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 Forum fall series welcome a diverse array of speakers, and be edified by the union of hearts gathering to better know the God of our understanding. Join us and then head back out to love the world with a fuller and deeper knowledge of the holiness that BEAUTY, GOODNESS AND TRUTH reveal to us.
The Adult Ed forum meets at the A-Frame in the Sanctuary
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 200 24th Ave South.
SEPTEMBER - KNOWING GOD THROUGH BEAUTY
09/10: An opening discussion led by Ian Cron
09/17: Dave Perkins- a dialogue around the ways that beauty can become a doorway to spiritual transcendence.
09/24: Nita Andrews - noticing beauty and how that discerning can help us relate to one another.
OCTOBER - KNOWING GOD THROUGH TRUTH
10/01: An opening discussion led by Ian Cron
10/08: Retreat/No Forum
10/15: A.J. Levine- guiding our exploration of “What is Truth?”
The truth, however defined, is not always obvious. Luke’s “parable of the dishonest steward” (Luke 16.1-13 generously) raises questions of “truth” in various ways.
10/22: Don Welch -a guided discussion on how different assumptions about the Christian faith influence different understandings of "discipleship" among believers.
10/29: David Hutchens points us back to our experiences and help use these stories to supports the sense of community.
NOVEMBER - KNOWING GOD THROUGH GOODNESS
11/05: An opening discussion led by Ian Cron
11/12: Lee Camp will facilitate “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Reflections on Rowan Williams’ meditation on aesthetics."
11/19: Becca Stevens will lead a discussion about the connection between goodness and justice, using the story of the Good Samaritan.
DECEMBER - CONCLUSION
12/03: Ian Cron will lead a concluding discussion on Beauty, Truth, and Goodness in light of liturgy.
12/10: Scott Owings will help us explore how contemplative justice nourishes and informs Beauty, Truth, and Goodness.
"Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation..."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 7.00 to 7:30AM in the A-Frame chapel.