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.

 

When Ordaining Women Is Still An Issue

About Columbia
This will be my last post for several days.  I am traveling to Italy for a conference on the Ecumenical Perspectives on the Role of Women in the Church. There are still some Christian traditions that don’t ordain women. It’s weird for me to type those words as a clergywoman who was ordained 33 years ago in a denomination... + Read More
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“What has our church been doing wrong?”

About Columbia
September 14, 2017—This was a question posed to me by a very concerned member of the congregation a year into my time there as interim pastor there. As happens often during interim periods, church membership, attendance, and giving were lower. Often, many people who were already disengaged with the church in one way or... + Read More
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Role vs. Function: Which do you most focus on?

About Columbia
By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education. September 11, 2017—A friend recently shifted from an associate pastor position ("second chair") to senior pastor ("first chair") in... + Read More
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"Yes, And . . ."—Wholehearted Guest, Rev. Marthame Sanders

About Columbia
September 7, 2017Lisle Gwynn Garrity, MDiv and MAPT ’15, recently interviewed Marthame Sanders on her blog A Sanctified Art. She has generously allowed us to repost their interview. If you... + Read More
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Discussing Church: Disability, Donuts, Faith, and Friendship

About Columbia
August 31, 2017—Sitting down to dinner with a group of friends with intellectual disabilities, I asked if they’d help me with this blog post on how churches can be more intentional about welcoming and fully involving people with intellectual disabilities. They agreed. They had lots to say, and there isn’t space to... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together events

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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...

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...

Feb 08
On Desire and Flourishing: A Study of Ancient Israelite Wisdom

02/08/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Come and explore the ancient understanding of desire—its metaphors,...

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