SPELL Symposium

SPELL Symposium

SPELL Symposium with guest speaker, Nathan Foster
Friday Evening, September 22 in the Bridge from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost is $25 per person

“I want people to experience freedom in spiritual activities. The disciplines are an invitation—a response to God's love—and not a list of more things to fail at.” 

—Nathan Foster

Nathan Foster is an associate professor and Andrews Chair in Spiritual Formation at Spring Arbor University and a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor and Pastor of Spiritual Formation at 1208 Greenwood, a free Methodist Church in Jackson, MI. He also writes a monthly essay and hosts a podcast for Renovare, and speaks frequently nationally and internationally. He is the author of The Making of An Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines (2014) and Wisdom Chaser: Finding My Father at 14,000 Feet (2010). Foster is the son of Richard Foster, founder of the Renovare Institute: School for Christian Spiritual Formation and author of Celebration of Discipline. Foster will be joined in his teaching by Renovare board chair John Bailey, from Dallas.  For more information, contact Rev. Betsy Godbold.

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SPELL Symposium Mini-Session with Ruben Habito
Be Still and Know: On Being a Contemplative in Action
Sunday, October 15, from 3-5 p.m. in room 3204

Psalm 46 begins, addressing the Holy One, "YOU are our help in times of trouble." We in this 21st century live in times of trouble for sure, from many directions. This two-hour workshop will present a brief scenario of our wounded Earth community, and seek ways of responding from a heart of peace and harmony. We will consider what "being a contemplative in action" entails, and learn spiritual practices that may enable us to find inner peace amidst it all, and bring forth that peace to empower us in working toward global peace, and the healing of our Wounded Earth.  For more information, contact Rev. Betsy Godbold.

Ruben Habito is a Professor of World Religions and Spirituality and Director of Spiritual Formation at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Habito completed his doctoral studies at Tokyo University in 1978, and taught at Sophia University in Tokyo. The Habito Labyrinth at Perkins School of Theology was given in honor of Dr. Ruben L.F. Habito, by Dodee Frost Crockett and William B. Crockett, Jr., and was dedicated September 11, 2009. The Habito Labyrinth—a seven-circuit design, based on the 11-circuit medieval labyrinth in France’s Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres—is located in the Frost Marcus Labyrinth Courtyard Gardens at Perkins School of Theology. The labyrinth is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to anyone who seeks to walk the path toward peace.

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SPELL Symposium with guest speaker, Carl McColman
Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times
Friday Evening January 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bridge
Cost is $25 per person

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:27). These words from Jesus represent a profound promise — and speak to a need in the human heart which has never been greater. Everyone knows that these are challenging times; how do we live in the peace and courage that Jesus promises us? This event, which blends restful silence with nurturing reflections on themes such as rest, serenity, and courage, is designed to celebrate the peace that comes from God: a peace that provides lasting rest, but which also impels us to make our world a better place. For more information, contact Rev. Betsy Godbold.

Carl McColman is the author of several books on Christian spirituality and contemplative living, including Befriending Silence, Answering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. His popular blog, "A Contemplative Faith," appears on www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman.  McColman serves on the adult faith formation team of St. Thomas More Church in Decatur, GA and is a lay associate of the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. He first received formation in the practice of Christian spirituality and contemplative leadership through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. About his ministry, McColman said, “I help Christians and other seekers respond to the healing love of God through prayer, silence, and discernment, so to embody a joyful life of creativity, service and delight.”  He does this by passionately encouraging his audience to embrace contemplative spirituality, to drink from the deep wells of Christian wisdom, beginning with scripture and the wisdom of saints and mystics, and to apply such insight to the challenges and concerns of everyday life.

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SPELL Symposium with guest speaker, Marabai Starr
Friday Evening March 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost is $25 per person

Marabal Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. She is also known for her revolutionary translations of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich. Her commentaries on the interconnected wisdom of all traditions are lyrical and evocative. Starr builds bridges not only between religious traditions, but also between contemplative life and compassionate service, between cultivating an inner relationship with the Beloved and expressing that intimacy in community, between the transformational power of loss and longing for the sacred. Starr uses fresh, lyrical language to help make timeless wisdom accessible to a contemporary circle of seekers. A certified bereavement counselor, Starr helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She is author of the poetry collection, Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols, and the award-winning book, God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her newest book, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, received the Spirituality & Practice “Best Books of 2015” award.  She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.  For more information, contact Rev. Betsy Godbold.

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