Spirituality Program

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For 20 years the Spirituality Program at The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary has been proud to offer courses in Christian Spirituality.

We now offer two certificate programs in our Spirituality Program for clergy or laypersons who wish to deepen their life with God and learn to assist others on their faith journeys.

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

The Certificate in Spiritual Formation offers people in the pulpit, in the pew, in all denominations and stages of life, an exploration of community-grounded Christian spirituality that is rooted in scripture, theology, a history of the tradition, reading in the spiritual classics, prayer and meditation, and in skills for assisting others on a spiritual journey.

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Certificate in Spiritual Direction

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 Spiritual Direction is a 2 1/2 year training program for those seeking to discern and develop their gifts and skills as spiritual directors.

Spiritual Director Supervisor Training

Our Spirituality Program partnered with Together in the Mystery to offer a one-year training program for spiritual director supervisors. The training program, for experienced spiritual directors who seek to serve as supervisors for practicing spiritual directors and spiritual directors in training, was completed in May of 2017.

Upcoming Spirituality Program Courses

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Sep 26
Praying with Teresa of Avila: Exploring The Interior Castle through Image and Metaphor

09/26/2022

Join us for a contemplative exploration of selected passages from Teresa of Avila’s spiritual and theological masterpiece, The Interior Castle. As we read, we will draw attention to foundational metaphors in Teresa’s writing and consider their significance for spiritual life today.   

  

Oct 13
Exploring Wisdom’s Wonder 

10/13/2022

Join Old Testament scholar, Bill Brown, for this retreat exploring the mysterious power and relevance of Wisdom’s Wonder found throughout Scripture.  

Nov 01
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application

11/01/2022

Apply here for acceptance to the Certificate in Spiritual Direction, a 2.5-year program designed to nurture the gifts, sensibilities, and skills of a spiritual director.

Nov 13
Spiritual Direction, Discerned Action, and Social Transformation

11/13/2022

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...

Jan 09
Seeking God: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

01/09/2023

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 new directions and callings. With: Carl McColman, Deedra Rich and CTS faculty. 

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