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Join the Quiet Revolution

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Wayne Muller

 

“Rest is not just a psychological convenience; it is a spiritual and biological necessity,” says Wayne Muller, in his book, “Sabbath: Remembering the Sacred Rhythm of Rest and Delight.”

 “Sabbath time is a revolutionary challenge to the violence of overwork, because it honors the necessary wisdom of dormancy.”

Perhaps this is why, in most spiritual traditions, practicing sabbath is a commandment, “an ethical precept as serious as prohibitions against killing, stealing and lying,” Muller says.

In fact, Muller maintains that ignoring the Sabbath – “forgetting to be restful, sing songs and find nourishment and delight, [can] possibly be morally and socially dangerous.”

He urges a “quiet revolution” of change in ourselves, our families, our society. Making a plea for renewed Sabbath-keeping, Muller invites:

 “Let us take a collective breath, rest, pray, meditate, walk, sing, eat and take time to share the unhurried company of those we love. Let us, for just one day, cease our desperate striving for more, and instead taste the blessings we have already been given, and give thanks. Religious traditions agree on this: God does not want us to be exhausted; God wants us to be happy. And so let us remember the Sabbath.”

Join Wayne Muller – therapist, minister, community advocate, consultant, public speaker, and writer – in exploring and experiencing how to practice Sabbath purposefully and restfully, during the course “Living into Sabbath,” October 30 –November 4 on the CTS campus.
This weeklong course is offered for three different types of participants:

- Clergy, educators, and other church professionals who want to conceptualize and plan for a creative Sabbatical leave;
- Participants in the CTS Certificate in Spiritual Formation program and others interested in the Sabbath aspects of spiritual formation; and
- Those selected to be this year’s CTS Guthrie Scholars.

“This is a new way for us to give as many people as possible an opportunity to benefit, when we bring a renowned guest speaker to campus,” says Sarah Erickson, director of the Center for Lifelong Learning. “All three groups can attend the plenary presentations, and then participate in separate tracks designed especially for each group.”

Muller is the bestselling author of such books as “A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough,” “Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives,” “Learning to Pray: How We Find Heaven On Earth,” and “How, Then, Shall We Live?”

Muller will guide participants in reflecting on the rhythms of their own lives – their celebrations, hardships, challenges, revelations, and moments of grace. He will offer tools, exercises, and simple meditations that support the keeping of Sabbath.
Participants can register for one of three “Living Into Sabbath” tracks:
TRACK A – CREATIVE SABBATICAL PLANNING     
The intent of sabbatical leave is to allow clergy, educators and other church professionals to experience refreshment and renewal. Too often, however, a sabbatical becomes an exercise in providing a product, or a justification for the time off in terms of tangible accomplishments.
Whether you are planning a sabbatical in the near or distant future, this week with Wayne Muller can help you to balance your desire for professional study with your desire for Sabbath rest and renewal.
Sessions with Melissa Bane Sevier will address some of the practical, theological and pastoral aspects of Sabbath and sabbatical planning.

TRACK B – CERTIFICATE IN SPIRITUAL FORMATION (open to everyone – both certificate and non-certificate participants)
Besides the plenary sessions with Wayne Muller, Track B participants’ time will include the communal, personal, and practical aspects traditionally found in the Certificate in Spiritual Formation classes.
“We will begin and end each day with a time of prayer and share our questions, ideas, concerns, and thoughts with one another in our workshops and small groups,” says Deedra Rich, interim associate director of the Spirituality Program. “And, we will practice various elements of Sabbath throughout the week.”
Whether or not you are enrolled in the spirituality certificate program, all Track B participants are expected to participate fully in the Track B offerings
  
TRACK C – GUTHRIE SCHOLARS
This year, Guthrie Scholars Week is scheduled at the same time as Wayne Muller’s “Living Into Sabbath” seminar, specifically so Guthrie Scholars can attend Muller’s presentations.
For that reason, this year Guthrie Scholar applicants whose independent study interests involve Sabbath, balance, sabbatical, and re-creation (all from a Reformed perspective) will be given priority in the selection process.

Use the following links for Guthrie Scholars Program brochure and application form. The application deadline is September 15. (We will review and make decisions on applications as they are received).

ADVANCE READING ADVISED
Before the Wayne Muller event, all participants are encouraged to read Muller’s most recent book, “A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough” (Harmony 2010).

A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Muller has spent the past 35 years working with people suffering abuse, alcoholism, poverty, illness and loss. Besides collaborating with those undergoing significant life changes, Muller consults with community organizations, educational institutions and healthcare corporations.

He is the founder of “Bread for the Journey” – a network of ordinary people who engage in grassroots, neighborhood philanthropy through micro-grants. He has served as Senior Scholar at the Fetzer Institute, is an Extended Faculty at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and has received numerous awards for his work with those in need.

Click below for details and online registration for each track in this Sabbath event:
For Track B, Spiritual Formation.
For Track C, Guthrie Scholars.