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CTS Spiritual Formation

Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

This event’s theme is “Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life.” Spiritual formation courses fulfill the requirements to complete the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and are also open to anyone who is interested in taking classes as an occasional participant.

A Columbia Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Program
April 19–22, 2020

Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life is for those seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with the triune God. The retreat provides grounding in Old and New Testament spirituality, monastic spirituality, and introduces classic spiritual practices. Guided meditative journaling, a creative process for life review and preparation for writing a spiritual autobiography will be used throughout the course. The schedule includes small group conversations as well as space for personal prayer and reflection.

Participants are encouraged to begin preparation for the retreat 1-2 months in advance by reflectively reading and then writing a one-page reflection on each of the following books:

  • Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, 2014 newly revised edition by Marjorie Thompson
  • Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries by Gerald L. Sittser

Detailed reading and writing guidelines will be provided upon registration.

This is the foundational course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Credit toward the certificate will be given to all who complete the pre-and post-retreat reading and writing assignments in addition to participating in the retreat.

Event Leadership

Jim Dant – Course Leader

Jim is the senior minister at First Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, and co-founder of Faithlab, a creative services firm that assists churches with their organizational and communications needs. Jim has served as an adjunct professor at Brewton Parker College, Mercer University and Mercers’ McAfee School of Theology, and is a well-respected conference and retreat leader throughout the country.

Carl McColman – Course Leader

Carl McColman writes and speaks about God, and silence, and love — about what ultimately cannot be put into words. In his words, “The heart of every word is silence, and the heart of spirituality is the mystery of love.”

Carl’s work explores the spiritual life in a variety of ways, and his approach to spirituality (and to life) is joyful and optimistic, filled with a sense of God calling us into deeper communion — and empowering us to transform the world. His latest project is Via Mystica, a website devoted to contemplative and mystical Christianity, and he cohosts the Encountering Silence podcast.

Debra Weir – Course Leader

Debra is the associate director of spirituality and lifelong learning at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.

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