Experiencing God: The Quest for More
A Spiritual Formation Program in Chicago and the Twin Cities
Why a Spiritual Formation Program?
People are searching for meaning and purpose in life. It often begins with holy questions that mark the beginning of a deeper spiritual journey and call for careful tending and discernment.
Sometimes people find themselves in this place without an authentic spiritual community of like-souls searching in the same way.
This program dignifies the doubts, allows for questions and invites deep and wide exploration. It leans on contemplative traditions that have guided and shaped so many throughout history.
Some areas of exploration include:
- image of God
- spiritual autobiography
- how to be, not just do
- blocks to our relationship with God
- getting in touch with our deepest desires
- how to listen… to God, to ourselves and to others.
Deepening the Inner Life with Authentic Spiritual Community
This program is for anyone, anywhere who:
- desires a deepened relationship with God and to live out that relationship
- seeks authentic spiritual community and support
- welcomes the development or deepening of consistent spiritual practices
- is open to learn within an ecumenical Christian environment
- longs to be a transforming presence in the world.
Unit 1: Opening Our Lives
Explores spiritual formation as a process that invites us to open our lives – to God, to ourselves, to each other.
Unit 2: Being Shaped
Explores spiritual formation as being shaped by God’s transforming love – and how spiritual practices assist us in allowing God’s transformative work within us.
Unit 3: Becoming a Transformative Presence
Explores spiritual formation for the sake of ourselves, our neighbors and creation – how discovering our deepest desire and God’s invitations move us into action in our lives and in the world.
- Chicago Location meets two Thursdays per month, 7pm-9pm from October – May.
- Twin Cities Location meets two Tuesdays per month, 7pm-9pm from October – May.
- teachings from the contemplative traditions
- small groups, each accompanied by an experienced spiritual director to foster honest and deep sharing of insights and affects
- experiential learning in contemplative listening
Application deadline: September 1, 2017
Program cost: All fees can be paid in monthly installments.
- Early registration (by July 24): $935
- Standard registration: $995