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Columbia Offering Spiritual Formation Courses in September


Decatur, GA— Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning will offer the introductory course for its Certificate in Spiritual Formation program September 13-16 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. Leading the course is John Kloepfer, a pastor and former professor at Duquesne University’s Institute of Formative Spirituality. Tuition is $300; cost does not include meals or lodging. Norman Shanks, former leader of the Iona Community, in Scotland, leads “Spirituality: Engagement or Escape?” on September 23-28. This elective course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation, is an exploration of various approaches to the understanding and practice of spirituality in the contemporary context. It will take account of the Celtic, Benedictine and Ignatian traditions and focus particularly on the integration of different aspects of Christian experience – worship and witness, prayer and action for social justice in light of the work and insights of the Iona Community in Scotland. Tuition is $350; meals and lodging are extra. For more information about the Certificate in Spiritual Formation, go to To register for courses or to download a registration form, go to > Lifelong Learning > Courses and Events and click on the date of the course or event. You may also call the registrar, Pat Roper, at 404-687-4587. 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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