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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.
Beauty, Variety, and the Presence of God
By Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics.
Over thirty years ago, cosmologist Thomas Berry wrote,
Because our sense of the divine is so extensively derived from verbal sources, mostly through the biblical Scriptures, we seldom notice how much we have lost contact with the... + Read More
By Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning.
I was born in 1954, in northeast Ohio, the same year as Brown v. Board of Education
. My school district integrated with little fanfare, or so it seemed to me, by the time I was in middle school. I think my early understanding of race was mixed up in my... + Read More
Discovering What You Need in the Storm
By Monica Citty Hix, Certificate in Spiritual Formation graduate.
When a winter ice storm hit Atlanta in February 2014, it wreaked havoc on the city and prompted the leadership in the Lifelong Learning program to cancel a class on Hildegard of Bingen scheduled for that very week – a class I was registered to take.... + Read More
CLL Receives Lilly Grant to Serve Pastors in Crisis and Pastors Who Innovate
June 24, 2017—
The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary has received a $50,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through Thriving in Ministry, a new initiative that seeks to support selected religious organizations in creating or enhancing programs that help clergy thrive as pastoral... + Read More
Texts of Terror
By Ryan Bonfiglio, Lecturer in Old Testament, and Certificate in Spiritual Formation course leader.
The Bible is full of beautiful passages that nourish the soul and inspire our faith. There are parables about hidden treasures and forgiven sons. There are psalms that give voice to unfettered praise and joyful... + Read More
The Ten Best Ways to Ruin Your Church Staff
By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.
June 12, 2017
—For those pastoral leaders who want to keep and develop quality ministry staff colleagues, here are the ten most... + Read More
The Power of Written Conversation
By Sharol Hayner, DMin '17 and instructor for Readings in Spiritual Classics.
Online courses provide a contemporary learning opportunity—one with which some of us are unfamiliar and frankly, uncomfortable. What a different experience to be in a learning community without seeing fellow learners or a... + Read More