LIFE Program (Lifelong Learning Institute of Faith Exploration)

LIFE (Lifelong Learning Institute of Faith Exploration) is an open enrollment program for all people of faith:  lay persons, clergy, seekers, churches and nones. LIFE is a series of mostly one-day seminars designed for anyone who would like to deepen and enrich their understanding of scripture, theology, history and the church.

For more information contact [email protected] Director, Jill Schantz at [email protected]

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LIFE seminars in the spring 2023 semester will be offered for participants who are both physically and digitally (online) present. Please visit our Events page where you can find your next opportunity to register for LIFE. Or click on the links for each seminar below.

Cost: $100
The cost of preparatory reading materials (books, articles, etc.) is in addition.
Discounted rates available for groups of 5 or more of one congregation. Contact Jill Schantz, Director of LIFE @ Eden  at email address above.

If you experience difficulties, give us a call and we will assist you with your credit card payment by phone 314-304-0343.


Theological education offers gifts of revitalized faith that will enrich not only the person but the whole church. LIFE puts these gifts and resources in everyone’s grasp and will equip participants for a variety of ministries in the church and world. Your spiritual life and faith formation will be enriched in ways yet to be imagined.


The most current biblical, theological and ethical scholarship, led by Eden faculty, leaders in scholarship in their fields. Seminars include stimulating conversation and reflecting with others eager to explore Christian faith, life and leadership. Recent seminar topics include:

  • Reading and Understanding Scripture
  • Shaping Faithful Worship
  • Exploring the Presence of God: Thinking Theologically
  • How We Live Our Faith Christian Ethics
  • Cultural Competency
  • What is Church
  • History and Polity of the United Church of Christ


Take the LIFE Congregational Leadership Certificate track – complete twelve seminars and one discernment retreat in a 24-month period.

  • Gain theological competency elevating your leadership skills within your church and community.
  • The Certificate may be used by United Church of Christ Conferences as one of the indications of your consideration for UCC authorized ministry.