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Deadline for Columbia’s S3 Project Applications: September 21


Decatur, GA—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is accepting group applications for S3 (Sabbath, Study and Service) projects through Friday, September  21, 2012.

The S3 Project is an opportunity for small, self-selected groups of clergy to design and participate in learning projects that strengthen their practice of ministry. Groups will receive $500 per person to fund their self-directed group work. Participants will attend two retreats: one in February 2013 at the beginning of their year-long project and another at the end in February 2014.  

The 2013 retreat will feature seminary (MDiv ’03) and S3 alum (’04-07 cohort) MaryAnn McKibben-Dana. Dana will deliver the opening keynote, lead sessions on “Sabbath” and “Study”, and participate in panel discussions about peer learning. Currently serving as pastor at Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, VA, her book Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time (Chalice Press) will be available September 2012. She also blogs at the

The application requires an initial group proposal and individual applications for each group member. Information and application materials are available here or by contacting director of Lifelong Learning and S3 Project coordinator Sarah Erickson at 404-687-4526 or Groups will be notified of acceptance by October 15, 2012.

“These projects foster skills and ideas for ministry in a supportive group setting. The development of creative approaches for learning pay off great dividends for any ministry,” Erickson says. Columbia provides resources, coaching, structure, and other support to the project’s peer learning groups.  A total of 60 groups and 350 individuals have been participated in S3 since it began in 2003.

The S3 Project has been supported with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. since its creation in 2002. “Columbia’s S3 Project was one of the 64 original projects in the Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative,” reports Erickson. “S3 sustains pastoral leaders and contributes to the growing body of knowledge about the importance of peer learning and clergy excellence.”

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, endeavors to prepare imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world. The seminary was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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