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A Dwelling Place for God: Renewing an Earthly Spirituality

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.

Instructor: Stanley P. Saunders

To register and/or reserve accommodations for this conference, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

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Registration Information

Register for the conference

This program is offered as part of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary and serves as course credit. Anyone interested in the course is welcome, but must also register through Columbia Seminary.

Rates below include conference fee only. Housing and meals are not included.

  • Program fee: $390 per person

Questions regarding conference registration? Please contact spirituality@ctsnet.edu.


Reserve housing & meals

Rates are per person and include all room and meal charges for the entire conference (Thursday supper through Sunday lunch). No adjustments to package will be made except for extended stay.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $394.50
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $489.00 ($244.50 per person)

If you have any questions about housing and meal reservations, please email SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Refund Policy

  • Refunds for program fee are subject to the policies of the Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.
  • Refunds for housing in Assembly Inn will be awarded in the following ways: Full refund if notice of cancellation is received on or before September 6; full refund less $40 if notice of cancellation is received after September 6, but before October 11; no refunds will be given after October 11; all requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Montreat Conference Center via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterStanley 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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