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Spirituality Program Update

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Truth (Al-Hagg) by Julie Hliboki

New Graduates!

Congratulations to our three new Certificate in Spiritual Formation graduates

Jan Day – Ellijay, GA

Brenda Fairbanks – Greenville, SC

Phillip Hagen – Woodleaf, NC 

May God’s love surround you, Christ’s peace fill you, and the Spirit energize you in life and ministry.

New Classes for 2012 -2013

Fall 2012 brings new topics and new instructors to the Spirituality Program. We’d love to have you join us!

August 23-26, 2012 Growing in Wholeness:
Spiritual Formation and the Adult Life Span
Lou Kavar
September 20-23, 2012 Embodied Spirituality:
Embracing the Fullness of LIfe
Debra Weir
October 25-28, 2012 Exploring Wisdom's Wonder Bill Brown
November 11-16, 2012 Spiritual Practice a Way of Life Jane Vennard
  Save the Date  
  Spring 2013 classes will be online soon!  
February 7-10, 2013 The Spirituality of "Stuff" in the Gospel of Luke Eric Barreto
Feb. 28 - March 3, 2013 Henri Nouwen: The Wounded Healer Chris Glaser
March 10-15, 2013 History of Western Christian Spirituality Catherine Gonzalez
April 7-10, 2013 Celtic Spirituality Carl McColman


New Books from Certificate in Spiritual Formation Graduates and Participants

Certificate in Spiritual Formation Graduate, Laura Dunham, class of ’99, recently published Path of the Purified Heart: The Spiritual Journey as Transformation. A Presbyterian minister, Benedictine oblate, and ecumenist, Laura illumines the common path all Christians and spiritual seekers may take toward union with God.  Drawing upon the spiritual wisdom of the past and present, she invites readers to join her on this journey. Laura says, “The story of my own ‘year of purification’ along the path of the purified heart is woven throughout the book, as are the motifs of the liturgical year and the labyrinth as a symbol of the journey.” 

Certificate in Spiritual Formation Graduate, George Grove, class of ’99, recently published The Rich Young Ruler: A Biblical Novella and Other Short Stories. Grove captures the sense of time and place of the Scriptures and draws you into the unfolding drama. Through Grove’s imaginative storytelling that is faithful to Scripture, you find yourself becoming engaged in the lives of Biblical characters, aware of their hopes and fears, and become part of a story that is larger than your own story.

Julie Hliboki, current Spiritual Formation participant, completes The Breath of God: Thirty-Three Invitations to Embody Holy Wisdom. “Julie Hliboki opens the door to an authentic interfaith pathway and provides guidance on the contemplative journey,” says Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson. Through artwork, poetry, and stories of her personal journey, Julie Hliboki invites readers of all faiths to engage directly with the beautiful divine Names of God, a process that will enlighten the seeker.