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New Courses Explore Godly Play, Parents as Educators, and Nurturing Discipleship

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Hands on, practical learning experiences

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary announces several new courses in the area of children, youth, and young adult ministry for the coming year.

The Center will partner with the Godly Play Foundation and offer Core Training taught by certified GP trainers Christen Erskine and Sharon Greeley in a fully-equipped Godly Play classroom at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta on three Saturdays this fall. Participants may register for one, two, or all three events via the Godly Play Foundation website. Experience with Godly Play is helpful, but not required for this event:

• September 22 (Spirituality of Childhood and Sacred Stories)
• October 20 (Managing the Circle and Parables
• November 10 (Environment and Liturgical Actions)

Experienced GP leaders should save the dates March 15-17 for “Godly Play: Extending the Core.” This second event, to be held on the seminary campus, will allow leaders to go more deeply into storytelling in a retreat-like setting with time for worship and workshops.

“Parents: Christian Educators on the Frontlines,” led by certified Christian Educator Dr. Anna Brown, is offered on October 26-27. Brown, a Christian educator and adjunct professor of Christian Education at McAfee School of Theology, has designed this short course with parents, church staff, and volunteers in mind. The course will examine applicable biblical, theological, developmental, and cultural foundations of this conversation and engage in practical ways to equip parents to embrace their task as primary Christian educators of their children. Registration discounts are offered for two or more persons from the same congregation or group. To register, click here.

“Baptism and Beyond: Scaffolding a Life of Discipleship” will take place April 11-13, 2013. Led by Anne Apple (M.Div. ’01), interim associate pastor at Idlewild Presbyterian in Memphis, TN, and Kathy Dawson, associate professor of Christian Education at the seminary, this event looks at ways that we can act as a scaffold for age-appropriate engagement with mission in the church and the world. Special attention will be given to the elementary school ages of six-twelve, but there will also be attention given to hope these methods of discipleship may lead to continued progression in the youth and young adult years. For more information, including registration discounts for two or more persons from the same congregation or group, click here.