Women of Color Clergy: The Colloquy Experience

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…

Spring 2020 Older Adult Ministry Courses Announced

September 26, 2019—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary invites registrations for two upcoming courses in its Older Adult Ministry (OAM) course of study in the winter and spring of 2020.

Theological Reflection and Older Adult Ministry

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Program entering it's third year

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…

Grandparents in Ministry: Abuelo, Granddaddy, Grandfather

Abuelo, my favorite name

As the congregation moved from Mikell Chapel to the post-quinceañera reception, the young woman whose service we had just celebrated said to me, Padre Bill, estás entre mis abuelos,” or, “Father Bill, now you are among…

Do Young People Want Church to be a Safe Place?

What does it mean for youth ministry to provide a “safe” space for our young people in the church?

Recently, I had a young person tell me that they wanted parents and committee’s and church members to stop saying that…

Big Ideas In Youth Ministry: Fearless Dialogues

August 28, 2019Fearless Dialogues is the theme of the Big Ideas in Youth Ministry Conference the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary November 5-7, 2019.

The conference kicks off Wednesday morning with Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.,…

4 Reasons Why Online Learning Is Worth the Investment

Online education is for those whose lives demand flexibility.

Its focus on convenience, brevity, and variety make it an appealing option for many pursuing higher education.

The Center for Lifelong Learning has claimed its stake in the online realm of…

Ministry Coaching, The Way Ahead from Within

Professionally trained ministry coaches are being sought out, not by pastors who are incapable or incompetent, but by gifted leaders who see the value in having a creative conversation partner who is unattached to their circumstance -to stir ideas, challenge…