Worship centers and animates the daily rhythms of life at Columbia Theological Seminary. The CTS community gathers four times a week for Services of Word, Word and Table, and Morning Prayer. Led by groups of faculty, students, and staff, worship is a reflection of our unity and our ecumenical and theological diversity. In worship we encounter God and one another, and we are transformed by these encounters.
Chapel services at Columbia Seminary are often led by teams of students. Senior MDiv students practice the arts of theological reflection as well as the skills of hospitality that are essential to the public prayer and praise of the people of God. Building on knowledge gained through introductory worship and preaching courses, students from diverse backgrounds encounter God through this sacred work and shape an encounter with God for the Columbia Seminary community. As students acquire skills in collaborative worship planning and leadership, they are mentored by a faculty or staff advisor and by Dr. Rebecca Spurrier, Associate Dean for Worship Life.
The community often gathers in two locations. Historic Campbell Hall Chapel has been at the heart of Columbia Seminary’s campus since 1925. Harrington Center Chapel offers a flexible and creative space for the movement of the Spirit among us. At other times we pray together on the quad or in the community garden. Worshipping in different spaces reminds us that God is present with us in all aspects of our life together, connecting our worship with our study, service, and play.
"My professors made space for me to explore a spirituality deeply rooted in creativity, and helped me realize that images can proclaim as much as words."
ALLISON WEHRUNG, MDiv '15, MOBILE, AL