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The Center for Lifelong Learning Adds Certificate in Spiritual Direction to Curriculum


The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce its new program in spirituality, the Certificate in Spiritual Direction, beginning in 2015. 

The Certificate in Spiritual Direction is a two year training program for those seeking to discern their call and develop their skills and gifts as spiritual directors. Grounded in the tradition of Christian spirituality, the program includes four intensive weeklong classes, individual readings and reflections, and a practicum with supervision.

Spiritual direction, often called spiritual companioning or spiritual friendship, is an intentional relationship between a person seeking spiritual guidance (the directee) and a trained individual (the spiritual director). Together with the Holy Spirit, they listen for and explore the workings of God in the directee’s life.

“People enter into spiritual direction for different reasons,” says seasoned spiritual director, Lalor Cadley. “Sometimes, they seek to revive their flagging spirit, to seek new direction for their lives, to heal from distorted images of God, to live through times of pain and suffering, to connect more intimately with the Divine, or simply to have someone with whom to share the joys and struggles of faith.”

For more information on the Certificate in Spiritual Direction contact Debra Weir, associate director of spirituality, at or 404-687-4557.

Columbia’s Center for Lifelong Learning’s courses and events provide opportunities for church professionals and lay persons to learn with, and from, others for faithful discipleship, professional, and personal growth. Led by top-notch seminary faculty, the Decatur, Georgia based Center for Lifelong Learning’s offerings are biblically and theologically grounded, with a practical focus to help participants identify and address specific, real-life needs.

Debra Weir
Associate Director, Spirituality and Lifelong Learning
or 404-687-4557

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