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What We're Doing (Mark Your Calendars Now!)

Is it really March already? It seems just yesterday we ushered in the New Year, but now Lent begins in a few days. Maybe time has passed quickly for us because we’ve been so busy planning fantastic programs, retreats, and learning opportunities.

From programs to help church leaders understand, develop, and utilize, their leadership strengths, to spiritual programs to begin the journey of deepening one’s relationship with God, the Center for Lifelong Learning is offering new programs, as well as crowd favorites.

We’d love for you to be a part of this year’s programming, so click through, mark your calendar, and reserve your spot today.


Lifelong Learning Programs:

March 16-19: Compass Points: Biblical and Theological Foundations 
March 19-22: Compass Points: Program Design and Implementation
Because there is so much more to camp than lanyard-making and bug bites. Compass Points lays it all out with great instructors and lively learning.

April 23-25
How do we nurture all ages to live out their baptismal vows in their daily lives? There’s still time to register for Baptism and Beyond: Scaffolding a Life of Discipleship.

August 4-6 (weekday) or August 15-16 (weekend)
IT’S BACK! 2014-15 Horizons/Presbyterian Women Bible Study Leader Training: Reconciling Paul. This time-tested favorite returns with the author, Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty leading the weekday course, and Sharol Hayner leading the weekend course. Reserve your space now!

August 7-9
NEW COURSE: Educating In Faith taught by Associate Dean Israel Galindo will explore selected theories and models concerning individual faith development and the ways we are educated in faith formation.

September 16
The Center for Lifelong Learning will host Key Practices for Intergenerational Ministry, a one-day GenOn Ministries seminar with GenOn trainer and CTS graduate Paula Hoffman.

September 22-28
Guthrie Scholars
will meet on campus. Applications being accepted now

October 21-23
Join the PCUSA Board of Pensions for Growing Into Tomorrow … Today, followed by the Post-Retirement Seminar. Registration for both will be announced by the Board of Pensions this summer. More info may be found at

November 3-5
Do you have fewer than 150 in your worship service? This event is for you! Save the date and make plans now to join us for Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality, a special learning event presented by former Alban Institute consultants and the Center for Lifelong Learning.

November 17-19
The Center for Lifelong Learning is a NEW location for Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops! Click here for details and registration for this dynamic, extended learning opportunity.


Spirituality Programs in Lifelong Learning:

March 8
The Spirituality Program is offering a half-day prayer retreat to mark the beginning of Lent. In The Passion: In Art, Texts, and Music: A Contemplative Retreat, Chris Glazer will lead the participants in contemplative morning of prayer using lectio divina.

March 30-April 4
In Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation, explore practical ways to teach spiritual formation in our congregations with instructor Jane Vennard.

April 24-27
This post-Easter retreat with Patricia Tull will explore spirituality of grateful care, and realistic hope for facing our generation’s ecological crises. Inhabiting Eden will be at Montreat Conference Center.

May 5-9
The Certificate in Spiritual Formation is offering a men’s retreat with Carl McColman and a women’s retreat with Lalor Cadley and Deedra Rich, both at amazing locations in Cullman, Alabama.

August 21-24
Through her writing, retreats and spiritual direction Evelyn Underhill: Foremother of Contemporary Spirituality pioneered a revitalization of interest in mysticism and the spiritual life as lived by ordinary people. Led by Dana Greene. Details and registration coming soon!

September 18-21
What does Exodus reveal about God and God’s work in the world, the experience of liberation, and what it means to be a covenant people? Christine Yoder will lead Exodus: Freedom and Formation. Details and registration coming soon!

September 28 – October 1
Curious about spiritual direction? Details and registration coming soon for Introduction to Spiritual Direction.

October 2-5
Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of life in the Spirit with Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life. Details and registration coming soon.

October 10-12
today for the Spirituality Program’s Spiritual Direction Supervisor Training, in partnership with Together in the Mystery. Early registration discounts still available.

October 23-26
Registration is open now for Food and Garden Spirituality in the New Testament with Gail O’Day.

November 10-14
Check back soon for details on The Still Small Voice Is the Sound of Sheer Silence: Contemplative Prayer for Beginners with Carl McColman.


Events and programs are added, and details are finalized, so for our complete, detailed list of course offerings, please visit our Courses and Events page. Early registration is encouraged as pre-course reading or preparation may be required.