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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Mar 07
The Life of Christ in Art and Poetry (online)


This five-week course presents the life of Christ in poetry and art. You are invited to read and reflect on contemporary poetic and visual interpretations of Gospel passages. Imaginative and artistic reflections will be encouraged.



Apr 07
Creation through a New Lens


Jim Dant leads this biblical study of the creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2, exploring several interpretive lenses to widen our view of these familiar stories.

Apr 24
Discernment in Spiritual Direction


This seminar explores the art and gift of Christian Discernment in the context of individual spiritual direction. This is the third residency for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction; enrollment is limited to those accepted into the program through application. Thank you for your interest.  

May 02
Be Still and Know: A Contemplative Retreat


Carl McColman and Debra Weir guide this ecumenical retreat to invite stillness, rest, and prayer. The retreat is open to both men and women. No prior experience at a monastery or with contemplative prayer is necessary, simply a desire...

Jul 25
Prayer: Deepening your Experience with God (Online)


Develop a habit of prayer to deepen your spiritual life. The course will introduce several prayer forms and invite the participants to explore each practice and reflect on the experience.

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