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Columbia Seminary offers pastors expense-paid Holy Land pilgrimage


For Immediate Release

Decatur, GA.—November 19 is the application deadline for a unique spiritual renewal experience offered for 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, orientation immediately prior to the pilgrimage and a post-pilgrimage reflection process. Participant costs for travel, accommodations, meals, and materials for the pilgrimage will be underwritten by the Cobb Foundation Grant. The only cost for those selected to participate will be a registration fee of $500 and miscellaneous personal expenses. 

The pilgrimage orientation and travel to the Holy Land is from April 19-May 5, 2010. Pilgrims will participate in a follow up reflection process, which will include using electronic means to post and share reflections and extend the learning experience. The Orientation will be held on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary and departure for the Holy Land will be from Atlanta.

“Journey of Faith” is open to pastors of any denomination who have 5 or more years in ordained ministry and who are currently in active service to a congregation. The application deadline for the pilgrimage is November 19, 2009. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by December 18, 2009.

Tom Lewis, director of the Spirituality Program for the Center for Lifelong Learning, says, “We are excited to offer this extraordinary program—made possible through a generous gift to the seminary—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 an application, go to
For more information, call 404-687-4577, 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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