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Certificate in Spiritual Formation Beginning Course Offered October 15-20


Decatur, GA.— Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning will offer the introductory course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program October 15-20 on the seminary campus. In this “immersion experience,” participants will study the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, including the formative elements of Old and New Testament, monastic, and Reformed spirituality. The course also provides opportunities for personal reflection through guided meditative journaling and exploration by participants of their own unique journeys with the living God. Occasional students are also welcome. Various Columbia faculty members lead the course. Tuition is $400. During the fall, three additional courses in spirituality will be offered. October 26 – 29: Spirituality, Spirits, and the Spirit: Reformed Spirituality and the Theology of the Holy Spirit focuses on how classical and contemporary understandings of the Holy Spirit might enrich the practice of Reformed spirituality. This course is part of the curriculum for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. and will be offered at the Montreat (NC) Conference Center, a co-sponsor of the event. Martha Moore-Keish, assistant professor of worship and theology at Columbia, is the course leader. Tuition is $350. Contemplative Spirituality is an experiential course on the ancient practice of contemplative prayer, including lectio divina and centering prayer. The classes will be held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA October 29 – November 3. The leader is Bill Clemmons and tuition is $350. On November 16 – 19, Jane Vennard will lead Prayer in Many Forms, an exploration of how to pray with our bodies, our imaginations and our actions. This course will also meet on Columbia campus and tuition is $250. To register for any of these events, e-mail Pat Roper at, call 404-687-4587 or visit the Columbia Web site at Click on Lifelong Learning, then Courses and Events, and then the date of the event you wish to attend. 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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