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Colloquium 2014: Loving the World Next Door


Save the dates of April 25–29 for what will be an exciting Colloquium 2014! In partnership with the Interfaith Community Initiatives of Atlanta, the Office of Alumni/ae Relations at Columbia Theological Seminary is planning a two-part event called “Loving the World Next Door”. Over the weekend, professor emeritus Ben Campbell Johnson will host an interfaith immersion experience at various locations in the Atlanta area. On Monday and Tuesday, classroom instruction will be offered about a variety of the world’s faith traditions by members of the Columbia Faculty. Participants will have the option of attending either or both of these segments.

"We believe that an exploration of this topic can provide clergy and laypersons alike with relevant and useful resources for living and working in the world today," stated Randy Calvo, Jr., director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations. Below are just some of the comments others have made about this experience with Ben Johnson:

  • "This program put flesh on my skeletal understanding of other faiths."
  • "The series of experiences opened my eyes, my heart and my awareness."
  • "It was a wonderful experience of learning about people of other faiths."
  • "I was exposed to ways I can engage my own faith more deeply, and it opened doors for me to engage other faiths."

This is a time when all of the world’s cultures and religions are encountering one another at an unprecedented rate through the internet, instant communications, and the ability to travel anywhere in the world within 24 hours. The event is an opportunity to recognize that all of the world faiths are present among us, and many of them live next door. The Atlanta Metro Area includes the five major religions: Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Muslims and also other faiths.

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to "educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world." As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of lifelong learning courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people. 

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Itinerary   April 25-27, 2014



9:00 am                    Gather at Columbia Theological Seminary    

9:00 – 10:00 am        Welcome, orientation, & introductions of the participants; brief intro to Islam   

10:00 – 11:00 am       Personal Story of a Muslim   

11:00 - 11:30 am        Travel by bus to the 14th Street Masjid   

12:30 – 2:00 pm         Lunch and conversation with Muslims    

2:00 – 3:30 pm          Worship with Muslims    

3:30 – 4:30 pm          Travel by bus to Temple Sinai    

4:00 – 5:00 pm          Presentation of Jewish faith & Visit to Temple    

5:30 – 6:30 pm          Snack together    

6:30- 7:00                 Worship with Jewish Community 



8:30 – 9:00 am          Gather at  Columbia Seminary travel to 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA    

9:00 – 11:00 am        Basics of Vedant and Conversation   

11:00 am – 12:00       Travel by bus to the Temple in Riverdale   

12:00 – 2:30 pm         Visit two Hindu Temples; presentation, conversation and lunch with Hindus  

2:30 – 3:30 pm          Travel by bus back to CTS  



8:30 -- 10:00                     Gather at Columbia Chapel for introduction to Buddhism    

10:00 – 10:30 am              Travel by bus to The Buddhist Monastery    

11:00 am – 12:00 pm         Worship with Buddhists   

12:30 – 1:00 pm                 Return after worship to CTS    

1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Lunch & Reflections in the Library

Michael Thompson
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