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Any events involving a room reservation must be confirmed on the calendar through the Business Office (Miguel Chavez at 404-687-4510 or ChavezM@CTSnet.edu).
Attuning Yourself to the Sacred Within: A Contemplative Retreat
Date: 5/2/2016 - 5/6/2016
You are invited to set aside the rigor of daily life, to rest and attend to the presence of God within. This week-long retreat will include times of silence and solitude, plenary sessions with experienced leaders, contemplative spiritual practices, and gentle conversation in small groups. Whether you are a long-time practitioner of contemplative prayer or a curious seeker, this retreat is an opportunity to rest, renew and grow in the contemplative life.
Location: Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman Alabama
Thriving As a Church Ministry Staff Associate
Date: 5/2/2016 - 6/3/2016
The focus of this course is on the role and function of pastoral and program associate staff in the congregational context. Understand staff relationships, staff functions, teamwork, personal professional skills, and relational intelligence in dealing with pastors, staff members, and congregational members. This is a MOOC (Mini Open Online) course.
Instructor: Israel Galindo
Being the Beloved Community: Welcoming Children of All Abilities to Church
Date: 5/9/2016 - 5/12/2016
Where to start? What questions should we be asking? What can we do at church and in our communities when the needs arise? These and other questions will be considered during this conference, which will explore the theological and practical dimensions of this ministry. Participants will learn that every church can do something to transform relationships and practices. Dr. Bethany McKinney-Fox (M.Div. ’06), director of Student Services at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Mark Crenshaw, MTS, director of Interdisciplinary Training at Georgia State University and former Executive Director of the Interfaith Disability Network, will keynote. Barbara Newman, Director of Church Services, Teacher Consultant, and author for the CLC Network, will present workshops on autism and on inclusive worship. A total of eight workshops, four plenary sessions and a panel discussion will complete the conference schedule.
House Concert at Prof. Hartman’s Home
Time: 7:00 pm
There will be a concert on the Thursday night before graduation, May 12 at 7:00 pm. Singer-songwriter Jason Harrod (a college friend of Tim’s wife) is touring the Southeast with the folk-pop duo Jen and Scott Smith of Naked Blue. The Hartman’s invite you to enjoy a night of music at 511 S. Columbia Drive. The concert is BYOB, light refreshments provided, and there is $15 suggested donation to the musicians. Details Here.
at Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030.
at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Spiritual Direction Advanced Training
Date: 5/18/2016 - 5/20/2016
The Spirituality Program is partnering with Together in the Mystery to offer a one-year training program for spiritual director supervisors. The training program is for experienced spiritual directors who seek to serve as supervisors for spiritual directors and spiritual directors in training.
“Spiritual directors seek supervision as they attempt to grow in their ability to notice and respond to God’s presence during spiritual direction sessions,” says Maria Bowen, cofounder of Together in the Mystery. Dr. Bowen explains that “Spiritual director supervisors mentor, teach, and consult with spiritual directors as they grow in their abilities.”
This program was created for previously certified spiritual directors who wish to help other spiritual directors as they:
- identify what opens them to God’s presence during sessions and what distracts them
- offer spiritual direction ethically and with integrity
- celebrate their strengths
Participants in the spiritual directors supervisor training program will begin by gathering for a beginning weekend of contemplative practice, participate in a year-long instructor supervised practicum, and conclude with an ending weekend of contemplative practice. Click here for details on the training program, or for application information.
Applications are being accepted now through Together in the Mystery.
Hospitality as Spiritual Practice: The Welcoming Voice of the Book of Ruth
Date: 6/12/2016 - 6/15/2016
The practice of hospitality involves far more than tasty casseroles and readied guest rooms. In fact, the ability to live hospitably with the people around us – friends and strangers – is a result of developing a deeper sense of the meaning and practice of hospitality in our lives.
The Old Testament book of Ruth has certainly been misplaced in the Christian Bible and too often ignored in Christian thought. If read it in its historical and original literary context, however, it serves as a pivotal book for all people of faith. Our prayerful study of the Book of Ruth will introduce us to the deep discipline of hospitality – hospitality to far more than just a visitor in our home. The hospitality embedded in Ruth’s story encourages us to open our arms and hearts to: life on life’s terms, God on God’s terms, grace beyond imagination and the inevitable evolution of faith and faith practice.
Housing will be at local hotels. Holiday Inn Express in downtown Greenville is highly recommended and a short drive to the church. You will need to make your own room reservation.
Location: First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC
Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes
Date: 8/1/2016 - 8/3/2016
This is the popular author’s course designed to prepare leaders of the Horizons Bible Study for the coming year. Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes invites leaders and participants of Presbyterian Women Circles and church school study groups to look through nine different lenses referring to Jesus. Course participants will share with ne another how they see and experience the various lenses and how these different perspectives impact who they understand Jesus to be, the implications for being his disciple, and how to facilitate learning in their study groups.. Join Judy Yates Siker, author of this year’s study, for this event. Early registration and discounts for 2+ from same group available.
Please note that there will not be a weekend version of the Horizon's Bible Study leader training this year.
Instructor: Judy Yates Siker
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life
Date: 8/4/2016 - 8/7/2016
Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of a deeper spiritual life! During this Thursdayevening - Sunday afternoon course, you will explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, while learning the formative elements of Biblical, monastic, and Christian spirituality from the Reformation onward. The schedule includes time for personal reflection through guided journaling — an exercise for exploring your own unique journey with the living God. You will also get to know fellow participants in small group and one-on-one settings, which will support your practical application of the knowledge acquired throughout the course
Instructors: CTS Faculty