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Oct 22
The Evolution of Human Wisdom

10/22/2019

Marc Kissel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology from Appalachian State University will provide a lecture as part of our Human Origins series. Visit www.ctsnet.edu/human-origins for more information. Join us on October 22, 10:10-11:00 am in Harrington Center Auditorium.

Nov 04
An Introduction to the New Testament (Online)

11/04/2019

This is an online six-week survey course on the New Testament. The goal of this course is: 1. To gain an understanding of the New Testament content and its interpretation 2. To gain appreciation and knowledge of the biblical...

Nov 05
Big Ideas in Youth Ministry Conference: Fearless Dialogues

11/05/2019

Looking for a conference where you can explore the hard questions in youth ministry, learn how to foster fearless dialogues and connect with colleagues engaged in this challenging, rewarding work? 

Nov 11
Leadership in Ministry Atlanta

11/11/2019

The Leadership in Ministry Workshops at Atlanta is an on-going twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program meeting at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring).   

Nov 13
Wednesday Forum on Human Origins

11/13/2019

The Smithsonian team will lead our usual Wednesday Forum in the Ellis Room, 11:00 am-12:15 pm. Open to the public.

For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu/human-origins.

Nov 13
Community Forum on Human Origins

11/13/2019

The Smithsonian team will lead a “community forum” from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Room TBD. Open to the public.

For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu/human-origins.

Nov 15
Fusion Retreat

11/15/2019

This retreat offers spiritual practice, creative arts, personal reflection and conversation to look gently within. Armandee Drew and Julie Rogers-Martin guide this retreat to deepen the spiritual quest and self-understanding.

Dec 13
The Disciple-Making Church: To Grow the Future We Visit the Past (Thompson Scholars 2020)

12/13/2019

Applications are due by December 13, 2019 for the 2020 Thompson Scholar seminar. The seminar will explore the concept of “the disciple-making church,” and what it means to develop mature disciples of Jesus Christ who make a real difference...

Jan 06
Christian Education in the Smaller Church

01/06/2020

In this course participants will explore together the realities, challenges, and joys of providing Christian education in the smaller church context.

Jan 13
Teaching and Preaching the “Forgotten” Books of the Bible (Online)

01/13/2020

This course invites participants to engage deeply with the books of Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther with an eye toward both the ancient context and the contemporary relevance as they develop strategies for teaching and preaching...

Jan 13
The Coaching Institute at the Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS)

01/13/2020

TCI@CTS is a rigorous six-month program comprised of a week of residential training and thirteen teleclasses accredited by the International Coaching Federation. For complete information and link to apply, visit https://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning/certificate-programs/coaching-institute/.

Jan 27
Theological Reflection and Older Adult Ministry: New Online Format!

01/27/2020

This ONLINE course will explore theological doctrines and concepts pertinent to older adult ministry. Using Scripture, creeds and confessions and other reading, participants will explore how to facilitate theological reflection among older adults.

Feb 24
Readings in Spiritual Classics: Four Saints, Four Centuries (Online)

02/24/2020

Sharol Hayner leads this 4-week dialogue with saints from four centuries who point us to a deeper life in Christ. The course is based on the writings of Teresa of Avila, Frances de Sales, William Law and Mother Teresa.  

Mar 09
Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation

03/09/2020

Jane Vennard teaches how to invite and lead spiritual disciplines in congregational settings. The course is practical and experiential, taught by a master teacher who embodies what she espouses.

Mar 22
Spiritual Direction, Discerned Action, and Social Transformation

03/22/2020

This seminar explores living with questions and making faithful choices in the complexity of life. This is a residency in the Certificate in Spiritual Direction; enrollment is limited to those accepted into the program through application.  Thank you for...

Apr 13
Storytelling as Tool for Change (Online)

04/13/2020

This online course will discuss the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) on faith communities and how storytelling can be a foundational tool for social innovation and transformative learning in congregational educational ministry, thus fostering systems change in light...

Apr 16
Between Nothing and Everything: The Gospel of Love according to Julian of Norwich

04/16/2020

Join poet and scholar, Mark Burrows, for this course exploring the remarkable vision and writings of Julian of Norwich; a vision of the immensity of divine generosity and the radical call of compassion it places on us.

Apr 19
Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

04/19/2020

This course is for those seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with the triune God. Classic spiritual practices and biblical spirituality will be introduced. Led by Jim Dant, Carl McColman and Debra Weir.

Apr 21
The Disciple-Making Church: To Grow the Future We Visit the Past (Thompson Scholars 2020)

04/21/2020

Applications are due by December 13, 2019 for the 2020 Thompson Scholar seminar. The seminar will explore the concept of “the disciple-making church,” and what it means to develop mature disciples of Jesus Christ who make a real difference...

Apr 27
Spiritual Formation and Older Adulthood

04/27/2020

The last third of life presents some of life’s richest spiritual, theological and ethical challenges. This course will explore how congregations and other communities of faith can engage in conversations and practices that will allow them to actively nurture...

Apr 27
Beside Still Waters—A Contemplative Retreat

04/27/2020

Join us for this contemplative retreat and lean into the opportunity to “be still and know.” Practical by design, the retreat may be a valuable for those discerning new directions, or simply desiring greater connection with God, themselves and...

Jun 01
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application

06/01/2020

This is the Application for the 2020-2022 Cohort of the Certificate in Spiritual Direction program, a 2.5-year formation and training program for persons who discern a call to the ministry of spiritual direction.

Aug 03
Thriving as a Church Ministry Associate (online)

08/03/2020

This five-week online course will focus on the role and function of the pastoral associate staff in the congregational context. 

Sep 28
Contemporary Readings in Christian Education: Adult Religious Education Online

09/28/2020

This is a six-week online course focusing on Adult religious education and Christian formation and its integration with adult development, learning context, teaching and learning, methods and approaches. 

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