Increasingly a focus on the spiritual life is being pushed out of the Mainline Church at the same time people outside the church are saying that they are "spiritual but not religious." When they say that, they are telling us that we are "religious but not spiritual" or "theological but not spiritual."  We will explore how to bring personal practices of prayer, discernment, centering, and and awareness back into the foundations of the church. We will also examine how we can be "spiritual AND religious AND theological" at the same time. The course is based on Graham Standish's 19 years of experience in helping his own congregation, and those throughout North America recover the spiritual vibrancy that was part of the original Christian church movement. The class includes material from Graham's books, but also much that has not been published to date. 

Instructor:  N. Graham Standish, Pastor, Calvin Presbyterian Church, Zelienople, Pa., and Author

Dates: Monday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. - Thursday, September 25, 4:00 p.m., 2014

Registration fee:  $375 (includes breakfast on Tues., Wed., and Thurs., and dinner on Mon. and Wed.; all other meals are the participant's responsibility).

To register, click HERE.

Required Reading

  • Anthony de Mello, Taking Flight, Image Books, 1990
  • Walt Kallestad, Turning Your Church Inside Out, Augsburg Fortress, 2001
  • Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer, Crossroad Publishing, 2009
  • N. Graham Standish, Becoming a Blessed Church, Alban Books, 2005 

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