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


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


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


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


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


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.

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