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Spirituality Courses Blend the Academic, Communal, Personal

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Spring renewal via spirituality courses


“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? Psalm 42:2.

In response to the ever-growing spiritual hunger in the lives of individuals, our churches and our communities, Lifelong Learning’s Spirituality Program offers 12-14 spirituality classes each year.

“Our classes use a hybrid pedagogy: we blend academic, communal, personal and practical elements to actively engage adult learning,” says Deedra Rich, associate director of the program.

"What does this look like? Sometimes the experience feels a bit like the classroom, at other times it feels like a retreat, or a workshop, and maybe even a bit like a conference.

“Most importantly, our courses offer a safe place to personally examine and explore your relationship and interactions with God, while being spiritually fed, challenged, and nurtured.”

“Sixteen years ago, the Certificate in Spiritual Formation held its first Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life,” Rich says. “Today, you are welcome to enroll in our Certificate in Spiritual Formation or simply take individual courses. There are no pre-requisites.”

We are excited to share our Spring 2012 classes with you:

Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life February 2-5

Explore the origins of the Christian Spiritual Tradition and study the formative elements of Biblical Spirituality, Monastic Spirituality, and Reformed Spirituality. Read more.

Wisdom of the Christian Mystics February 16-19with Carl McColman.

Mystics are persons who have had profound and life-changing experiences of the presence of God – and even of union with God. This course introduces you to some of the greatest Christian mystics, from well-known figures like Francis of Assisi and Julian of Norwich to lesser known (but important) individuals like John Cassian and Jan Ruusbroec.  Read more.

Sacred Listening: Group Spiritual Direction March 11-14 – with Lalor Cadley, Ann Neel, Patience Robbinsat Montreat Conference Center.

Sacred listening as practiced in group spiritual direction is a unique and powerful way of tending to the Spirit of God in our daily lives. Gathered in circles of five or six, we will listen for the deep stirrings of the Spirit, who is alive within, among and around us, in ever surprising and transforming ways.   Read more.

Living Prayer: Experiencing Prayer in Many Forms

April 26-29 – with Roberta Martin at Montreat Conference Center.

Spice up your prayer life! Experience God in new ways. This experiential prayer retreat will explore a variety of ways to actively engage with God in prayer through art, journaling, body movement, scripture, music and silence. Read more.

In the Warmth of Love’s Flame: Exploring the Sacred Mystery of God’s Love (Women’s Contemplative Retreat)  April 30- May 4 – with Lalor Cadley and Sister Kathleen at Sacred Heart Monastery, Culman, AL.

Communal prayer, relaxed learning, meaningful discussions, optional worship and work with the brothers and sisters, periods of silence, solitude, and rest. See article about contemplative retreats, in this issue of Journeying Together.  Read more.