IFD172 – Three Movements of the Spiritual Life: Loneliness to Solitude
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Where are you experiencing or carrying loneliness in your life? What might it mean to move to a place of ‘solitude’ instead? How do we open ourselves to God transforming us and easing this pain, and how do we nurture this change?
Using Henri Nouwen’s book Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life as our reference point, we will focus on the first ‘movement’ toward a deeper spiritual life — moving from a personal sense of loneliness to that of peaceful solitude. There will be reflections, readings and posting most of the days of the two weeks.
The second and third movements of Nouwen’s spiritual journey (Hostility to Hospitality and Illusion to Prayer), which deal with our relationship to others and our relationship to God, will be offered as additional classes during Lent. A discount of $15 is available if you sign up for all three. We would love to have you journey with us through all six weeks of Lent!
You will need a copy of Nouwen’s Reaching Out for this course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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As I continue to grow in my walk with God, I realize that each moment offers a new opportunity to live into solitude being comfortable with who I am, hospitality with others and the earth, and unceasing prayer with God. I am gradually learning how important each of these is in my life. Since coming back to a living faith in Jesus I have been able to glean from many important Christian traditions. Renovare material has helped me understand how all the streams fit into a life with God. In May 2009, I completed a Masters degree in Christian Spiritual Formation and am actively practicing Spiritual Direction. The woman I am married to and I are involved with various churches, including Presbyterian, non-denominational, Methodist and United Church of Christ.