At Columbia, we take the spiritual formation of our students seriously. The Office of Student Affairs & Community Life works to help students cultivate lifelong spiritual practices to sustain and support them in ministry.

Students are here, primarily, to be educated and prepare for ministry. Much of this education takes place in the classroom. However, it is not possible for everything to take place in the class. In addition to classroom and field experience, students are nurtured, challenged, and ultimately formed by mentoring relationships, engagement in community life, participation in community worship, and other spiritual disciplines and experiences.

upcoming OSACL spiritual formation events

Spiritual formation events will resume in the fall 2018 semester. Explore the Community Calendar for other upcoming events.

Worship animates the daily rhythms of community life at Columbia Theological Seminary. We gather four times a week for chapel, and once a week for forum. 

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, we gather at 10:10am for chapel in either Harrington Center Chapel, Campbell Hall Chapel, or the BLC Courtyard. On Wednesday, we gather for forum at 11:00am. Forum typically convenes in the Ellis Room. Check out the full chapel and forum schedule below. If you have questions, contact Dr. Rebecca Spurrier, Associate Dean of Worship Life and Assistant Professor of Worship.

Chapel and Forum Schedule

(SCT) denotes a service planned by a Senior Chapel team

Forum will resume during the fall semester. The first forum of the fall semester will be hosted by the EDI Council on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Read below for the summer chapel schedule.

week of july 9

  • TUES | JUL 10 | CAMPBELL | Preacher: Leanne Van Dyk, President
  • FRI | JUL 13 | HARRINGTON | Preacher, Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario, Chief Enrollment Management Officer

week of july 16

  • TUES | JUL 17 | CAMPBELL | Service led by the Dr. Kevin Park and the Gospel & Culture Class
  • FRI | JUL 20 | HARRINGTON | Service led by the Office of Student Affairs & Community Life

week of july 23

  • TUES | JUL 24 | HARRINGTON | Preacher: Colleen Cook, MDiv and MAPT Student
  • FRI | JUL 27 | CAMPBELL | Service led by Nick Peterson and the Worship & Culture Class

week of july 30

  • TUES | JUL 31 | CAMPBELL | Service led by Kevin Park and the New Testament Spirituality in Global Context Class
  • FRI | AUG 3 | HARRINGTON | Preacher, Don Saliers, Theologian-in-Residence, Candler School of Theology

week of AUg 6

  • TUES | AUG 7 | CAMPBELL | Service led by Caitlin Montgomery, Shine Park, and Alexandra Mauney (SCT)
  • FRI | AUG 10 | HARRINGTON | Service led by Caitlin Montgomery, Shine Park, and Alexandra Mauney (SCT)

week of AUg 13

  • TUES | AUG 7 | HARRINGTON | Preacher: Beth Johnson, Davison Phillips Professor of New Testament
  • FRI | AUG 10 | CAMPBELL | Service led by Kathy Dawson, Jeffery Tribble, and the Introduction to MAPT Class

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.

The Spirituality Program now offers two certificate programs for clergy or laypersons who wish to deepen their life with God and learn to assist others on their faith journeys. Click below to learn more and to discover upcoming events offered by the Spirituality Program.