The 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation


Sunday Evening, April 23-Friday Noon 28, 2017

at The Wesley Center, Woodworth, LA

Academy for Spiritual Formation

Sponsored by United Methodist Church Arkansas and Louisiana Conferences

The 5 Day Academy is:

  • disciplined Christian Community emphasizing holistic spirituality – nurturing body, mind and spirit. Intended for both clergy and laypersons who hunger for rich spiritual experiences.
  • A retreat following the rhythm of study, prayer, rest and community.
  • A setting where morning and evening prayer and Holy Communion frame each day.
  • A place to rediscover Christianity’s rich, spiritual heritage through worship, learning, and fellowship.
  • A time and space for learning, discerning, and sharing our spiritual journeys with others.
  • A time of learning new ways to deepen our relationship with God and learning how to live as faithful witnesses of God’s love in this world. 
  • A program of Upper Room Ministries providing a time of silent reflection, retreat,rest, and renewal for both laity and clergy.
  • A single page PDF handout designed to share with others is at this link.


 An Outstanding Faculty

Dr. Amy Oden is Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology, Oklahoma City, OK. For over 25 years she has lived out her vo- cation of teaching theology and history, and pursued scholarship in service of the church. Most of her work has been an effort to make ancient voices, especial- ly women’s, accessible to current audiences. Her most recent scholarship has focused on the radical practice of hospitality in early Christianity and its chal- lenge for communities today. She also teaches spiritual formation as she com- panions students in seminary.

Dr. Frank Rogers is the Muriel Bernice Roberts Professor of Spiritual For- mation and Narrative Pedagogy and the co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology. His research and teaching fo- cus is on spiritual formation that is contemplative, creative, and socially libera- tive. A trained spiritual director and experienced retreat leader, he has written on the interconnections between spirituality, social engagement, and compassion.

Daily Rhythm

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Registration with orientation, dinner, and worship.

Monday, April 24- Thursday, April 27
The rhythm of the day is embraced by morning and night prayer and enriched with daily Eucharist. Faculty present each morning and afternoon, followed by silence for individual reflection and then group response time. Evening Covenant groups offer time for sharing spiritual journeys. After night prayer, silence is observed until morning prayer. Ample free time for rest and recreation is provided.

Friday, April 28
Concludes Friday after lunch.


COST includes lodging, meals, & program.  Single-occupancy rooms with private bath for each participant.

  • Paid in Full Before Dec. 31: $625
  • Before February 28: $650
  • After March 1: $675
  • You can register and pay the nonrefundable deposit of $225 or to take advantage of special pricing you must pay in full by December 31, 2016. All transactions/prices include a $3 processing fee.

Register at this LINK.



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