Immersion: Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life


Come immerse yourself in the foundational course of our Spiritual Formation Certificate program that explores community-based Christian spirituality. Those who seek to nourish a deeper relationship with God are welcome to participate in any of the program classes that offer serious contemplation of historical, theological, and spiritual views as well as the practice of prayer, worship, and meditation. Join us and be refreshed!

The class consists of readings, lectures, group discussions, and personal reflection on your spiritual journey. Community and practical application of acquired knowledge are also a part of this experience.


Mary Lynn Callahan, Spiritual Life Ministries Director, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Spiritual Director; and B.J. Woodworth, Lead Pastor, Open Door, Pittsburgh, Pa.


Online Introduction and Book Discussion:  August 5-14, 2019

Face-to-face sessions: August 18-21, 2019 and September 21, 2019

Advance Preparation

Readings: If you are taking this class for personal enrichment, you are encouraged to read the books, but it is not a requirement for participation. For those enrolled in the Certificate Program for Spiritual Formation, please read the required books (listed below) prior to your arrival. A one-page reflection paper on each required text will be due the first evening of class.


An Invitation To A Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation, revised and expanded edition, M. Robert  Mulholland Jr., InterVarsity Press, 2016

The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality, Ronald Rolheiser, Doubleday, 1999

Living in the Presence: Spiritual Exercises to Open Our Lives to the Awareness of God, Tilden Edwards, HarperOne, 1995


Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality, 3rd ed., Bradley Holt, Augsburg Fortress, 2017

Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation, Martin Laird, Oxford University Press, 2006


Fee: COMING SOON ---(includes refreshment breaks throughout the course and all meals).


Details about lodging will be posted soon. Thank you for your patience.


Email or call 412-924-1345.