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 Ed forum meets 11AM – 12PM at the A-Frame in the Sanctuary, 200 24th Ave South.
In Step with the Spirit: A Practical Path to Freedom
Led by The Rev. Ian Cron & Friends
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are a program for personal growth, not only for those in recovery from addictions but for anyone seeking a practical path to spiritual and emotional freedom. While you might not call yourself an "addict," you might find that applying the Twelve Steps to persistent problems in your life could provide you the relief you're actually seeking!
8 – Introduction, Why do steps work? What are the basic principles of AA, and how can we apply them beyond addiction?
15 – Powerlessness and surrendering the illusion of control
22 – Is God trustworthy?
29 – Self-awareness and admission
6 - Self-awareness and admission, continued
13 - No Forum (Parish Retreat weekend)
20 - Getting comfortable in our new way of thinking and being
27 - Allowing the true self to emerge
3 - Restoration
10 - Restoration
17 - Spiritual awakening and walking in humility, justice, and mercy
24 - Step 12, Taking the message to others
1 - No Forum (Thanksgiving weekend)
8 - Summary with conversation and small group discussion
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.