THE ACADEMY OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION
The Academy of Spiritual Formation is how we think about adult spiritual formation. We understand that seekers and learners come from a variety of backgrounds, ask different questions, and respond to a multitude of learning environments.
Within the Academy framework, we don’t do "one thing." We offer a plethora of formation opportunities presented by clergy, our community, or from our vast network of local and national teachers.
Here are some of the ways we do that.
TO LOVE AS GOD LOVES - Full!
An open invitation to be a part of a Lenten Reflection Small Group
Together, we will use Roberta C. Bondi’s book, To Love As God Loves, as our guide as we reflect on our culture’s basic assumptions about what it means to be a human being. As a university professor and author of church history, Bondi shares what she learned from the men and women of the early church – the wisdom, insight and practices that have been a continuous source of life for her and what she calls the greatest gift she ever received.
Tuesdays, March 1 - April 5 (excluding March 15th), 7-8:30pm on Zoom
Deadline to register is Feb 27 or until the group is full.
The power of a small group is strongest when each person commits to weekly attendance and preparation (reading and reflection), and to listening with openness and respect to each other’s sharing. For that reason, we are limiting this group to 10 people, in addition to two facilitators. Our facilitators, Debbie Dunham and Debra Hernandez, will offer a short meditation and overview to begin each meeting, and then facilitate our group sharing. This is a short book, and your reading and preparation time each week will be about an hour. We will meet on Zoom and plan to have a short orientation with each person personally before we first meet.
To register, or for more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and the subject “Lenten Small Group Sign-Up." Registration deadline: Feb 27 or until the group is full.
The book is available for purchase at All Saints for $16.
Read Chapter 1 for our first meeting on March 1st.
As in life, some journeys are meant to be taken together.
Travel down the well-worn path of spiritual exploration, reflection, and contemplation. Over a 2-year period, join a small group and mentors as they explore the mystical traditions of Christianity and other world religions.
Interested? For more information contact this year’s facilitators at email@example.com.
CHRIST-CENTERED PRAYER CLASS
"I will not leave you comfortless" (John 14:18). All Saints' presents, "Christ Centered Prayer (CCP)," a meditation practice of simplicity and silence. Instruction is given, no experience necessary.
Mondays from 6-7 PM via Zoom. Please contact Mary Carpenter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WISDOM CLASS: STOLEN FOCUS
Do you ever forget what you have read? Friends and I have discussed this, blaming it on the pandemic. The new book for the Wisdom Class, Stolen Focus by Johann Hari looks at this issue from all sorts of perspectives, including culture, politics, and technology (to name a few!).
We will start discussing Stolen Focus after Easter via Zoom. Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Pick a day you like!
Contact Jan Hilton for more information at email@example.com. Books are available for $21 from Jan. There are enough copies!
All are welcome!
THE GARDEN: AN EVENING OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Bring a poem to share, a song to sing, or some art to show. The work can be your own original creation, or you can share a favorite poem, song, or art piece created by someone else.
All are welcome--to listen, to share, and to connect to each other through our creative expressions.
As a security measure, registration for this event is required. Please email Alice Berecka at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE TRUE IMAGINATION WITH DIANE WEINER
"The True Imagination" with Diane Weiner aims to help you break-free of your usual mode of perception, allowing you to re-imagine your relationship with God and the universe.
To get the most out of this experience, you need to:
Allow yourself to be open to the sacredness and energy of spirit.
Be willing to let go of your previous vantage point and enter an in-between state in which reorganization can take place.
Be willing to experience what arises from the light of your being interacting with the light of God.
Realize that your deepest desires are sacred and contribute to the evolution of new creation.
Based on a section of Don and Diane Weiner's book, Beyond the Wonderful: Transforming the World with the Light of Your Being, this 6-week series at All Saints' starts Monday, May 16th at 7 pm with a Tuesday class option starting May 17th at 12pm. Each class is an hour long.
To register, please email Diane at email@example.com to register.
Participants are asked to mask and respect social distancing.
EfM (Education for Ministry)
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of personal renewal and spiritual transformation based upon individual study and practice.
Deeply rooted in the Christian tradition — yet, open to all — EfM invites us to engage in study, worship, and theological reflection. Guided by trained mentors, participants meet each week in a small group setting for a period of 2-3 hours. Over the course of 9 months, group members are invited to connect more deeply with God and our role in bringing God’s healing love to our hurt and broken world.
New groups begin in September and run through mid-May. All course materials are provided by the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
In compliance with current guidelines given by Bishop Reed restricting in-person gatherings, we will begin the 2020-21 program year by meeting virtually via Zoom. Meetings are scheduled from 4-6:30 pm on Thursday afternoons. If personal gatherings become possible at some point, any and all participants may continue to participate remotely if they choose. We are comfortable with a hybrid community experience and committed to making the new landscape as comfortable as possible for all of our members.