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For church professionals and lay people, The Center for Lifelong Learning provides non-degree courses and events – opportunities to learn with and from others for faithful discipleship. Led by top-notch faculty, our offerings are biblically and theologically grounded, with a practical focus to help participants identify and address specific, real-life needs. At the same time, we see lifelong learning as recreation – time to step out of life’s busy routines and experience renewal of mind, spirit, body, and emotion. We hope you will browse through our website to find out more about opportunities that are available for you.


It’s Hard to Pray When You’re Mad as Hell

About Columbia
Anger is the emotion that is generally most apparent when we try to strike back at the curve balls of life. It is the most difficult emotion to manage since it can be either a time bomb waiting to explode inside the self or a missile directed toward others. Listening to stories from forcibly terminated clergy and their spouses at... + Read More
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How do I listen to others?

About Columbia
“How do I listen to others? "As if everyone were my master speaking to me their cherished last words.” Hafiz   For those of us who offer spiritual companioning, coaching, therapy, or pastoral care, we spend a good bit of time listening to others and asking questions. Over the years, the Enneagram has been... + Read More
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Processing Grief Part 1: Through Sweat and Tears

About Columbia
“I have malignant tumors of unknown origin…” read the text message below some beautiful photos and several other sentences from my best friend, who had just gotten back from taking her mom, whose health has been declining for the last several years, on a trip to one of their favorite places in northern... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together courses

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Oct 04
Leadership in Ministry: Kansas City Fall Session


The Leadership in Ministry workshop in Kansas City is a twice a year, peer-based clergy leadership development progr...

Oct 14
Ensouling our Lives: The Gospel of Love according to Julian of Norwich


Dr. Mark S. Burrows leads this retreat that will explore passages from Julian’s Showings. Our aim is to make sense of her profoundly Pauline not...

Nov 15
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta Fall Session


The Leadership in Ministry Workshop at Atlanta is a twice a year, peer-based clergy leadership development program a...

Jan 10
Seeking God: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life (online)


This four-week online retreat is for anyone seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with God. It may also be helpful for those exploring ne...

Jan 17
The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry (Older Adult Ministry Course) online


Aging is associated with many changes in physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. This course will equip participants with the resources...

Jan 31
Inclusive Leadership in a Diverse and Changing World (online)


This practical five-week course is an introduction to intercultural competence in the context of local churches and religious organizations. Parti...

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