Journeying Together

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For church professionals and lay people, The Center for Lifelong Learning provides non-degree courses and events – opportunities to learn with and from others for faithful discipleship. Led by top-notch seminary faculty, our offerings are biblically and theologically grounded, with a practical focus to help participants identify and address specific, real-life needs. At the same time, we see lifelong learning as recreation – time to step out of life’s busy routines and experience renewal of mind, spirit, body, and emotion. We hope you will browse through our website to find out more about opportunities that are available for you.

 

Were You Scared for Your Life?

About Columbia
“Absolutely, I was,” replied Rev. Traci Blackmon when asked if she was more scared in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend than when she was as a little kid watching a KKK... + Read More
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Fear, Clay, and Takeaways: Creative Persistence

About Columbia
Last week, I had the pleasure of spending time at the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina. Montreat is one of those oasis-type spots where time stops, people are unusually friendly, square dancing occurs on Friday evenings, creative expression abounds, and conversations renew. This... + Read More
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It's All Part of the Pilgrimage

About Columbia
“It’s All Part of the Pilgrimage. . .” This is the phrase we were encouraged to repeat to ourselves as we set out for the Holy Land in the early spring of 2014. There were twenty-seven of us from all walks of life, different faith traditions, and all parts of the country. As we fellow pilgrims set out from Columbia... + Read More
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Moving Prayer

About Columbia
By Kathryn Sparks, Adjunct Faculty of Liturgical Dance, Wesley Theological Seminary. July 20, 2017—Praying through bodily movement is an ancient form of communication with God and is practiced by people of every faith expression in the world. Indeed, prayer offered through bodily movement or embodied... + Read More
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Ralph Watkins and Marthame Sanders connect art, inspiration and ministry

About Columbia
aijcast (art, inspiration, justice) is a weekly podcast hosted by Marthame Sanders. Featuring artists from a variety of media, we explore the connections between the artist and their art, their sources of and hopes for inspiration, and how it all tries to make the world a better place. In this episode, he talks with Ralph Basui... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together events

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Sep 11
Readings in Spiritual Classics

09/11/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation/ Online Course

This four-week online course will invite reflection an...

Oct 10
Yes, And: Improvisational Leadership in Times of Dizzying Change

10/10/2017

We will explore some of the biblical stories of a God who works with us in creative, surprising ways, learn and prac...

Oct 15
Texts of Terror

10/15/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

How do troubling texts inform your sense of God? This course will eng...

Oct 16
Marriage and the 21st Century Church

10/16/2017

*Postponed

Online Course

Students in this course will explore the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of marriage and consider the how the 21st century church ...

Nov 06
Contemporary Readings in Youth Ministry and Christian Education

11/06/2017

This four week online course is part of the “Contemporary Readings Series” for persons interested in deepening t...

Nov 06
Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation

11/06/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Jane Vennard leads this experiential class which will include prayer,...

Jan 04
Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar

01/04/2018

Welcome the New Year amidst the unpredictable beauty of God’s creation. Participants in this eco-travel seminar will sea kayak through the Bahamas learning about environmental ethics.

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Jan 08
Hidden in Plain Sight: Storytelling for Learning and Transformation

01/08/2018

Online Course

Storytelling can be a source of creative agency and transformation in congregational educational ministry. 
Jan 08
Your Spiritual Brain: Neurobiology and Faith

01/08/2018

This online course will examine the reciprocal interactions between brain anatomy and physiology, and our life of fa...

Jan 22
Reformations Then and Now

01/22/2018

Luther’s experience of the freedom of conscience is finding fresh expression in conversation with contemporary issues. 						

Feb 05
Prayer: Deepening Your Experience with God

02/05/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation/ Online Course

Are you seeking something more? Are you restless in your spiritual life? Join Deedra Rich for 
Feb 05
Making Love with Scripture: Engaging the Bible for Spiritual Growth and Social Activism

02/05/2018

Online Course

This online course offers participants a different way of approaching the biblical text fo...

Feb 05
Resetting the Table: Including People with Disabilities in Congregational Leadership

02/05/2018

Online Course

This course is designed to invite learners into dynamic conversations about why and how co...

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