Columbia Theological Seminary is hosting its annual Colloquium 2015 on April 20–22, and attendance is strong over previous years. Titled “The Church Facing the Future: Memory, Hope, and Obedience,” it will feature a lineup of some of the seminary’s most well-known and well-loved faculty emeriti. The annual event provides both clergy and laypersons with relevant reflection on God’s mission in the world today. All students will be admitted free of charge.
As a result, the larger plenary sessions have been moved next door to Columbia Presbyterian Church at 711 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA. The seminary has also decided to make one day registrations available for Monday (Walter Brueggemann), Tuesday (Erskine Clarke and Catherine Gunsalus González), or Wednesday (Justo González and panel led by William Yoo).
Walter Brueggemann, the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and a prolific author of such books as The Prophetic Imagination and Truth Speaks to Power, will lead off with his new presentation, “Remembering and the Temptation to Amnesia” to be followed later in the event by “Remembering and the Temptation to Nostalgia.” Brueggemann is widely considered to be one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades.
Other top scholars will discuss what God has done, is doing, and will do at the seminary:
- Erskine Clarke, Professor Emeritus of American Religious History and best known for his books Dwelling Place and By the Rivers of Water, will speak on “Columbia Theological Seminary: A Story of Memory and Hope.”
- Catherine Gunsalus González, Professor Emerita of Church History and the first woman to preach on The Protestant Hour (now called Day1), will ask “What Is God Up To Now?”
- Justo González, a leading voice in the growing field of Hispanic theology and renowned for his work The Story of Christianity, will address the topic “Remember the Future.”
William Yoo, the seminary’s new Assistant Professor of American Religious and Cultural History, will be part of a panel with other local church leaders representing a diversity of generational and ethnic perspectives:
- Sara Hayden ’08, National Staff, 1001 New Worshiping Communities, PC(USA)
- Chris Henry ’07, Pastor, Shallowford Presbyterian Church
- Katie Owen-Aumann ’11, Presbyterian Campus Chaplain, Duke University
- Dr. Paul Roberts, President, Johnson C. Smith Seminary
- Drew Stockstill ’12, Associate Pastor, Morningside Presbyterian Church
- Dr. Damon Williams ’12, Pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church
“With transitions taking place here at the seminary, in the church, and around the world,” stated Randy Calvo, director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, “remembering is a critical discipline in identifying where we are in the present and where God may lead in the future. We may be tempted to live in the past, or to leave it all behind. At Colloquium 2015, we will explore where past, present and future are inter-related and mutually informative.”
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