Journeying Together

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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 seminary 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.


All Shapes and Sizes: What Does Youth Ministry Look Like?

About Columbia
It's important to understand that there's no set formula for youth ministry and how it operates. It comes in many variations and looks different for every ministry. It comes in all shapes and sizes. Church folks are typically very concerned about youth (and children) so I don't want you to get stuck in old definitions and ways of... + Read More
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Sacred Creation: The Celtic Way of Christian Spirituality

About Columbia
Christianity first reached the Celtic people of Ireland and Britain as early as the second century C.E. and began to blossom by the fifth century. This encounter between the Christian religion and Celtic tradition engendered a deep and distinctive spirituality rooted in the goodness of creation. The Celtic way of... + Read More
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How to Welcome Our Transgender and Non-Binary Neighbors in the Church

About Columbia
Rev. Linda Herzer and Gabrielle Claiborne will teach the course “Welcoming Our Transgender and Non-Binary Neighbors” in January of 2019. They are the co-founders of Transformation Journeys Worldwide, a transgender-focused diversity training and consulting firm. We interviewed Rev. Linda and Gabrielle below about their work, and... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together courses

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Jan 24
Enneagram: Personality and Spirituality


Certificate in Spiritual Formation Sandra C. Smith leads this workshop designed to help you understand your Enneagram personality styl...

Jan 29
Welcoming Our Transgender and Non-Binary Neighbors


Transgender and non-binary people are coming out at higher rates than ever before. This engaging and highly interactive seminar is for all religio...

Feb 01
The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation


Online Course Using the book by Woody Jenkins by the same title, this course will focus on helping clergy and laypersons explore the ...

Feb 04
Creation and Connection: An Introduction to Celtic Christian Spirituality


Online Course/ Certificate in Spiritual Formation Join Art Wright for this class exploring the rich traditions of Celtic Christian spi...

Feb 14
Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life


This is the Spirituality Program’s foundational retreat, introducing participants to classic Christian spiritual practices and understandings. T...

Mar 04
Contemporary Readings in Christian Education: Youth Christian Education (Online Course)


This four-week online course is part of the “Contemporary Readings Series” for persons interested in deepening their understanding of contempo...

Mar 11
The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry


Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course Aging is associated with many changes in physical and mental health. This course will explore ...

Mar 13
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults


Older Adult Ministry Course Teaching and learning methods that enhance engagement in, and ownership of, the learning process are as important for older adults as they are for all ages.

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