Sacred Creation: The Celtic Way of Christian Spirituality

Sacred Creation: The Celtic Way of Christian Spirituality

Christianity first reached the Celtic people of Ireland and Britain as early as the second century C.E. and began to blossom by the fifth century.

This encounter between the Christian religion and Celtic tradition engendered a deep and distinctive spirituality…

Jessica Brown: Celtic Christianity and the gift of thresholds

This post on Celtic Christianity originally appeared in Faith & Leadership.

 

As humans we all encounter times in our lives that the mark the beginning or ending of something, new experiences or times of reflection. In Celtic Christianity,…

For the Bookshelf: The Scale of Perfection

July 16, 2018—Walter Hilton was born in 1343 and studied church law at Cambridge. At about the age of forty-three, after spending some period of time as a hermit, he began to lead a semi-monastic life with other priests in…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

For the Bookshelf: Revelations of Divine Love

June 4, 2018—The first confirmed English woman writer was Julian of Norwich. At the age of thirty years, Julian experienced a series of revelations or showings which manifested themselves in her senses, in her mind, and through insights exceeding her…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Learning to Love the “Habit” of Prayer

May 31, 2018—We human beings are creatures of habit.

We brush our teeth in the same direction, we take the same route to work, we fold our clothes or make our beds in pretty much the same manner day after…

“How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?”

April 26, 2018—”It’s invaluable. It’s scary. It’s joyful. But all-in-all, it brings you closer to God.”

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…

On Demanding a Surrendered Life

April 5, 2018—My book, Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes, shows how the Beatitudes of Jesus validate the faith of people in emotional pain. It addresses people whose suffering arises from normal losses and…

God Listening Within Me? Really?

March 1, 2018—Of the many extraordinary poems included in Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet, this one—listed as no. 18 in the collection—is a good place to begin. And this is as true for those who may know little or…

Moving Into a More Active Spiritual Life: the Spirituality Program

February 15, 2018—When we say “spiritual formation,” what are we talking about?

For over 20 years, the Spirituality Program has been an active and vibrant part of Columbia Theological Seminary and The Center for Lifelong Learning. But what is it?…

“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”

January 11, 2018—Many of us could claim these lines, taken from one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, as a true confession.  We live hurried lives, caught in the pressures of a culture—a “hurried society,” as it were—that seems addicted to…

A Grand and Unusual Invitation!

November 2, 2017—An Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life. What a grand and unusual invitation. In this fast-paced, busy world we live in, we are inviting you to pause for a long weekend . . . to…

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It’s All Part of the Pilgrimage

“It’s All Part of the Pilgrimage. . .”

This is the phrase we were encouraged to repeat to ourselves as we set out for the Holy Land in the early spring of 2014. There were twenty-seven of us from all…

Meet Ally

June 1, 2017—I’ve enjoyed ‘routine’ for as long as I remember. I wake early in order not to miss too much of any given day. Three meals are not an option. The rhythm of four seasons elates me. When I…

Meet-ally as new terminology during a Spiritual Formation class adventure

Celebrate World Labyrinth Day with the Spirituality Program

April 20, 2017—Saturday, May 6, 2017 is World Labyrinth Day. We’ll add our steps for peace to those of others around the world. The Spirituality Program and The Labyrinth Society invite you to “Walk as One at 1” in the afternoon,…

Spirituality Program Participants Share: “What Brought You Here?”

April 13, 2017—What brought you here?

“One of the great spiritual longings of modern times is the longing for ‘depth.’ Some might call this a search for meaning or a desire for connection. But I think the longing for depth…

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