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Certificate in Spiritual Direction

If you attempt to act and do for others or for the world without deepening your own self-understanding, freedom, integrity and capacity to love, you will not have anything to give others. Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce its new program in spirituality, the Certificate in Spiritual Direction, beginning in 2015.

Spiritual Direction, often called spiritual companioning or spiritual friendship, is an intentional relationship between a person seeking spiritual guidance (the directee) and a trained individual (the spiritual director). Together with the Holy Spirit, they listen for and explore the workings of God in the directee’s life.

“People enter into spiritual direction for different reasons,” says seasoned spiritual director, Lalor Cadley. “Sometimes, they seek to revive their flagging spirit, to seek new direction for their lives, to heal from distorted images of God, to live through times of pain and suffering, to connect more intimately with the Divine, or simply to have someone with whom to share the joys and struggles of faith.”

The Certificate in Spiritual Direction is designed for individuals who discern a call to the practice of Spiritual Direction. Grounded in the tradition of Christian Spirituality, the curriculum includes four week-long residencies on campus, individual reading and reflection, and a supervised practicum. It is organized on the cohort model, and is intended to be completed in two years.

The prerequisites for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction include the following two classes from the Spiritual Formation Program: the Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life, and, the Introduction to Spiritual Direction. Please refer to our course calendar for the next dates these classes will be offered. Also, applicants will need a minimum of one year of experience receiving spiritual direction. Participants will be expected to receive spiritual direction concurrently during the course of the program.

More detailed program information will be available summer of 2014. To apply to the program, or, if you have questions, please contact Debra Weir, or 404-687-4557.