Who We Are ...
The Academy for Spiritual Formation® was developed by The Upper Room® after more than five years of research, study, and prayer. With ecumenical program ministries like The Living Prayer Center®, and through the pages of publications like The Upper Room® daily devotional guide and Weavings®, The Upper Room® seeks to nurture the spiritual lives of pilgrims around the world.
What is this longing that fills our hearts and minds, and sometimes leaves us restless for change? As Christians, we understand our deepest joy comes as we journey into the heart, mind, and will of Christ. In times of transition, or when we are bored or tired, we need a sacred place to rest and to continue this journey. So where do we go? And who will guide us on this path?
Since 1983, The Upper Room® has offered a place for spiritually hungry pilgrims, whether clergy or lay, through the two-year Academy for Spiritual Formation®. Participants spend forty days in residence (five days every three months), with the first year dedicated to deepening one's own life in Christ.
During the second year, the focus shifts to outward aspects of leadership while participants continue to engage in spiritual practices of body, mind, and spirit in the context of a supportive community.
The Academy's commitment to an authentic spirituality promotes balance, inner peace and outer peace, holy living and justice living, God's shalom. Theologically the focus is Trinitarian, celebrating the Creator's blessing, delighting in the companionship of Christ and witnessing to the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives, churches and the world.On July 23, 2017, The Academy for Spiritual Formation® will offer it's 39th two-year program to all who hunger for a deeper spiritual experience of the Christian faith.
Worship, silence, reflection, covenant groups -- all lead deeper and deeper into the struggles and joys of communal life. We begin as individuals, seeking to find a place for our own soul's journey. Along the way, we discover there are other pilgrims who share our longing.
We welcome you to share information about Academy #39 with anyone who may be looking for this unique experiential opportunity in spiritual formation and community.
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