Spiritual formation is a rather general term referring to all attempts, means, and disciplines intended towards deepening of faith and furtherance of spiritual growth. It includes educational endeavors and prayer as well as the more intimate and in-depth process of a covenant group or spiritual direction.
The Adult Ed forum meets 11AM – 12PM at the A-Frame in the Sanctuary, 200 24th Ave South.
"The Gospel According to Saint Pinocchio"
What could the fantastic adventures (and misadventures!) of a beloved children’s character teach us about our own spiritual path? More than you might think!
16 – “Once upon a time” with Ian Cron
23 – “Real Self” with Ian Cron
30 – “Unreal Self” with Becca Stevens
7 - Fall Retreat: NO Forum
14 – “There’s no Business Like Show Business” with David Hampton
21 – “A Puppet Government” with Ian Cron
28 – “The Lies that Bind” with Scott Owings
4 – “Bad Ass” with Ian Cron
11 - “Whale of a Whale” with Ian Cron
18 – “The Shadow Knows” with Ian Cron
25 - NO Forum
2 – “Shadow Work” with Scott Owings
9 – “Letting Go and Keeping It Real” with Ian Cron
Spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults another about what it means to live with God in mind. Unlike counseling or psychotherapy, spiritual direction is focused not on problem-solving, technique, or intervention but on relationship with God, questions about suffering, the true self, and vocation. As Thomas Merton once said, “Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to pay attention to the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul."
Although spiritual direction has had a burst of new life in recent times, it is really quite ancient and simple. Throughout the ages and across faith traditions, we find people seeking guidance on how to choose appropriate directions in response to felt questions, leadings, and inclinations.
For more information, email Scott Owings at email@example.com.
Covenant Groups are small (typically 7-10 members), and meet together regularly (often weekly) for the express purpose of encouraging each other through honest conversation and prayer. For more information, email Scott Owings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that allows us to move beyond conversation to God to intimacy and rest with God.
Centering Prayer meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings from 8:15 to 8:45 AM in the A-Frame chapel.