This event’s theme is “Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life.” Spiritual formation courses fulfill the requirements to complete the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and are also open to anyone who is interested in taking classes as an occasional participant.
April 19–22, 2020
Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life is for those seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with the triune God. The retreat provides grounding in Old and New Testament spirituality, monastic spirituality, and introduces classic spiritual practices. Guided meditative journaling, a creative process for life review and preparation for writing a spiritual autobiography will be used throughout the course. The schedule includes small group conversations as well as space for personal prayer and reflection.
Participants are encouraged to begin preparation for the retreat 1-2 months in advance by reflectively reading and then writing a one-page reflection on each of the following books:
- Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, 2014 newly revised edition by Marjorie Thompson
- Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries by Gerald L. Sittser
Detailed reading and writing guidelines will be provided upon registration.
This is the foundational course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Credit toward the certificate will be given to all who complete the pre-and post-retreat reading and writing assignments in addition to participating in the retreat.