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Presence, Listening and Depth: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction

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Presence, Listening and Depth: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction

By Debra Weir, Associate Director, Spirituality and Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminiary

One of the great spiritual longings of modern times is the longing for ‘depth.’ Some might call this a search for meaning or a desire for connection….

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Reflections Following Election 2016

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Reflections Following Election 2016

By Leanne Van Dyk, President

Upwards of 60 psalms of the total number of 150 are lament psalms. These psalms give voice to my own deep sadness this morning. The presidential election culminating with last night’s results threw many here…

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Why Seminary Still Matters

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Why Seminary Still Matters

By Emily Heath, MDiv and ThM ’05

Different mainline denominations have long allowed for functioning pastors to not attend seminary. Licensed ministers, local church pastors, lay ministers and more ably fill pulpits and celebrate sacraments on Sunday mornings, often in…

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For the Bookshelf: How To Speak and How To Listen

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For the Bookshelf: How To Speak and How To Listen

By guest blogger Eryn Van Lear

In How to Speak and How to Listen (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983) American philosopher Mortimer Adler breaks down several keys to public speaking and to intentional listening in three sections framed…

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Older Adult Ministry Program enters third year, celebrates a new graduate!

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Older Adult Ministry Program enters third year, celebrates a new graduate!

By Sarah Erickson, Director for Lifelong Learning

As the OAM Certificate program, a partnership with POAMN (Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Netword) enters its third year, we are celebrating a new graduate as well. The Rev. Lynne Trout completed the requirements…

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LIM Faculty Member Elaine Boomer Reflects on 20 Years Workshop Experience

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LIM Faculty Member Elaine Boomer Reflects on 20 Years Workshop Experience

In my opinion, the Leadership in Ministry program offers one of the most effective venues for actualizing personal and professional growth.

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1000 Under 25

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1000 Under 25

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator with T. Denise Anderson

You’ve seen the lists:

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list was published yesterday highlighting “today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.” Many of them have…

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Leadership in Ministry is My Gift to Myself

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Leadership in Ministry is My Gift to Myself

By Ellen Culpepper

I stood at a whiteboard in the circle of faces in my small group at the most recent workshop. “I’m really anxious about this, guys,” I said, as I drew a triangle between me, my 85-year old…

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Six “Tells” of a Differentiated Leader

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Six “Tells” of a Differentiated Leader

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education

I had an interesting conversation with a doctoral student during a recent trip. He was at the proposal writing stage of his study but struggling with putting…

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You Cannot Erase Light: Video Blogpost

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You Cannot Erase Light: Video Blogpost

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 second sermons.  I have now been doing them every week since October of…

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For the Bookshelf: How to Think Theologically

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For the Bookshelf: How to Think Theologically

While many persons might consider theological reflection to be a practice best suited for religious scholars, Howard Stone and James Duke, in How To Think Theologically, present the case that all Christians should be theologians.

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