The Reverend Catherine E. Foster

Education



FORMAL EDUCATION:

COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, Decatur, GA
Master of Divinity, graduated May 2010 with Honors, GPA 3.9/4.0

Honor’s Project: “
Beyond ¡Hola!  A Christian Hospitality Project for the South’s Churches”
Christian Education Curriculum Units 1 to 3 of 6
Recipient of the Columbia Friendship Circle Graduate Fellowship to recognize superior achievement and to provide support for further study 

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, Bristol, England
Master in International Relations, graduated February 2008 with Distinction

Master’s Dissertation: “
The Christian Right’s Effect on American Foreign Policy Toward Israel
During the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush Administrations”


DAVIDSON COLLEGE
, Davidson, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a minor in Spanish, graduated May 2005 Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.8/4.0, Phi Beta Kappa

Senior Religion Honors Thesis: “A Christian Response to Latino Immigration: A Constructive
Theology of Embracing Biblical Roles as Alien, Host, and Neighbor in Contemporary Charlotte’s Protestant Churches”

 CONTINUING EDUCATION:

ASSOCIATION OF PRESBYTERIAN CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS, January 2011 – present
Active member of the professional association concerned with the advancement of education in Presbyterian and Reformed congregations in North America
.  Regularly attended regional meetings as well as the 2011, 2012 and 2013 national conferences.      


LILLY RESIDENTS DALLAS COHORT
, Dallas, TX, September 2010 – July 2012

An ecumenical group of eight new pastors and five senior pastors met twice weekly for homiletics and specialized pastoral skills seminars.  The Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal and Baptist participants explored their wisdom, experiences and teaching moments from all facets of pastoral life.       


COMPANY OF NEW PASTORS, Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Columbia Theological Seminary, inducted February 2008
Members covenant to maintain specific spiritual disciplines of daily prayer, Bible reading, and daily readings from the Book of Confessions.  They also commit to partic
ipate fully in monthly gatherings while they are in seminary and yearly post-graduate consultations for four years. 


MIDDLE EAST TRAVEL SEMINAR, Pittulloch Foundation, May – June 2008
Over the course of three weeks, thirty seminary students and ten laypersons, with the leadership of three Biblical archaeologists, explored key Biblical and modern locations in
Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Palestine and Greece.  The primary goal of the program is to provide seminary students with an in-depth experience of the Middle East, the area that stands at the very center of our Biblical heritage and which plays such a crucial role in current international affairs. 

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