“How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?”

“How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?”

April 26, 2018—”It’s invaluable. It’s scary. It’s joyful. But all-in-all, it brings you closer to God.”

Spiritual Direction, often called spiritual companioning or spiritual friendship, is an intentional relationship between a person seeking spiritual guidance and a trained individual (the spiritual director). The Certificate…

In God’s Economy Small Is Not a Liability

April 19, 2018—My relationship with the small church has been an on-again, off-again relationship. I grew up in a small congregation where my faith was formed, I was confirmed, served as a junior elder and as a youth leader. In…

Procrastination, or Intentionally Delayed Planning?

April 12, 2018—Back in December, I wrote a blog post about the adult learner tendency to gravitate to learning opportunities that build upon or enhance previous learning and skill development. That post invited a resolution to jump start your continuing…

On Demanding a Surrendered Life

April 5, 2018—My book, Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes, shows how the Beatitudes of Jesus validate the faith of people in emotional pain. It addresses people whose suffering arises from normal losses and…

Exploring God’s Promise: “I am with you”

March 29, 2018—Rev. Amy Poling Sutherlun, author of the 2018-2019 PW/Horizons Bible Study will lead this summer’s class designed to prepare bible study leaders for the PW/Horizons Bible Study, God’s Promise: I Am with You. This study invites us…

We Are More Alike than We Know

March 22, 2018—“What was the best part of your recent pilgrimage to Israel?” several people have asked me.  I could say it was the opportunity to walk, for a second time, in the places Jesus walked or see some of…

Spirituality Program Participants Share: “What was most meaningful to you?”

March 14, 2018—What was most meaningful to you?

“People’s lives are changed. When you encounter God in new ways and continue to seek that which is deep and true and holy,” says Debra Weir, Associate Director, Spirituality and Lifelong Learning…

Older Adult Ministry Partnership in its Fourth Year

March 8, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) continue to strengthen their partnership, one that is intended to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to address…

God Listening Within Me? Really?

March 1, 2018—Of the many extraordinary poems included in Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet, this one—listed as no. 18 in the collection—is a good place to begin. And this is as true for those who may know little or…

The Seven Days of Retirement: Is It Really All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

February 22, 2018—Having recently retired at the ripe old age of 62 and having given it (I felt) considerable thought and prayerful preparation, I thought that some feedback on the “before and after” would be of interest to those contemplating…

Moving Into a More Active Spiritual Life: the Spirituality Program

February 15, 2018—When we say “spiritual formation,” what are we talking about?

For over 20 years, the Spirituality Program has been an active and vibrant part of Columbia Theological Seminary and The Center for Lifelong Learning. But what is it?…

Lunar New Year for All Ages

February 8, 2018—Soon, for many of our sisters and brothers from the eastern hemisphere is the Lunar New Year celebration. I was blessed to be invited to a celebration last year by one of our students, Loann Nguyen, to her…

Lunar New Year Dragon

Being Unconstructively in the Presence of the Sacred

O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

January 25, 2018—Nothing compares to a contemplative retreat in a monastic setting, surrounded by fellow pilgrims of the spiritual formation program and an authentic…

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“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”

January 11, 2018—Many of us could claim these lines, taken from one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, as a true confession.  We live hurried lives, caught in the pressures of a culture—a “hurried society,” as it were—that seems addicted to…

Altars in the World

A seminary friend, Barbara Brown Taylor, has a book titled something like the title of this post. I haven’t read it yet, but having read three other books of hers, including Leaving Church, I have a sense that its theme parallels…

Altars in the world
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