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 24
Incarnation: Theology, Tradition and Practice of Spiritual Direction


This seminar will explore biblical and theological underpinnings of spiritual direction and the practice of individual spiritual direction. This is the second residency for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction; enrollment is limited to those accepted into the program through...

Apr 01
Landscapes of Renewal: A High Desert Retreat


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Set in the natural beauty of Ghost Ranch, this retreat invites exploration of the high desert landscape and reflection on those landscapes that have shaped our own life stories. Bill Brown will guide our exploration...

May 12
Discerning Forgiveness


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Marjorie Thompson guides this class in a deep conversation exploring forgiveness in the Christian life. The class will discuss several interpretations of forgiveness, discern complexities of timing and circumstance, and engage in key practices to...

Sep 19
Spiritual Direction: An Introduction


This is an introductory exploration of spiritual guidance, including its history, theological foundations, various models and practices. It will be helpful if you are curious about what spiritual direction is and want to explore it at an introductory level. It...

Sep 30
Your Sacred Story: The Spiritual Practice of Journaling


Online Course

Explore the practice of spiritual journaling with Carl McColman. The course invites journaling from a variety of perspectives including writing memoir, using writing as a form of prayer, writing for healing and discernment, and writing to share...

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