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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.
Old Molly and the Flipped Switch
November 16, 2017—
My memory holds many stories from my childhood. Two continue to shape me in profound ways.
Old Molly is a true story, first told to me by my grandmother. Old Molly was the family’s only cow, highly valued because she was their main source of milk. She had many runaway adventures, one of which required... + Read More
A Heart Full of Neart
November 9, 2017—
This Irish word—neart—
is an odd, misspelled-looking little word for a beautiful and expansive concept. It is the idea of the spiritual energy of all living things, of the creative... + Read More
A Grand and Unusual Invitation!
November 2, 2017—
An Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life. What a grand and unusual invitation. In this fast-paced, busy world we live in, we are inviting you to pause for a long weekend . . . to be still and to be present before God and to immerse yourself in both the story and spiritual practices... + Read More
Our (Imaginary) Reformations Roundtable, and How We Ended Up Where We Are
October 26, 2017—
On January 22, scholars and lifelong learners will converge on the Columbia Seminary campus to begin looking at the Protestant Reformation. Luther’s experience of the freedom of conscience is finding fresh expression in contemporary issues related to preaching, biblical studies, education, marriage,... + Read More
Five Practices to Lower Anxiety in the Current Political Climate
October 19, 2017—
There are a lot of swirling currents in our society today. It’s easy to get reactive in response to all that is going on, whatever your political position. After the election last November, I realized I had to do something to manage my own anxiety. I developed a series of practices which have helped me... + Read More
Apply Now to Attend Jazz as a Metaphor for Ministry: The Power of Improvisation
Jazz as a Metaphor for Ministry: The Power of Improvisation
is the topic that the Thompson Scholars will explore April 24-27, 2018 at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus.
Designed by a team of leaders steeped in the practices of ministry, visual and performing arts,... + Read More