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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Ralph Watkins and Marthame Sanders connect art, inspiration and ministry

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aijcast (art, inspiration, justice) is a weekly podcast hosted by Marthame Sanders. Featuring artists from a variety of media, we explore the connections between the artist and their art, their sources of and hopes for inspiration, and how it all tries to make the world a better place. In this episode, he talks with Ralph Basui... + Read More
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If You Ask the Wrong Question You Will Always Get the Wrong Answer

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By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator with T. Denise Anderson. We hear the same burning questions as Church Leaders over and over again: How can we... + Read More
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The Celts: the people "at the end of the world"

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By Carl McColman. May 11, 2017—The Celts are the people of the end of the world. Visit the tip of the Cornwall peninsula and you will find a rocky placed called Land’s End, where the thundering surf of the Atlantic pounds mercilessly against the ancient rocks. But once upon a time, it was Ireland —... + Read More
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Learning Together Apart: The Case for Online Learning

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May 4, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning offers a wide array of online classes to nourish and enrich the lives and ministries people around the world, and the Spirituality Program offers several of these classes. Offered in an asynchronous learning model, these classes allow participants to read and respond to questions... + Read More
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Spirituality Program Participants Share: "What Brought You Here?"

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April 13, 2017—What brought you here? "One of the great spiritual longings of modern times is the longing for ‘depth.’ Some might call this a search for meaning or a desire for connection. But I think the longing for depth is the longing for God,' says Debra Weir, Associate Director, Spirituality and Lifelong Learning... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together events

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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...

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...

Oct 02
Leadership in Ministry: Boston - Session II


 A Pastoral Excellence Program

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

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...

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...

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