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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.
New Colloquy Announced for Rural Churches and for Latino/a Clergy
January 30, 2018
—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary is accepting applications for the first new programs made possible by a $1 million grant to expand its Pastoral Excellence Program. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative.
The Colloquy for... + Read More
Being Unconstructively in the Presence of the Sacred
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
January 25, 2018—
Nothing compares to a contemplative retreat in a monastic setting, surrounded by fellow pilgrims of the spiritual formation program and an authentic monastic community. Trying to capture that ethos once... + Read More
“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”
January 11, 2018—
Many of us could claim these lines, taken from one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, as a true confession. We live hurried lives, caught in the pressures of a culture—a “hurried society,” as it were—that seems addicted to speed and accessibility. The advent of the smartphone, with its wireless... + Read More
Columbia Seminary Receives Major Lilly Grant for Thriving in Ministry Initiative
December 22, 2017—
Columbia Theological Seminary was awarded a grant of $1 million to expand the Pastoral Excellence Programs offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Thriving in Ministry Initiative.The initiative supports a variety of... + Read More
Center for Lifelong Learning Provides Online Certificate for Elders
November 18, 2017
—The Presbytery of Wabash Valley based in Rochester, IN recently completed its first course as part of a new effort to provide online education for leaders in local churches. A new Ruling Elder Certificate Program was created by The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA... + Read More
Trusting the Slow Work of God
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages... + Read More