Spiritual Disciplines and Prayer
June 24 – August 17, 2018
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Dwight H. Judy, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
1 CEU (upon completion of the course)
We are evaluating a new design so there is no registration fee for the first 16 persons to register!
This course will enhance your prayer life through the numerous ways we can listen and pray to God. The contemporary spiritual formation movement has brought to life spiritual disciplines and prayer forms that were practiced in the earliest days of Christianity. Join fellow pilgrims in praying with scripture (Lectio Divina) and Centering Prayer. Meditate on nature with the 13th century Franciscan, Bonaventure. Integrate intercessory prayer with contemplative prayer. Discover the rich heritage of John Wesley’s practice of the “means of grace.” Videos and audio tapes will guide us in these practices. Together we’ll read Marjorie Thompson’s book Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. We’ll imagine new ways to practice fasting, spiritual friendship, and keeping Sabbath.
This is a fully on-line course. There are four modules. You may take one to two weeks to complete each module, so you can adapt the pace to your personal schedule. Each module will have guided video and audio experiences, as well as reflections on Soul Feast. You will post your responses on Forums, that all participants can read. These posts will be asynchronous, so you can post at times most convenient for you during the module. Two live video conferences will be scheduled at times convenient to participants. Expect to spend approximately 3 hours on each module in reading, reflection, and practicing guided prayer forms.
Required text: Marjorie J. Thompson, Soul Feast: An Invitation to Christian Spiritual Life (Newly Revised Edition), Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-664-23924-4.
Rev. Dwight H. Judy, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is a United Methodist Elder (retired). During his ministry, he has served as a parish pastor, director of two graduate programs, director of a spiritual formation retreat center, a spiritual director, and retreat leader. Currently, he offers individual spiritual direction at his home office in Syracuse, Indiana; and at his campus office in Evanston, Illinois. He was instrumental in the creation of the United Methodist Certification in Spiritual Formation as a specialized ministry. He is author of six books including A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (2013); Discerning Life Transitions: Listening Together in Spiritual Direction (2010); and Embracing God: Praying with Teresa of Avila (1996). Dwight and his wife, Ruth, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017 and are parents of two grown sons.