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.


Beauty, Variety, and the Presence of God

About Columbia
By Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics. Over thirty years ago, cosmologist Thomas Berry wrote,

Because our sense of the divine is so extensively derived from verbal sources, mostly through the biblical Scriptures, we seldom notice how much we have lost contact with the... + Read More

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Intentional Reformations

About Columbia
By Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning. I was born in 1954, in northeast Ohio, the same year as Brown v. Board of Education. My school district integrated with little fanfare, or so it seemed to me, by the time I was in middle school. I think my early understanding of race was mixed up in my... + Read More
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Discovering What You Need in the Storm

About Columbia
By Monica Citty Hix, Certificate in Spiritual Formation graduate. When a winter ice storm hit Atlanta in February 2014, it wreaked havoc on the city and prompted the leadership in the Lifelong Learning program to cancel a class on Hildegard of Bingen scheduled for that very week – a class I was registered to take.... + Read More
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CLL Receives Lilly Grant to Serve Pastors in Crisis and Pastors Who Innovate

About Columbia
June 24, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary has received a $50,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through Thriving in Ministry, a new initiative that seeks to support selected religious organizations in creating or enhancing programs that help clergy thrive as pastoral... + Read More
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Texts of Terror

About Columbia
By Ryan Bonfiglio, Lecturer in Old Testament, and Certificate in Spiritual Formation course leader. The Bible is full of beautiful passages that nourish the soul and inspire our faith. There are parables about hidden treasures and forgiven sons. There are psalms that give voice to unfettered praise and joyful... + Read More
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The Ten Best Ways to Ruin Your Church Staff

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By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education. June 12, 2017—For those pastoral leaders who want to keep and develop quality ministry staff colleagues, here are the ten most... + Read More
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The Power of Written Conversation

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By Sharol Hayner, DMin '17 and instructor for Readings in Spiritual Classics. Online courses provide a contemporary learning opportunity—one with which some of us are unfamiliar and frankly, uncomfortable. What a different experience to be in a learning community without seeing fellow learners or a... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together events

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Aug 07
The Church: A System of Relationships


Online Course

This course is an introduction to Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) applied to the congre...

Sep 11
Readings in Spiritual Classics


Certificate in Spiritual Formation/ Online Course

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

Sep 25
Guthrie Scholars 2017


The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. For additional information, including a link to the application, see 
Oct 05
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Immerse yourself in the foundational course for the Certificate in Sp...

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


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


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


Online Course

Students in this course will explore the biblical, theological, and historical foundation...

Oct 19
Holy Wells and Thin Places: Exploring Celtic Spirituality


We will celebrate the wisdom of Celts from St. Patrick to C.S.Lewis, engaging contemporary themes such as hospitalit...

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


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.


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


Online Course

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


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

Jan 22
Reformations Then and Now


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

Feb 01
Sacred Survival: Engaging African American Spirituality


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Explore, engage and dialogue with the distinct and rich African Ameri...

Feb 05
Making Love with Scripture: Engaging the Bible for Spiritual Growth and Social Activism


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


Online Course

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

Jun 04
Thriving As a Church Ministry Staff Associate


Online Course

This five-week online course will focus on the role and function of the pastoral associate...

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