flight 
simulator," a software program that 
will allow participants to test ideas 
about parish development in the 
safety of a software simulator. 

In this seminar, participants will: 

• learn about the notion of "feed- 
back" in systems and explore 
how feedback is important in 
the local church system. 

• discuss and reflect on the 
"limits to growth" of the local 
church. Common limits are 
parking, seating capacity, and 
program, but is there more to 
consider? 

• learn about the dangers of 
"business as usual" and zealous 
commitment to past successes. 



• consider how to turn churches 
into "learning institutions," 
churches that have not only the 
skills but also the capacity to 
learn from both their successes 
and failures. 

• take time to discuss how 
these concepts affect church 
development. 

• be introduced to several soft- 
ware packages for novices 
and for advanced students 
which will help predict 
consequences of decisions 
related to church planning. 

Jeffrey Bullock, leader of the semi- 
nar, has served in Episcopal churches 
throughout the Midwest and western 
United States. He has worked as a 
consultant and pursued doctoral 
studies in systems science. He earned 
a Doctor of Ministry degree with his 
"parish flight simulator." Bullock is 
rector of one of the largest Episcopal 
churches in the U.S. and has also 
served as rector of small, rural 
churches. 

Cost of the workshop is $145. 
For more information, contact the 
Office of Continuing Education, 
404/687-4562. D Ruth Lovell '00 



Summer Institute designed for 
ministers and their families 



The Continuing Education Summer 
Institute will bring exciting new 
changes to its format this year. The 
concept of the new program is based 
on an energetic and spirit-filled inte- 
gration between traditional church 
vacation Bible school and summer 
camp — for ministers! 

Designed specifically for ministers 
and their families, the week-long 
e\ ent will include noted speakers, 
daily festival worship services, Yoga 
classes, children's programming, 
family outings in the Atlanta area, 
morning Bible studies for spouses, 
and much more. "Participants will see 
this week as a chance for a sabbatical 
to be challenged with solid theological 
work while simultaneously enjoying 
a vacation with their families," says 
Rebecca Parker, director of continuing 
education. 

Beverly Gaventa, former Columbia 
professor and now Princeton 
Theological Seminary professor, and 
Patrick Willson 71, pastor of the 
Williamsburg, Virginia, Presbyterian 
Church, will present a workshop on 
New Testament and preaching, "The 
Move from Text to Sermon." Kent 
Groff, author, founder and director 
of Oasis Ministries for Spiritual 
Development, will hold a workshop 
for pastors on the spirituality of the 



congregation: "The Soul of Ministry: 
Weaving Spiritual Practices in 
Community." A theological course will 
be offered as well. 

While the pastors are in their 
morning workshops, activities such 
as recreation, arts and crafts, Bible 
storytelling and outdoor fun will be 
provided for the children. Spouses 
will also have the occasion to gather 
for their own time of conversation. 
The author of this year's Presbyterian 
Women's Bible study, Frances Gench, 
will be leading the study on the book. 
Yoga classes will also be offered. 

In the afternoon, programming 
continues for participants of all ages. 
Atlanta excursions will be available. 
A course on pottery and Bible study 
taught by Sasha Makorin, back by 
popular demand, will be a rich addi- 
tion. Each noon, Columbia community 
worship will be held for all participants, 
professors, and other members of the 
Columbia community. 

This year's Summer Institute 
will be held June 26-30, with both 
housing and programming in the 
Harrington Center. For more informa- 
tion, contact the Continuing Education 
Office at 404/687-4562, or email 
awolanaa@CTSnet.edu. □ 

Ruth Lovell '00 



VANTAGE 



Art exhibition proves success Popcorn theology for the family 



The opf.ning of the exhibition, 
"Violence/Shelter/Sancruary," was 
only one of the events during this 
fall's Arts Week, sponsored by the Lay- 
Institute of Faith and Life. The exhibi- 
tion, which opened with a reception 
on November 7, featured works by 
23 artists from across the Southeast 

"Violence/Shelter/Sanctuary" 
sought to recognize that we are a 
country struggling with violence at 
home and abroad. Among the artists 
featured in the show were Tracey 
Clarke, whose The Death of Abel won 
best in show, and Seren Morris, whose 
Before the Fight won the purchase 
award. Other award winners included 
Paul Craighead's White Sepulchre, 
Malaika Favorite's Vie Search, and Mark 
Sprinkle's Bus Stop: Boys and Dogs. 

A number of the artists gathered 
at a second "opening" for students 
and faculty to look at and talk about 
their work. 

The week included poetry reading 
by Anne Babson Carter, author of the 




Julie A. Johnson (DMin '98), Director 



Spirituality 

expands 

partnerships 

It is with great joy that the staff 
and participants in the Spirituality 
Program share the many ways that 
God is working in and through the 
Certificate in Spiritual Formation to 
revitalize leaders and ministers of 
the church of Jesus Christ. There is a 
"ripple effect" as participants invest 
what they have learned by starting 
new ministries of compassion, teach- 
ing classes on prayer, or preaching 
about the wrestling and hope found in 
the Psalms or Job. 

In May, two exciting events 
occurred. The first was the "graduation" 
of the first ten participants to earn the 
Certificate in Spiritual Formation. 
The second event was the program 's 
move to the renovated Harrington 
Center, which is allowing the program 
to minister more effectively to its par- 
ticipants. 

Columbia continues to strengthen 
its Certificate partnerships with 

WINTER 2000 



prize-winning collection, Strike Root, 
and the short play, "For Want of a Nail/' 
written and directed by Columbia st.it t 
member Rhonda Weary- and performed 
by Columbia studentsDoris Benton. 
Rusty Benton, Tim Re) nolds, and 
lanie Thomas. 

Chapel services for the week also 
featured the arts and the theme of 
the exhibition. Guest worship leaders 
included Michael Morgan, organist 
at Central Presbyterian Church and 
author of the new Psalter for Christum 
Worship, Fred Westbrook, adjunct pro- 
fessor in the art history department at 
Georgia State University, and Currie 
Burris, minister at Clifton Presbyterian 
Church. 

"Violence/Shelter/Sanctuary," was 
the third annual juried exhibition held 
at the seminary. Images from the exhi- 
bition may still be seen on Columbia's 
web site: www.CTSnet.edu, click 
"Lay Institute," click "Programs in the 
Arts." □ lay Institute 



Austin Presbyterian Theological 
Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological 
Seminary and, most recently, 
Whirworth College. The Certificate 
in Spiritual Formation is now offered 
as one of the programs of the 
Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian 
Faith and Learning at Whitworth 
College in Spokane, Washington. 
Through this cooperative partnership, 
certificate students may now choose to 
take a course at any of four different 
institutions and five satellites located 
around the country. To learn more 
about upcoming courses, visit 
www.spiritualityprogram.com. 

During the past year, the 
Certificate partners took a record 500 
registrations for 28 courses held on 
the sponsoring institutions' campuses, 
in metro Atlanta, and at five satellite 
locations. The founding seminars, 
Columbia, led the way with 362 
registrations. As the program reaches 
its fourth anniversary, 38 participants 
are pursuing practicum activities in 
their churches and communities; they 
traveled to Israel on pilgrimage in 
January, and will receive their certifi- 
cation in May. Although the majority 
of these students are leaders in the 
Presbyterian Church (USA), the 
program has this year seen an 
increase in participants from other 
denominations 

During the fall, the Spirituality 
Program began its second year of 
welcoming Master of Divinity (M.Div ) 
students in the adapted version of the 
Certificate in Spiritual Formation. 
M.Div. students pursuing the certificate, 
as well as students, faculty, and staff 
are welcome to participate in extracur- 
ricular learning experiences to deepen 
their spiritual lives by attending 
monthly prayer lunches, meeting 
with a spiritual guide, or planning 



"Bui, Mom, iu tin- kids in thesixth 
grade get to watch R rated movii 

I low can patents use this tem.uk as an 

opportunit) to enrich then child's 
experiences with tin- movies? 

* Hdei elementary students (g to 

12-year-olds) and then parents car 
learn how to choose, \ tew, critique, 

mk\ discuss movies together, during a 
nev\ course ottered bj the i aj 
Institute ol I aith and i ife this spi 

"The stones movies tell can 

encourage i hildren to think, feel, 
question, and act/' says I inda 
Momingstar (MATS '98 iate 

dire< toi ol the I aj Institute "Bui too 
often parents and then children don't 
communicate about whal the) re 
learning from the movies We hope 
this course will pro\ ide some pra< heal, 
Creative ways to get th.it u>mnumu,i 

tion going." 

i he course will be offered tv» l< <• 

m ..no weekend -once in south metro 

Atlanta and once m north metro 
Atlanta On Saturday, March 18, from 

opportunities to engage in acts of 

|ustu .• ,in.t men \ 

Vnother development in the 
program is the naming of Julie 
fohnson (D.Min. '98) as director of 
thee ertificate Program m Christian 
Spiritualit) "Julie has done a fabulous 
job making the ( ertihN ate Program 8 
resource for renewal and discovery lm 
pastors ^nd la) persons > I 'ran 
"i i a< ulty James Mudnui Beumler. 
"Julie's appointment will solidif) the 
a< . omplishments ol our colleague, 
Ben fohnson w ho began this program. 
Julie is part of the warp and woof of 
the Spirituality Program, and we are 
excited that she will continue t" lead 
the program in this new role 

During Professor of Christian 
Sprituality Ben Johnson's final semester 
at Columbia, he leads 30 participants 
on pilgrimage to Isr.iel and teaches 
"Spirituality and I eadership" March 
12-17 for the Certifi. ate and I doctor 

Of Ministry in Spirituality program 

A search for Johnson's replai ement is 
now underway. 

I he ( erhlu ,i!r | >.it t n. i •• ,n .. I 

Johnson C. Smith Seminary, I ouisville 

Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 
San I ran* is< >> I heological Semiru 
Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, The 

( hitreai h I oundation, I hi I hri itian 
Faith and Life Program of the General 
Assembly of the Presbyterian Church 
(USA), and First Presbyterian Church 
of Atlanta are looking forward to 
hosting "Oasts 2000 A ( onference 
on Reformed Spirituality," to be 
held in Atlanta at First Presbyterian 
Church, February 28-March 2. To 
register, call 404/687-4587, or email 
www.oasis2000.com . 

For more information on the 
Spirituality Program, contact the direc- 
tor, Julie Johnson, at 404/687-4587. □ 
The Spirituality Staff 



•0i' r :00p in NUI'ouough, 

Stockbridge and hmi 
Presbyterian churches will co host the 
i ourse at Sfcx kbi Idge Presbj terian 
I hurch I )n Sundaj March [S from 
k00-6:00 pjn Roswell Presbyterian 
( inn, h w iii host the course 

i eading the event ia 111 be i )&\ Id 
i ikes pastel at I !ra< e St I uke's 
' pi k opal t hun h In Memphis I ie is 
experienced In leading faith and Him 

courses and in working with \.umg 

people and familii 

i" a; in.' that this is a helpful 
parent child experience .'\.'i\ . hild 
must be .i. i ompanied 0\ an adult ["he 
event ia ill tn< lude tea* Wn . i Ions 
n\ 'Hi parents and children togethei 
and separate a meal (pizza, dunks, 
dessert) wafc hing and i ritiquing b 
nun ie togethei and Buggi sted 
resources foi i hoosing and di 
nun ies and \ ide 

Hi*' .on. $] . pej familj i oi a 
broi linn' w iiii details and a registra 
tion form, «all 101/^87-4577.1 I | / 




Wall. 'i Urueggemann, .ihove, is 

teat inn)', ,i i ourse on I Ings In the 
Wintci i vening i aj Si hool Pete 
Paulsen, president "i Protestant Radio 
and \r\r\ ision I enter, and theoloj 
Margit I or. i are also teai hing. 
t in i'. tun c.in. ator Rodger Nishii >i- ■< 
i' hing the Morning I ay S< hool 
course on "\« >mmj' f a. inii,' Faith — 
I omingfl & l ioings What < an We 
Learn?" 

Lay Institute co- 
sponsors course 

1 1 ii i, ay Institute, with Cherol ee 
Presbytery, is offering in February a 
course, "Holy ( ommunion strength 
for the journey," at First Pn byterian 
Church in < artersA ille, ' !i 

I he lour-week course is being 

taught by Catherine ( lonzalez, 
professor of church history, and Darrell 

Guder, professor of evangelism and 
church growth, and will explore how 
the Lord's Supper unifies and noun I ie 

For more information on Lay 
Institute courses taught off campus, 
call 404/687-4577. Q 




Doctor of Ministry calendar 

April 24-May 5 New Church Dbvbd >PMI I Introductory SEMINAR 
Leaders: Stanley Wood and others. Cost: $800. 

July 10-21 

Old Dangerous Texts POR New Dangerous Times taught by Walter 

Brueggemann. Cost: $810 

Stewardship of Mon i > for ihi ( hi rchs Mission taught by Cameron 

Murchison. Cost: $810. 

Project Design Workshop (July 10 L4) taught by Charles Raynal. 

July 24-August 4 

Post-Modernism and Christian Theoloo taught by George Stroup. Cost: $810. 

Karj Barth's Vision oj rm rASicsoi Ministry \ndth Missionoi rm < hurch 

taught by Darrell Guder and Charles Raynal ( ost:$810. 

New Church Di vi LOPMl ntD taught by Stanley Wood. Cost: $81 

Project Design Workshop Quly 24-28) taught by Cameron Murchison 

September 11-13 (at Columbia), October 9-11 (at Columbia), November 6-8 (at 
Interdenominational Theological C enter), December 4-6 (at Interdenominational 
rheologicaK enter) < Hi rchand Ministry Introimk ioky Seminar 
i eaders: Charles Raj nal and Steve Rasor. Cost: $800. 

November 6-17 Si'IRHUAI iiy iNTRODl < H 1NAR Leaders: Julie Johnson 

«ind others. Cost: $800. 



Continuing Education calendar 

March 22, 29, April 5, 12 [OURNB\ W EASTER FOl RLUNCH Iimi REFLE< nONS 
Leader: Rick Dietrich. Cost: $10 each, Ol lour tor $30. 

April 2-6 CONTEMPl MTVl Rl PR] \i FOR WOMEN VTSACRBDH] \Kl MONASTERY, 
(in man, Al ABAMA Leader: Roberta Martin ( <>st: $225. 

April 24-26 WORSHIP AND MUSK [N THE TWENH FIRST CENTURA 

See article on page I 

May 1-3 Anai.YZINC. Your Cm R< HFOR< iROWTH PoSSIBILTnES 
See article on page 6. 

May 7-12 Coniimpi ATM RETREAT FOR MEN AT MONASTERY Ol mi HOD Simrii, 
ConyerS/ Georgia Leader David Guthrie c lost: $220. 

May 8-12 GUTHRIl S( HOI ARS 

June 26-30 SUMMER SESSION See article on page 6. 



Spirituality calendar 

Cost for each course is $300. 

March 12-17 Till Simkuuai DlSOPUNE OF LOVING CHILDREN (Williamsburg, VA) 
Leaders: Ron Cram and Mary Ann Fowlkes 

March 19-24 SHRiTUAiin OPLl \nikMiii' Leader: Ben C. Johnson. 

April 2-7 Healing and Wholeness in thi Christian Lira (Almont, Ml) 

Leaders: Bill Clemmons and Tom McCutchen. 

April 30-May 5 Introduction to Spiri n \i ( .i n »AN( i I eader: Joan Gray. 

June 11-15 CARING k)k GOD'S CREATION Leader: Laura Dunham 

July 9-14 The ARTS and SPIRITUALITY (Calvin Center) Leaders: Martha Jane 
Petersen and Lynn Farrow. 



New Church Development calendar 

October 21-27 Potential New Church Development Pastor Conference 
See article on page 6. 




Seven of Columbia's newest professors led workshops in the January Seminars, offered 

by the Office of Continuing Education. Four of the faculty members are (seated, l-r): 
Margit Ernst, instructor in theology, and Mark Douglas, instructor in Christian ethics. 
Standing: Christine Roy Yoder, instructor in Old Testament, and Sharon Mook, assis- 
tant professor of pastoral theology and care. 



Lay Institute calendar 



March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6 Theology & Literature study croup. 

(For March: Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace) Leader: Rick Dietrich. Cost: $10 

annual dues. 

March 18-19 Popcorn Theology: Families and Film See article on page 7. 

March 21, April 18, May 16 Faith & Film study group Leader: Fritz Bogar. 
Cost: $10 annual dues. 

June 26-30 Presbyterian Women Bible Study Training: The Gospel of John 
Leader: Frances Gench. Cost $45. 

August 7-11 Presbyterian Women Bible Study Training II: The Gospel of John 
Leader: TBA. Cost $45. 

August 7-11 Summer Lay Scholars: Introduction to "Christology": 
How We Know Jesus, the Christ Leader: Douglas F. Ottati. Cost $175, plus 
room and board. 

August 11-12 Presbyterian Women Bible Study Weekend: The Gospel of John 
Leader: Linda Morningstar. Cost $30. 

August 18-19 Presbyterian Women Bible Study Weekend II: The Gospel of 
John Leader: Linda Morningstar. Cost $30. 



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A "Preaching and Pizza" night at Columbia 

Preaching class brings area 
youth to campus 



During the fall semester at Columbia, 
a new course was taught by Anna 
Carter Florence, instructor in preaching 
and worship, called "Preaching and 
Youth." While there is a plethora of 
information on leading youth, youth 
group activities, and Christian educa- 
tion, this class and professor found 
that there is little available on preach- 
ing to, for, with, or by youth. 

The course sought to discern what 
preaching to the youth culture with a 
youth-full interpretation might entail. 
Through readings, discussions, music, 
videos, and preaching about and for 
youth, the class attempted to answer 
the question, "Why have the church 
and academy declined to explore this 
question and what is at stake in that 
silence?" 

One of the highlights of the class 
was the opportunity that students 
were given to preach for Atlanta area 
youth. On two consecutive Sunday 
evenings, the class members gathered 
with a number of youth for a pizza 
supper first and then to preach for the 
youth and immediately receive their 
feedback on the sermons. The 
"Preaching and Pizza" events were 
helpful for the class members and 



were also well received by the youth. 

"I'm glad that they asked us to 
come here. Most of the sermons that 
I hear don't apply to me. These were 
cool tonight, though. I hope that 
these seminary students will continue 
to preach like this in the future. They 
made hearing about God exciting," 
commented one area high school 
participant. 

Professor Florence said, "One oi 
the church's primary concerns in 
every age has been the question of 
how to reach youth with the gospel. 
The exciting thing for me about this 
class was to see how committed these 
Columbia students are to finding new 
models for our church and for the 
preaching field. They see that when 
you take seriously the gifts, needs, 
and contextual hermeneutics which 
our young people bring to the 
ministry of proclamation, you can't 
simply add an illustration or two 
about teenagers to your sermon and 
expect to solve the problem. This 
class was truly a communal work in 
progress. It prompted each of us to 
rethink some of our assumptions 
about preaching." D Ruth Lovell '00 



ORDs scores exceed national 
a verage . . . again 



Columbia students taking the 
Presbyterian Church (USA) ordination 
exams in September 1999 continued 
the Columbia trend of exceeding the 
national passing rate. For at least the 
past 10 years, students have surpassed 
this benchmark by four to 14 percent. 
This year, students exceeded the denom- 
inational passing rate by 12 percent in 
the four exams: Biblical exegesis, 
theological competence, worship and 
sacraments, and church polity. 

Phil Gehman '68, dean of students, 
attributes this success to several factors. 
First, Columbia continues to attract 



highly qualified students. Second, 
these students network with and help, 
encourage, and support each other 
by studying in small groups. Third, 
Columbia's faculty is extraordinarily 
willing to support and encourage 
students through individual and 
group preparatory sessions. Finally, 
the Columbia Master of Divinity 
curriculum prepares students to do 
well on the exams. 

Success is based upon strong stu- 
dents and faculty and a community 
which sustains the students through- 
out the process. □ Katie Ricks '01 



Beth Johnson is the first professoi to hold the I 1 )avison Philips I hah oj New 
Testament The chair, which honors Philips /> Columbia's sixth president was 

established In/ gift*, from individuals and I irst Presbyterian i hut, h \tlanta 




\roup, right, is tin- nor j /; i Wei n Profi moi oj '•!/ \tematii Theology With him 
/s Shirley Guthrie, former holdei ofthechaii and professoi at I olumbia for 40 years 

ProfeSSO) StrOUp is Current h/ participating in a i/ftii long .i-miuai on '■■in and 

Redemption in Reformed Theology" as part of the Institute fo\ Reformed Theology at 
Union theological Seminary in Virginia Hegaveapublu lecture at Union on 
"Before I )od \ I risis in Sin and Redemption" m i 



Lucy Rose's sermons printed 



LUCY Rosi was a professor of preach- 
ing at Columbia for 14 years prior to 
her death from cancer in July 1997. 
Before coming to Columbia, she 
served as pastor of Presbyten.in 
churches for eight years in North 
Carolina. The sermons, compiled in 
the book, Speak, Lord, I'm Listening: 
Devotional Messagi to I trip Van linn 
God Speaking in Scripture, were com- 
posed and delivered by Rose during 
the 22 years of her ministerial career 
"Most of these sermons deal with 



one or more of the Btories Ol the liible. 
Lucy's favorite method w.is to retell 
tin biblical narrath < asking all the 

while, 'Where .ire you; Where am I 
in this story; What w.i ( .<><l \-iying to 
the characters in this narrative or to 
the participants in this event; What is 
lying to you and me through this 
record?'" (Preface, Speak, I ord, I'm 
I i tening). 

Books may be purchased from 
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form on page 1 1. D 



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Jane Fahey '01 has been elected to the 
Presbyterian Church (USA) ( leneral 
Assembly (GA) Permanent Judicial 
Commission. She will serve •> 1 1 v . yeai 
term BradSmith'89(I)Min '99), 
associate pastor of the Spring Valle) 
church, Columbia, SC, has bi 
presented the Royal < >rder ot the 
Palmetto, the highest citizenship 
award presented by the state, by tin- 
governor of South Carolina tor Smitl 
successful Souper Howl .'I ( aring. 
Smith was presented the Algernon 
Sydney Sullivan Award by the 
University ol South Carolina Alumni 
Asso( iation tor sen ice to humanity 
beyond that required by job or prof< 
sion ..Scott Ellington '89 (ThM '94) 
recent!) ret eived his Ph.D. in Old 
restament at the University ol 
Sheffield, England. I le is lecturing at 
the I in op mii Bible Seminary in 

Rudersberg, Germany Dan Milford 

'93 is pastor ol First church, Sand 
Springs, OK Tim Simpson '95 is 
pastor of the Middleburg, ll, 

church Wade Huie '46, professor 

emeritus, served -is ,i regional repre 
sentative tor the Synod ol south 

Atlantic at the- Theological Education 
Fund meeting in Phoenix, A7. He 
spoke to l'ro\ ideni e PresBj tery, led 
a D.Min. supervised ministry in 
preaching course at ( olumbia, and 
taught at the Older Adult < lonferem e 
.it Montreal I [e preached .it Second 
church, Little Rock, AK, First 
churches in York and Georgetown, SC; 
and led a stewardship series at the 
Fastminister church, Stone Mountain, 
GA. He and Emily Currie Williams 
were married in Atlanta on Dec. 26, 
1999. 

Ronald Cram, associate professor 
of Christian education, delivered the 
LREDA Plymouth Lecture in 
Religious Education on "The Spiritual 
Disciplines of the Teacher in t m Era 
of Shrinking Transcendence and 
Growing Religion " I le reviewed 
Sacramental Teaching in Religious 
Education, where his book review of 
Waltzing Methusaleh also appeared. His 
"Beyond Aging as Crisis: Toward an 
Understanding of Aging as Grace in 
the New Millennium" was published 
in Listening. He signed, on behalf of 
Columbia, the Atlanta Alliance for 
Health and Human Rights charter and 
was named president-elect of the 
Religious Education Association, an 
international and multi-faith associa- 
tion of religious educators Rick 

Dietrich, director of the Lay Institute 
of Faith and Life, is part-time parish 
associate at Chapel in the Pines 

church, Birmingham, AL Michelle 

Thomas-Bush '94 is associate pastor 
of the Riverside church, Jacksonville, 
FL Bruce Chapman (DMin '96) is 



, haplain ol the Presbyterian 

i niversity (enter at Florida State 

University James Lowry '66, board 

member, is interim pastor ol I irst 
church, New Hern, NC John Hinkle 
'94 is organizing pastor/e\ angelist ol 
,i new church development in 

Paulding < ounty, GA Don Gordon 

(DMin '99) has had Ins / ike Drops of 
Morning l >ew: A Concise Histoi 
North ( arolina Baptists published by 
the North Carolina Baptist I listorical 
c ommittee fhe book is the core of his 
D.Min, dissertation. 

Lib McGregor Simmons '79 has 
ermons published in The 
Abingdon Women's Preaching Annual 
Yea) B Chuck Campbell, 
associate professor ol homiletu B, 
preached at the Open I )oor ( ommunity, 
attended the annual meeting of the 
Ad\ isory Council for Interpretation, the 
annual meeting ol the Academy of 
I [omiletii s. ami preached at Christ 
< ovenant Metropolitan < ommunity 
Church in Decatur. 1 le also served 
as conference theologian for the 
Presbyterian Health, Education, and 
Welfare I eadership training event in 

I ouisville, k> Roger Rabey 

(DMin '91) is pastor ol First church, 

Huntington, WV Walter 

Brueggemann, professor of Old 
restament, has recently published 
The Covenanted Self by Fortress Press 
and a joint publication, Theological 
Introdui Hon to the ( )ld Testament, by 
Abingdon Press He gave the Reid 
Lectures at Westminster College, 
( ambridge, United Kingdom, and the 
Selwyn Lectures, Lichfield Cathedral, 
I i< lil.eld, UK George Lashley '88 
(ThM '96) is pastor of the Shallotte, 
NC, church. 

Perky Daniel '86 has preached in 



B1RTI is 

To Monnie Adams '95 and Stephen 

Caine '96, a son, Winston Rhoads, 

April 13, 1999. 

To Kyle '97 and Susan Henderson, a 

daughter, Catherine Marie, Oct. 3, 1999 

lb [ason '00 and Katie Robbins, a 

daughter, Julia, Nov. 11,1999. 

To Larry '01 and Kathy Green, a son, 

Timothy George, Dec. 22, 199 



DEATHS 

John Melton '33, June 12, 1998. 

I [arold L. White '40, Sept. 28, 1999. 

Samuel T Lipsey '46, Aug. 8, 1999. 

LaNelle Alexander (MBE '49), 

Sept. 21, 1999. 

John A. Haley '50, Nov. 10, 1999. 

I toward D. Cameron '54, Dec. 30, 1999. 

W. Winton Enloe '61, Aug. 18, 1999. 



the Covington, Hapeville, Jonesboro, 
and LaGrange GA, churches and 
served on the commission to install 
Lucy Aldridge '90 as associate pastor 
at the North Avenue church, Atlanta. 

Dan-ell Guder, professor of evange- 
lism and church growth, spoke for the 
annual < ongregational retreat of the 
National church, Washington, DC, and 
at the annual meeting of the Council 
ol s,h ieties lor the Study of Religion at 
Valparaiso University. He spoke at the 
Greater Atlanta Presbytery Missions 
( . inference, the annual conference of 
the Association of Presbyters 

i it iv es m Daytona Beach, FL, 
I eaderfest for Florida Presbytery, and 
at a leadership retreat for First church, 
( lainesville, < !A I ectures given by 
Guder include the first Jack M. Lewis 
Annual Lectures at First church, 
Lubbock, TX, and the convening 
meeting of the C leneral Assembly 
Committee on Ecumenical Relations, 
Louisville, KY. He attended the 
American Academy of Religion/ 
Soi ietv Of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL) 
meeting in Boston and taught training 
courses lor Young Life Florida and the 
^oung Life staff in Daytona Beach. He 
preached at the North Avenue church, 
Atlanta, and at the Missions Festival 
for the St. Simon's, GA, church. He 
recently co-authored Historical 
Dii tionary of Reformed Churches with 
Robert Benedetto and Donald McKim 
Guder is interviewed on "A Whole 
New Way of 'Doing Church'" in the 
December '99 issue of reNews James 
Hudnut-Beumler, dean of faculty and 
professor of religion and culture, led a 
stewardship workshop for Flint River 
Presbytery. He convened a meeting 
of scholars at the AAR meeting to 
explore the ways historical research 
about the visual and material cultures 
of American Christianity might find 
their way into seminary and college 

teaching David Jones '88 is pastor 

of Harpeth, TN, church Thomas 

Rains '88 (DMin '98) is working with 
the Alabama Council on Economic 

Education in Birmingham Tim 

Arnold '97 is pastor of the Lowell, 
NC, church Rebecca Parker, direc- 
tor of continuing education, taught an 
Advent Sunday school class at St. 
Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. 

Robert Ramey, professor emeritus, 
has written The Dynamic Congregation 

A Manual for Energizing Your Church 

Beth Grimshaw '97 is associate 
pastor for children, youth, and 
family ministries at the Haslett, Ml, 
Community Church, United Church 
of Christ ...Christopher Price '79 
(ThM '98), pastor of the St. Luke's 
church, Dunwoody, GA, has had an 
article published in Journal of 

Psychology and Christianity John 

Bartholomew, board member, recently 
retired as the Synod of South Atlantic 

executive Betsy Steier (DMin '02) is 

host of a television show, Angels in 
Our Midst, which focuses on the good 
deeds, courage, and faith of community 
members on the Treasure Coast of 
Florida. The show grew out of her 



role as a volunteer chaplain for the 

Port St. Lucie police department 

Anna Carter Florence, instructor in 
preaching and worship, preached for 
the annual meeting of the Covenant 
Network of Presbyterians in Atlanta, 
at Lenbrook Square in Atlanta, and for 
"The Dawn," the PC(USA)'s youth/ 
young adult millennial gathering on 
New Year's Eve in Indianapolis. She 
co-led the St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
(Atlanta) all-parish retreat at Kanuga 
Conference Center. 

Norman McCrummen '92 is 
pastor of the Spring Hill church in 

Mobile, AL John Patton, professor 

of pastoral theology, conducted an 
ethics workshop and served on a 
major program panel at the 
Southeastern regional meeting of the 
American Association of Pastoral 

Counselors Gary Waller '59 was 

honorably retired from First church, 

Greenville, SC Ted Smith '86, pastor 

of First church, Cartersville, GA, has 
been elected moderator of Cherokee 

Presbytery Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, 

assistant professor of world 
Christianity, was speaker at the annual 
retreat of Second church, Nashville, 
TN, on global mission and local con- 
gregations. He lectured at the tenth 
anniversary meeting of the Hispanic 
Summer Program and taught a class 
for a course at Candler Divinity 
School on "Missiology at the Borders: 
Mission Through Hispanic Eyes.".... 
Mark Jumper '78 was promoted to 
commander in the U.S. Navy Chaplaijrj 
Corps. He was elected moderator of 
the Presbytery of Florida, Evangelical 
Presbyterian Church and continues 
as district chaplain for the Seventh 

Coast Guard District in Miami, FL 

Douglas McLeroy (ThM '90) is a 
Presbyterian chaplain at Fort 
Campbell, TN-KY.....Gary Barber '58 
is interim pastor at Chapel in the 
Grove, Lakeland, FL. 

Mary Jane Cornell '81, pastor of 
Druid Hills church, Atlanta, was 

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elected moderator of Greater Atlanta 
Presbytery..... Paige McRight (DMin '02) 
is presbyter for leader development 

for Charlotte Presbytery Beth 

Johnson, professor of New Testament, 
taught a five-week adult course on 
Families and Family Values in the 
New Testament at the Druid Hills 
church, Atlanta; a five-week course on 
Mark at First church, Atlanta; and a 
five-week course on Matthew at 
Central church, Atlanta. She attended 
the SBL meeting, where she presided 

at two sessions Stan Wood, director 

of the Center for New Church 
Development (NCD), spoke at the 
African American NCD Conference 
at Interdenominational Theological 
Seminary and at a church growth 
seminar, Boone, NC, United Methodist 
Church. He preached at First church, 
Gainesville, GA. He commissioned lay 
pastors for an NCD meeting with four 
southern California presbyteries and 
conducted a planning session with 
these presbyteries. Wood spoke on 
evangelism and church development 
and provided consultation on church 
growth at the Greater Chattanooga 



and Cleveland ministry area consulta- 
tion for East Tennessee Presb) ten 1 le 
served as a consultant on NCD foi 
Western Colorado Presb) tery and led 
a congregational leadership retreat to, 
Central, New 1 lope, and Trinit\ 
churches m Chattanooga, TN Wood 
also attended the Lilly Grant NCD 
Twenty-First Centu i \ Meeting in Las 
Vegas, NV. 

C. Benton Kline, president emeri- 
tus and adjunct professor of theology; 
took part in elder training at North 
Decatur church, Decatur, GA, an ordi- 
nation service, and two installatit 
...J. Will Ormond '43, professor 
emeritus, took part in an ordination 
service at North A\ enue church, 
Atlanta Kathleen O'Connor, profes- 
sor of Old Testament, spoke to the 
Sheppards and Lapsley Presbytci \ 
and the Presbyterian Women's Circle, 
First church, Atlanta. She led a retreal 
for St. Thomas Moore Parish, Decatur, 
GA. Her article, "Speak Tenderly to 
Jerusalem: Second Isaiah's Reception 
and Use of Daughter Zion, " was pub- 
lished in Princeton Seminary Bulletin 
and a book review in Catholic Biblical 

Quarterly Timothy Olds '86 is pastor 

of First church, Lehigh Acres, FL 

Erskine Clarke '66, professor of 



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American religious histor\ prea. lied 
tor the Huguenot Sotiet) ol South 
I arolina m the I rent h Re 

Church in Charleston The occasion 

was the anniversar) ol the revocation 

ot the 1 diet of Nantes I le taught 

Sundaj school and preai hed .it the 

C o\ mgton, GA, church. I le is editor of 

Journal for Preat h 

Bill Harkins, instnu toi In pastoral 
i .n,' and theolog) was r» entl) named 
to the ad\ isorj panel ot the I morj 
Healthcare System and attended the 

quarterly meeting as tin- ieptvxenlati\ e 
from Columbia. He attended the 
regional \\l\ meeting at Kanu 
NC. He has been granted postulant J 
status m the I piscopal i tiocese ot 

Atlanta. Harkins has begun the I 0101 J 
Psychoanalytic [raining Program, a 

three-year course ol training .hi, I 

study. He ran in the Peat htree l 't\ 
1 i \ I5K race and finished fifth In Ins 
age group Cameron Murchison, 
professor of ministry, taught i hun h 
& hool class at Central * hun h. Atlanta, 
participated in the meeting ol 
AAR/SBL in Boston and met in 
Louisville, KY, for the PC(USA) G \ 
joint Task Force meeting to deal with 

210th GA's encouragement to i ml 

tees on ministry, committees on prepa 
ration, and seminaries thai the) 
address the theolog) ol stewardship, 

fiduciary responsibilities, and personal 
financial management as integral 
■ i | >ects of preparation lot ministry. 

He preached at Florida Presbyterian 

I lome, Lakeland, II Julian Craig '53 

is interim pastor at We-. I mm-. In I hurch, 

Charleston, SC Charles Evans '78 

has been appointed by the PC(1 S A) 

Mission Board to ser\ e as a tea< hei iii 

.1 C hristian school in Dushanbe, 

[ajikistan, for three years Charles 

Parker Wright (DMin '86) In been 
chosen as the new chaplain «»i the 
U.S. House of Representatives Julia 
Wiley '97 is pastor of Faith chun k 
Canton, ( , A 

Walk Jones (DMin '98) is on the 
staff of the I'C(USA) Foundation 
Christine Roy Yoder, instrut toi i" I 'Id 
testament, t elebrated i ommunion .it 
< alvin Covenant church, Macon, (,A, 
led .i dis< ussion on stewardship 
at North Decatur chun h, I >e< atur, 
GA, and attended an Assoc iation ol 
Theological Schools ( onference i<" 
newly-appointed faculty in Pittsburgh, 

also led a retreal tor the 

Presbyterian Women of Central 

Florida Presbytery in Daytona Beau ii 

and attended the AAK/SBI meel 

in Boston Phil Gehman '68, dean 

of students and vice president lor 
student life, served as a workshop 
leader for New Harmony Presbyl* 
I l.umonyfest '99, chaired .i meeting 



ot the i\ (US \) i ntrance into Pastoral 

MinistiN Workgroup in I >allas, IX, 

and I'M iu ipated in .) meeting ol the 
placement officers oJ the P< (1 
seminaries in I ouis\ ille, KN George 
stump professor ot theolt 

hed -it the Hew nan ( . \ ( hun ii 
Eta k Spring i hun h Atlanta I ! \ 
■ i inn, I. i. ,i md 

First* inn' h I \i ....Walt 

(ennyson '93 received the s. I \i 

■ e .ii t nion I heologit al Seminar) 
New York.., Gene Lassiter 72 is 
oi "i i n .i , inn, ii I .in monl VVV. 
Hill Goforth 'hi is honorabl) retired 
from the i airmounl i inn, h Bristol 

IN I le is sei \ Ing as stated supply 

at Magill Memoi ial > hun ii Roan 

Mount. mi, | N Ernestine Cole, 

assoi late dean ol students preai hed 
at /ion \ii isionai \ Baptist ( hun i> 
fat kson 1 1 v and at I tillside < hun h 
i d i atui 1 1 \ she attended the meel 
in>-, oi the Presbj terian I lealth 
Network m Chicago. * ole • ondui ted 
in officers training workshop toi 
I lillslde i hun i> and sei \ ed on the 
de Ign and leadership team ol I Ireatei 
Atlanta Presb) tei \ foi .i training e^ enl 

loi i lei ks ol BeSSil m 

Jellreys Mitchiner (I )Mm '86) Is 

pastoi "i i ni\ ersit) i inn. h I I Past i 

I \ [ohn Law '60 is honorabl) 

retired as ex© nth e presb) tei and 
itated i lei b <>i Savannah Presb) iery 

Vic Varkonyi '76 is pastoi .ii I b ll 

> hun I' I." om.i, WA Bill Havens 

'70 Is pastoi oi the Southminsti i 
church/ Spi Ingfleld, M< ). fames 
Frazier '59 is honorably retired from 

i us i < bun ii. Sparta i NC Thomas 

Tidwell '60 Is hon< irabl) retired from 
Florida I'" I s.mdra Edwards 

'88 is .Inr. loi ol the Mm' -in \ m i. 1 1. in 

Mmisti ie Pn ''.'.i.iin .ii m> < oi mi, i 
Seminary Roland Perdue S9 is 
Interim pastoi -ii the Idlewild i hurt ii, 

Memphis^ IN Amos Hood 

(DMin'89) Is pastoi al the I I winir 
Memorial <. hurch, M< < omb, MB 
James Banbury '71 is int< i nn ,il 
' ovenanl i hun I). Winston Salem, 

NC Lowell Sykes '59 |g honorabl) 

n 'in., i in un Rh ei monl i hun k 

I \ i" hburg, VA Raye Jones '91 

ii >Min 99 i i pastorofOld Waxhaw 
and i ii/. ill i hun ii<-., vv.i ■ haw, \< 
Walter Peters 78 Is pastoi ol I irst 

i hun li, Westminster, Ml) Vanessa 

Potter '93 is pa .i< trol i' init) i hurt i». 
M. mil. ill in I- S l.eighton Culler 

I I 'Mm HK) is interim at Shallowfl ird 

i hun ii, Mo i- •'• iii<', M( Patricia 
Bacon '88 is pastt " Ol the ( .«l v - ary 
i hun Ii, \'.li« \ illc, \< Paul Brokaw 
'98 i of the i lopeweU i hurt tv 

Florence ' Jeff Hutcheson '91 
i pastoi ol I irst church, Cleveland, 
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World Council of Churches event at Columbia Come See Columbia Day is March 30 



The U.S. Conference of the World Council of Churches (WCC) met in Atlanta 
in December. Following the meeting, several leaders came to Columbia for a 
seminarians' event, "How Global Ecumenical Issues Inform Your Formation for 
Ministry." Front row (1-r): Ashley Seaman '01, member of Central Committee, 
WCC; Genevieve Jacques, WCC leadership; Quanda Stroud, Interdenominational 
Theological Center student. Back row: Darrell Guder, professor of evangelism 
and church growth; Konrad Raiser, general secretary, WCC; Simon Oxley, WCC 
leadership; Don Brown '01; Shaun Ingraham, Candler School of Theology student; 
Bobby Williamson '00 



The Columbia Friendship Circle (CFC) Council and presbytery representatives 
from the Synods of South Atlantic and Living Waters met in October to plan 
Come See Columbia Day, scheduled for March 30. The day will begin with 
registration at 9:00 a.m., followed by worship, which will be led by Dr. Beth 
Johnson, the J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament. The CFC scholar- 
ship recipients will speak, lunch will be served, and seminary classes will be 
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CONTENTS 

Worship and music highlight Colloquium 1 

Challenges before the seminary 2 

Profile of next president 2 

Columbia and East Lake 3 

New administrative staff 3 

Reading recommendations from the faculty 4 

New alumni /ae and Annual Fund officers 4 

Doctor of Ministry offers five approaches 5 

New Church Development 5, 6 

Continuing Education 6, 8 

Lay Institute of Faith and Life 7 

Spirituality Program 7 

Program events calendars 8 

Preaching class 9 

ORDs scores exceed national average 9 

Rose's sermons printed 9 

For the Record 10 

From the Bookstore 11 

Come See Columbia Day 12 

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