Foundations in Spirituality is a serious reflective study that opens our minds and hearts to the teachings and life examples of the great Christian spiritual teachers that continue to deepen our present spiritual journey.
Christ will make His home in your heart as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.
- Ephesians 3:17
Explore the rich preaching of St. Dominic; the unbreakable faith of St. Teresa of Avila; the deep spirituality of St. John of the Cross; the life-giving wisdom of the Beguines; the fortitude of John Calvin; the daily prayerful life of St. Ignatius; and the lives of many more who continue to enrich our own faith and spirituality.
The course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer as grounding practices for living a richer spiritual life. Respond to the yearning in your heart for a deeper relationship with God by returning to the Foundations in Spirituality.
The objectives of this course are to:
- Grow in understanding and appreciation of the diverse ways God has been present to and involved in the lives of the great spiritual teachers and guides throughout history
- Encourage awareness, commitment to, and integration of the spiritual journey in daily life through writing and living a personal rule of life
- Develop an understanding of contemplative attitudes and presence as basic to living a spiritual life
- Provide opportunity for an introductory study of writings from the spiritual classics for the purpose of reflection, discussion, and personal appropriation
- Foster respect for the diversity in past and present theology and spirituality.
- To present basic principles and tools for discernment that are useful for personal, prayerful decision making
Until it is possible to gather in person, Foundations in Spirituality will meet via Zoom. Help is available for those new to this technology. You will receive details regarding Zoom prior to our first meeting in September.
- Registration: $600, plus book fees
The Foundations in Spirituality program meets Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm:
- September 21, 2020
- October 5, 2020
- October 19, 2020
- November 2, 2020
- November 16, 2020
- December 7, 2020
- December 21, 2020
- January 4, 2021
- January 18, 2021
- February 1, 2021
- February 15, 2021
- March 1, 2021
- March 15, 2021
- April 12, 2021
- April 26, 2021
- May 10, 2021
- May 24, 2021
Foundations in Spirituality was transformative for me. It expanded my understanding of who God was, is, and will be through exploring the spiritual practices and experiences of the mystics. I grew up with one narrow understanding of God. It was an image that was unsettling and distant from the Spirit that lives in me and I often felt like my spirituality was incorrect or even irreverent. The Foundations course gave me the much needed “permission “ to experience God's presence that uniquely dwells in My spirit, how the spirit communicates with me, and how I partner with God in bringing Love into this broken world.
~ Ruth N.