Praxis: Reflection, Practice, Transformation

Praxis: Reflection, Practice, Transformation

Praxis is one of those buzzwords that frequently appears in conversations about theological education. It also is a cornerstone for adult learning theory.

Dictionary.com defines praxis, a noun, as 1. practice, distinguished from theory; application or use, as of…

What if desire is essential to human flourishing?

November 30, 2017—Desire is a word that stirs mixed feelings within the devout and searching person. Most of us are uneasy when we hear the word as it evokes images of unmet desires or perhaps passions that are less than…

Old Molly and the Flipped Switch

November 16, 2017—My memory holds many stories from my childhood. Two continue to shape me in profound ways.

Old Molly is a true story, first told to me by my grandmother. Old Molly was the family’s only cow, highly valued…

A Heart Full of Neart

November 9, 2017—This Irish wordneartis an odd, misspelled-looking little word for a beautiful and expansive concept. It is the idea of the spiritual energy of all living things, of the creative power of God. The…

A Grand and Unusual Invitation!

November 2, 2017—An Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life. What a grand and unusual invitation. In this fast-paced, busy world we live in, we are inviting you to pause for a long weekend . . . to…

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Our (Imaginary) Reformations Roundtable, and How We Ended Up Where We Are

October 26, 2017—On January 22, scholars and lifelong learners will converge on the Columbia Seminary campus to begin looking at the Protestant Reformation. Luther’s experience of the freedom of conscience is finding fresh expression in contemporary issues related to preaching, biblical…

Five Practices to Lower Anxiety in the Current Political Climate

October 19, 2017—There are a lot of swirling currents in our society today. It’s easy to get reactive in response to all that is going on, whatever your political position. After the election last November, I realized I had to…

Five practices to lower anxiety in current political climate

Travel…with a Purpose

October 12, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning offers travel opportunities designed to educate the mind and engage the heart. Travel seminars in the United States, India, the Holy Land, Central Europe and the Bahamas encourage participants to explore and experience…

Apply Now to Attend Jazz as a Metaphor for Ministry: The Power of Improvisation

Jazz as a Metaphor for Ministry: The Power of Improvisation is the topic that the Thompson Scholars will explore April 24-27, 2018 at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus.

Designed by a team of leaders steeped…

When Ordaining Women Is Still An Issue

This will be my last post for several days.  I am traveling to Italy for a conference on the Ecumenical Perspectives on the Role of Women in the Church.

There are still some Christian traditions that don’t ordain women.

It’s…

Trusting the Slow Work of God

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something…

“What has our church been doing wrong?”

September 14, 2017—This was a question posed to me by a very concerned member of the congregation a year into my time there as interim pastor there. As happens often during interim periods, church membership, attendance, and giving were lower.

“Yes, And . . .”—Wholehearted Guest, Rev. Marthame Sanders

September 7, 2017Lisle Gwynn Garrity, MDiv and MAPT ’15, recently interviewed Marthame Sanders on her blog A Sanctified Art. She has generously allowed us to repost their interview. If you like Marthame’s use of creativity and improv in…

Discussing Church: Disability, Donuts, Faith, and Friendship

August 31, 2017—Sitting down to dinner with a group of friends with intellectual disabilities, I asked if they’d help me with this blog post on how churches can be more intentional about welcoming and fully involving people with intellectual disabilities….

Biblical Terror

August 24, 2107—Everywhere we turn, it seems we come face to face with terror: a missile threat from North Korea, a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, a refugee crisis in South Sudan, and the seemingly ubiquitous specter racism, sexism, violence,…

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