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.

 

Old Molly and the Flipped Switch

About Columbia
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
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A Heart Full of Neart

About Columbia
November 9, 2017—This Irish wordneartis 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
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A Grand and Unusual Invitation!

About Columbia
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
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Our (Imaginary) Reformations Roundtable, and How We Ended Up Where We Are

About Columbia
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
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Five Practices to Lower Anxiety in the Current Political Climate

About Columbia
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
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Apply Now to Attend Jazz as a Metaphor for Ministry: The Power of Improvisation

About Columbia
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
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Upcoming journeying together courses

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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

Cancelled 

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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,...

Feb 15
Fostering Personal Change

02/15/2018

This workshop digs deeper into the concept called “Immunity to Change,” a term used to describe a well-organized...

Apr 12
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

04/12/2018

Begin your intentional spiritual journey with us.  Register now for
Apr 16
Theological Reflections and Affirmations in Older Adulthood

04/16/2018

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

This course will explore theological doctrines and concepts, wit...

Apr 18
Spiritual Formation and Older Adults

04/18/2018

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

The last third of life presents some of life’s richest spiritual, theological and ethical challenges. 
Apr 19
“I have room for a second life”: Journeying by Heart with the Poet Rainer Maria Rilke

04/19/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Mark Burrows invites us to explore Rilke’s prayers and poetry with our ...

Apr 19
Christian Educator's Think Tank

04/19/2018

Practitioner educators rarely have the luxury of engaging in the act of reflection they provide for others in their contexts. Congregational education ministry can be a lonely enterprise, even in mult...

Apr 24
Jazz as Metaphor for Ministry: The Power of Improvisation (Thompson Scholars 2018)

04/24/2018

This seminar will explore jazz improvisation as an art form that can inform the practice of ministry. Click here<...

Apr 30
Beside Still Waters - A Contemplative Retreat

04/30/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Renew and refresh! Join us for this Contemplative Retreat at 						

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