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.
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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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.
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
Spiritual Direction in Context
This seminar will explore and practice the basic tenets of spiritual direction – presence, deep listening and discernment. This is the first residency for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction; enrollment is limited to those accepted to the program through...
Soul Tending: An Exploration of Spiritual Practices for Nourishment and Growth (Online)
Nurture your spiritual life! Liz Forney leads this course that explores a wide range of spiritual practices from a broad spectrum of traditions. The class is geared to finding practices to sustain spiritual health and growth.
Wisdom of the Christian Mystics (Online)
Mystics through the ages are remembered for their love of God and whole-hearted approach to living the Gospel in their daily lives. Our emphasis will be on their timeless wisdom and how it helps us to live today. Carl...
Contemplation and Compassion: Engaging Two Aspects of the Spiritual Life
Examine the prayerful and active dimensions of the spiritual life in this four-week online class. The course will engage the writings of several modern spiritual “giants” such as Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa and Howard Thurman.
The Return of the Prodigal (Online)
A five week interactive course of study of Henri Nouwen’s most popular work on the Rembrandt painting of the Return of the Prodigal.