Journeying Together

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.

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Yes, and... Discerning Nudgings

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By MaryAnn McKibben Dana, MDiv ’03. April 6, 2017—For the past several years, I’ve been fascinated by the connections between improvisation and the spiritual life. The more I study and play with improv, the more I see it as a powerful metaphor it is for faith. The basic rule of improv is to say... + Read More
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Catalytic Leadership

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By Carla Toenniessen. Has the need for differentiated leadership ever been more obvious than in our world today?  Daily troubles, misery, entanglements, confusion and dysfunction abound.  National and world events on display reveal fascinating case studies of what failed leadership looks like in vivid... + Read More
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“Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrew” Course Open for Registration. Sign Up Before it Fills Up!

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March 30, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning will again offer the popular, author-led overview to the Horizons Bible Study for the 2017-18 year. Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews is a thematic study of the Letter to the Hebrews, and will explore nine major themes, relate... + Read More
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“I’d rather do ten funerals than one wedding”

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Kimberly Bracken Long, Associate Professor of Worship at CTS, recently released her new book From This Day Forward: Rethinking the Christian Wedding (WJKP, 2016). She will teach an online class for the Center for Lifelong Learning in the fall of 2017 based on the book! In From This Day Forward: Rethinking... + Read More
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Center for Lifelong Learning Awarded “Science for Continuing Education for Pastors” Grant

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March 14, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has been awarded a grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) for a “Science for Continuing Education for Pastors” project. This follows efforts at Columbia Theological Seminary,... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together events

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Sep 18
Leadership in Ministry: Portland - Session II


A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the second of two sessions in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall) but the program is, by design, an ongoing l...

May 06
Take Steps for Peace: World Labyrinth Day Celebration


Celebrate World Labyrinth Day at Columbia Theological Seminary. This free event is open to anyone who loves labyrin...

Oct 02
Leadership in Ministry: Boston - Session II


 A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the second of two sessions in this cohort. ...

Jun 01
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application Deadline


Certificate in Spiritual Direction

The program of study is designed for individuals who discern a call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction. 
Jul 31
Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews


This course will provide an overview of major themes found in Hebrews and prepare participants to use the 2017-2018 ...

Aug 07
Breathing Fresh Air: A Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy (Bethany Fellows)


This is a colloquy for mid-career clergy specially designed for the Bethany Fellows, a peer-learning community of the Christian Church (Disciples of Chris...

Sep 11
Readings in Spiritual Classics


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


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

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...

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