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CTS Spiritual Formation

A Dwelling Place for God: Renewing an Earthly Spirituality

This course is especially for those who wish to rediscover a Christian spirituality that is rooted in and integrates creation worship justice and hope.

A Columbia Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Program
October 18–21, 2018

This course is especially for those who wish to rediscover a Christian spirituality that is rooted in and integrates creation, worship, justice, and hope. Early Judaism and Christianity both understood the temple as a symbol of the whole creation, an image of heaven and earth as they were meant to be, and as the place where God’s presence was to be found. The early Christians shaped their corporate practices and self-understanding as the “body of Christ” in light of the story of Christ, which depicted Jesus’ body as a living temple (e.g., John 2:23). Images of temple and creation are found throughout the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation. How might reclaiming this material, now largely forgotten or misunderstood, provide us with models of spiritual practice and imagination for people living at the edge of history?

This class is open to everyone. Credit towards the Certificate in Spiritual Formation will be given to those who complete the pre-and post-course assignments. You will receive the reading list in the registration confirmation email. If you have any questions, please contact spirituality@ctsnet.edu.

See more details below, including leadership, course registration, accommodations, and general schedule. Child care is not available for this program.

Key Leadership

Stanley P. Saunders, Associate Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Saunders holds a PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary and has also studied at the University of Tübingen and the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Stan has been involved in the Spirituality programs—both the DMin program and the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program—at CTS since their inception under the leadership of Ben Johnson. He is currently working on a book about the story of creation in the New Testament. Stan is a native of Oregon, an ordained member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and has taught at Columbia since 1991.

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