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Certificate in Spiritual Formation Courses

Everyone is welcome to participate in the spirituality classes and retreats below. You do not need to be enrolled in the Certificate in Spiritual Formation to register.  

Weeklong courses begin on Sunday evening and end on Friday at noon. Weekend courses begin on Thursday evening and end on Sunday afternoon. Unless indicated otherwise, all courses are held on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA. Fees are listed with each course. 

Scholarships are available through the generosity of donors who support the Center of Lifelong Learning in its commitment to offer opportunities for spiritual formation and growth. Request scholarship assistance.



Required Courses 

Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

March 8-11, 2015

Leaders: Jim Dant, Carl McColman, Debra Weir

Location: Montreat Conference Center

Details and Registration



Independent study; start and completion dates determined by student and practicum supervisor 

Cost: $420 tuition + incidental expenses related to project



Pilgrimage to Holy Land 

You may participate in a pilgrimage offered by Columbia or our partner institution, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.



Elective Courses

While you may take electives of your choosing, you are strongly encouraged to take a well balanced offering of electives including a class from each area: Biblical (B), Historical/Doctrine (HD), and Practical (P).


Reading Thomas Merton’s Journals as Lectio Divina:
An Intimate Way of Reading with Crisis and Mystery

January 29 - February 1, 2015

Leader: Victor Kramer 

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

Details and Registration



A Dwelling Place for God: Discerning Anew the Relations between Creation, Eschatology, and Ecology

February 12-15, 2015

Leaders: Stan Saunders

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

Details and Registration 



Exploring the Non-Dominant Divine

March 19-22, 2015

Leader: Marjorie Thompson

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

Details and Registration



Praying with Julian of Norwich

April 23 -26, 2015

Leader: Dewey Kramer 

Location: Montreat Conference Center

Details and Registration 



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