Lack of Curiosity Might Be a Sin

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ‘01

I can’t think of examples of Jesus being curious (because he already knew what was going on cosmically or in other people’s minds? I don’t know.) But being curious seems to be an excellent way to help us live our lives.

  • Instead of dismissing the person so unlike us that we automatically hate them or judge them, consider why they are the way they are. We don’t have to like everybody, but we are called to treat everybody with dignity.
  • Instead of engaging in small talk at parties, risk asking something more interesting: Do you like to sing? What’s your favorite place to hang out? Do you like art? What kind?
  • Instead of connecting to get something out of somebody (i.e. trying to befriend a person who can help you get a job, be cool, etc.) learn from that person and consider that learning the gift.
  • Instead of talking about ourselves, ask questions that help people share what they do well, what they’ve accomplished, what they’d like to achieve.

Continue reading Lack of Curiosity Might Be a Sin

For the Bookshelf: Religion in the New Millennium

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

The collection of articles that comprise Religion in the New Millennium: Theology in the Spirit of Paul Tillich, are from presentations given at the gathering of international scholars of religion meeting in New Harmony, Indiana in June 1999. The writers were challenged to address current issues of faith and culture through the lens of Tillich’s theology, especially as developed in his classic work The Religious Situation (1926). Not all presenters and writers were students or experts on Tillich or his theology, and that makes for a frustrating sense of unevenness in reading through this volume. Continue reading For the Bookshelf: Religion in the New Millennium

Columbia Recognizes 2015 Graduates for Outstanding Scholarship

Columbia Theological Seminary held its annual commencement exercises today at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. This year, 63 degrees were awarded in six graduate degree programs.

The following fellowships were awarded: Continue reading Columbia Recognizes 2015 Graduates for Outstanding Scholarship

Get Out! (Part 2)

By Bill Harkins, Senior Lecturer of Pastoral Theology and Care; Co-Director of the ThD Program

In my first post, I talked about the growing cohort of class alumni out in the world has been remarkably faithful in staying in touch with me and some of our outdoor adventures.

In the midst of all this, we are reminded that relationships, often the psychological equivalent of our external adventures, also have the power to participate in our well-being and healing. While this is a narrative for another day, it bears naming that trips such as these not only provide us with a chance to connect with nature, but also with each other. Continue reading Get Out! (Part 2)

Journey from Isolation to Community

By Dr. Evelyn Worth McMullen, Director of Bright Threads Ministries

Over the past few months I’ve had the privilege of hearing the stories of a number of parents whose children have special needs. Stories of pain and stories of joy; stories of brokenness and stories of hope. One recurring theme is isolation. Participation in social settings, even with extended family, is made difficult by the effort of continual caregiving. Parents advocate for their children as they navigate healthcare systems, education options, and even family birthday parties. It’s no wonder they find community among others whose lives have similar challenges. Parents get to know one another at Special Olympics events, in the waiting rooms of clinics and emergency rooms, and at meetings to explain changes in the “med waiver” requirements.So how can we, as the body of Christ, offer community to families who may feel as if they don’t belong? Continue reading Journey from Isolation to Community

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