Moving Into a More Active Spiritual Life: the Spirituality Program

Moving Into a More Active Spiritual Life: the Spirituality Program

February 15, 2018—When we say “spiritual formation,” what are we talking about?

For over 20 years, the Spirituality Program has been an active and vibrant part of Columbia Theological Seminary and The Center for Lifelong Learning. But what is it?…

Lunar New Year for All Ages

February 8, 2018—Soon, for many of our sisters and brothers from the eastern hemisphere is the Lunar New Year celebration. I was blessed to be invited to a celebration last year by one of our students, Loann Nguyen, to her…

Lunar New Year Dragon

Being Unconstructively in the Presence of the Sacred

O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

January 25, 2018—Nothing compares to a contemplative retreat in a monastic setting, surrounded by fellow pilgrims of the spiritual formation program and an authentic…

contemplative retreat

“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”

January 11, 2018—Many of us could claim these lines, taken from one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, as a true confession.  We live hurried lives, caught in the pressures of a culture—a “hurried society,” as it were—that seems addicted to…

Altars in the World

A seminary friend, Barbara Brown Taylor, has a book titled something like the title of this post. I haven’t read it yet, but having read three other books of hers, including Leaving Church, I have a sense that its theme parallels…

Altars in the world

You Cannot Erase Light: Video Blogpost

[Editor’s note: We think this video post by Andrew Kukla deserves reposting! Enjoy!]

By Andrew Kukla, MDiv. ’03 and DMin. ’12

I got the idea to do sermon teasers from a NEXT Church conference and the awesome folk at 90…

Light cannot be erased blogpost.

Why Our Christmas Greeting Cards Say “Happy Holidays”

December 14, 2017—Christmas greeting cards are not about Jesus. At least for me.

HH and I send Christmas cards every year as my own parents did for over 30 years.  It’s an intentional practice to connect – at least one…

Praxis: Reflection, Practice, Transformation

December 7, 2017—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,…

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…

apple ripens in the sun

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…

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