For the Soul

Parents! How to Prepare for your Columbia Student’s Return Home

Friday, December 9, 2016

  We have had the privilege of having our daughter attend Columbia Bible College. She finished her Bachelor in Youth Work degree over 5 years, moving through a number of seasons of life – living in residence, living at home, internship, married and local, and married and distant! With three adult children plus one high school senior, … Read More

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Spiritual Formation: Learning New Ways to Connect with God

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

You might have noticed we talk about ‘spiritual formation’ a lot at Columbia. What does that actually mean? How is it happening in the lives of Columbia students? We asked students in Gareth Brandt’s Spiritual Formation & Discipleship class to share a spiritual practice they’ve been growing in this semester. Meditation “Meditation has been a … Read More

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How to Shop for a New Church (Without Being a Consumer)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The following article appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Columbia’s Contact magazine. It’s written by David Warkentin, director of our Columbia One and General Studies programs. Let’s be honest, looking for a church — a.k.a “church shopping” — is a common part of the North American Christian experience. Advances in technology mean even the … Read More

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Twists & Turns: En Route to Discovering Your Calling

Thursday, May 12, 2016

“So you’re laying me off? ” I sat across the table from my boss, heart racing. It was the last week of my maternity leave. This meeting was supposed to be a time to reconnect and line everything up for my return to my role as a non-profit communications specialist. It wasn’t supposed to be an “I’m sorry, … Read More

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Space for Difference: Learning to Disagree with Integrity & Kindness

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

This article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of the Columbia Contact magazine. It was written by Janet Boldt, who’s been a member of Columbia’s Interdisciplinary Studies faculty for 24 years.  Her courses include Conflict Management, Effective Teaching, and Cultural Anthropology. The world seems to be falling apart because of difference. Isis seeks to … Read More

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