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Apply by September 30 for 2012 S3 Cohort

by Lifelong Learning Staff

S3 "Magdalenes" & "Journeymen" planning their projects

For participation in the 2012 cohort of Columbia Theological Seminary’s S3 (Sabbath, Study and Service) Project, group project applications are being accepted through September 30, 2011.

“The project develops support groups, fosters skills and ideas for ministry, and offers opportunity for the development of creative approaches for learning,” says Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning and S3 Project Coordinator.

Thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Initiative, each peer group receives $500 per person to fund its self-directed group work.

Columbia Seminary’s role is to provide resources, coaching, structure, and other support to the project’s peer learning groups.

Besides their self-directed activities, participants must attend two retreats – one in February 2012 – at the beginning of their year-long project – and another in February2013.

The S3 Project is supported with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., which has awarded the seminary a five-year grant of $648,863 for continuation of the project.
Since the CTS S3 project began in 2003, 54 groups totaling 321 people have participated.

“Columbia’s S3 Project is one of the 64 original projects in this Lilly Endowment initiative,” Erickson says. “We are delighted to receive the continuation grant and look forward to working with new groups in the coming years.”

Applicants for the 2012 S3 cohort must submit a group proposal and an individual application for each group member. To see the S3 brochure and application materials, click here.

Or, contact Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning and S3 Project Coordinator. Ph. 404-687-4526 . Email

Groups will be notified of acceptance by October 14.