Creativity As A Catalyst of Healing

Creativity As A Catalyst of Healing

There was a time when knowledge was the driving force to my faith journey.

I desperately desired to understand more about Christ and needed the “right” answers.

I became a committed student to figure out the areas of Scripture that…

A Call to Community from Dr. King

At the end of the year 1967 the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) decided that it was time to launch the Poor People’s Campaign.

This was an effort at launching a broad movement across axes of race, gender, and class…

Beyond Words: Providing Spiritual Care Without Speaking

When I first heard about spiritual direction many years ago, I was intrigued but a tad skeptical (I don’t need anyone to direct MY spirituality).

When I learned that Columbia Theological Seminary was going to begin a spiritual direction certificate…

Pastoral Excellence Programs for Mid-Career Clergy and Women of Color Announced

January 6, 2020— Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 colloquies from the Center for Lifelong Learning, part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of Columbia Theological Seminary.


The Colloquy for Clergy Series offers clergy an opportunity to engage as…

A Christmas Eve Prayer

Our Father of all Souls,

This is Christmas Eve!

There is not another day like this in all the year.

It’s as if we had been climbing for the last month with our

eyes on this one day.

Now we…

The Great Cloud of Witnesses: Four Saints, Four Centuries

Whenever I read about the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 11, I picture David and Moses, Abraham and Sarah, Jephthah, Gideon and Samuel sitting in the bleachers while we on the track are running the race toward Jesus.


Women of Color Clergy: The Colloquy Experience

The Women of Color Clergy colloquy is designed for church leaders who are women of color, many of whom are now realizing opportunities for pastoral leadership in contexts previously inaccessible.


Participants will explore and share experiences in mediating dynamics…

Thanksgiving Prayer


giver of life and provider of all good things,

who has blessed us in the gift of new life

in the Savior, Jesus Christ,

accept our worship of thanksgiving today.


We thank you for the mother…

What’s Worth Knowing: Insight for Caregivers and Those Being Cared For

It’s often very easy for us to give of ourselves but we all know that person who gives and gives but when they need help, they refuse to receive it.

Being able to receive graciously is a gift.

I facilitate…

“Being is Doing”: Tools for Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences

As the conversation around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), trauma, and trauma informed care grows, practitioners and policy stakeholders recognize the impact of trauma and transition. This is especially true among some of the most vulnerable populations: young adult women and…

Older Adult Ministry Program Recognizes 3 New Graduates

Three people were recognized for completing the coursework required to earn a Certificate in Older Adult Ministry (OAM) at the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) in Louisville, KY.

This program is a partnership between POAMN…

Moving Possibilities: Four Lessons from Moving More

“Why are you still moving?” the kids around me in the elementary school lunch line instructed.

“Stop moving!”

We had just finished some kind of movement class and I was still practicing the moves while in the line.

 In a…

Fusion Retreat: The Art of Glass and Grace

 The Fusion Retreat is a path to grace-filled living. Rendering diverse, distinct or separate elements into a unified whole requires taking notice and then surrendering our experiences and emotions to the kiln of God’s creative spirit.


“All the arts…

NEW Day Passes Available! Fearless Dialogues Conference This November

Conversations are catalysts for change. Next month the CLL will host the Big Ideas in Youth Ministry: Fearless Dialogues Conference where youth and their supporters will have space to converse, connect and help to fearlessly foster…

Montreat: A Place of Spiritual Awakening

The Montreat Conference Center in Montreat NC serves as a place of spiritual awakening for many of the CLL’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation courses hosted there each year.


This post is a written reflection of participant Martha Jane Petersen’s…