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Thoughtful, purposeful journeys can stir questions, lead to insight, raise anxiety, and give new energy and perspectives. Some journeys bring us closer to God and to other people. At Columbia Theological Seminary, occasional opportunities to travel with others for the purpose of exploring the world through the lens of our Christian faith are offered through Academic Affairs (basic or advanced degree courses), the Center for Lifelong Learning (non-degree learning) and through Alumni/ae Relations (for alumni/ae and friends of the seminary).

Travel opportunities through the Center for Lifelong Learning have included contemplative retreats at monasteries in Georgia and Alabama, an eco-kayaking trip in the Bahamas, pilgrimages to Iona in Scotland and the Holy Land, a seminar in Greece, and Presbyterian Heritage tours to Coastal Georgia and South Carolina, and Central Europe.


Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar

Welcome the New Year amidst the unpredictable beauty of God’s creation. Participants in this eco-travel seminar will spend five days sea kayaking through the Bahamas. We will camp on the islands, learn about environmental ethics, and take time for spiritual renewal. Participants must be of at least average fitness, able to swim, and willing to live “off the grid” for a week. Experience in backpacking/camping and/or kayaking helpful but not necessary. We will learn the skills and best practices for kayak camping and open water travel in a safe and encouraging environment. Click on the publication below for more details.

Register for Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco Travel Seminar here.


Macedonian Ministries Program

The Macedonian Ministries Program: a Cohort Learning Community of Support and Engagement,  is a new, two-year learning experience, made possible by a generous grant from the Macedonian Ministries Program of the CF Foundation, headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

This holistic, two-year program encompasses four central characteristics: commitment, learning community, supportive community and community engagement. To foster the development of collegial relationships, meaningful learning and community engagement projects, the participants for this program will be located within a target area surrounding fifteen counties in south-central Georgia. Small groups of 4-6 pastors per group will submit a group proposal and individual applications. A cohort of approximately 20 clergy, or 3-5 small groups, will be formed from the applicants selected.

The Macedonian Ministry Program is open to pastors of any denomination who have 5 or more years in ordained ministry and who are currently in active service, preferably within a congregational setting. The application deadline and process for this program is under revision

During the two years the cohort will spend time together in retreat settings, small group meetings, and a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This unique program is designed so that participants may deepen their spiritual journey, clarify their call to ministry, develop meaningful relationships with colleagues and gain valuable insights that will, with God’s help, sustain them in the life of ministry

Please direct inquiries to Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning at 404-687-4526 or


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Certificate in Spiritual Formation)

Pilgrimage is one of the oldest and most important spiritual disciplines. The capstone of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program is a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The most recent pilgrimage took place March 5-20, 2014. Please read a reflection by one of the pilgrims published in our Journeying Together e-newsletter found HERE.

This journey consists of 7 days in Galilee and 7 days in Jerusalem. The pilgrimage is designed for spiritual formation and renewal. Excursions are scheduled each morning, leaving afternoons free for small groups, rest, journaling and worship. Participants receive a pre-pilgrimage reading list, and participate in an orientation prior to departure; written reflection papers are submitted upon return. Pilgrims who undertake the pilgrimage in order to complete requirements for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation must complete all other certificate work 3 months prior to the departure date. Academy Travel in Decatur coordinates all travel arrangements.  Information for the next pilgrimage will be posted when available

Please direct inquiries to Debra Weir, Associate Director of Spirituality and Lifelong Learning at 404-687-4557 or