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Columbia Seminary Offers Expense-Paid Holy Land Pilgrimage for Pastors


Decatur, GA.—December 12 is the application deadline for a unique spiritual renewal experience offered for mid-career pastors by Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Journey of Faith: A Pilgrimage of Discernment for Ministry includes a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land and two short retreats—one before and one after the pilgrimage. Participant costs for travel, accommodations, meals, and materials will be paid through a grant from the CF Foundation, through its Holy Land Pastoral Renewal Program. Travel to the Holy Land is from February 25-March 10, 2007, with an orientation retreat January 23-25, 2007, and a follow-up retreat scheduled for May 8-10, 2007. Both retreats will be held on the seminary’s campus. “Journey of Faith” is open to pastors of any denomination who are currently in active service to a congregation. Additionally applicants must be between the ages of 35-55 and have 10 or more years in ordained ministry. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by December 20, 2006. Dent Davis, dean and vice president for Lifelong Learning, is project director for “Journey of Faith.” He says, “This extraordinary program—made possible through a generous gift to Columbia—will enable pastors to journey from the demands and challenges of everyday ministry, to visit the birthplace of our faith, and to reflect on their ministry. Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their spiritual journey, clarify their call to ministry, and gain valuable insights through this journey to the roots of our faith.” For more information and an application, go to For more information, call 404-687-4562, or e-mail Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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