A program of Upper Room Ministries, the 5-Day Academy provides an opportunity for clergy and laity to deepen their relationship with God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, learning and reflection. Each day includes teachings by gifted spiritual leaders, periods of silence, morning and evening prayer, Eucharist, covenant groups and community time. Time for rest and recreation are also part of each day. The focus of this year's retreat is Longing for God.
The Academy for Spiritual Formation is...
- A time for intentional spiritual growth in a disciplined community of prayer, study, worship, and fellowship
- A place where times are set aside for silence to enhance personal prayer and reflection
- A life-changing experience to be shaped and formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others
- An opportunity to experience a daily contemplative rhythm of morning prayer, night prayer and Eucharist
- A vessel for healing, rest and renewal
THEME: LONGING FOR GOD
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” The writer of Psalm 42 had an intense longing for God. A longing as intense as that of a deer searching for water during a period of drought. Such a longing is intent on a single priority—finding and being refreshed by life-giving water. As Augustine wrote, "Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our souls are restless until they find rest in Thee.” The longing of the psalmist was an intentional longing for the person and presence of God. The psalmist’s soul was restless in its desire to fellowship with God. This retreat will intentionally focus on beginning to fill our longing for God.
Dr. Gary Furr
has been a pastor since 1979 and the pastor of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church since 1993. He is a speaker, writer, storyteller, songwriter and musician. Gary served for many years as an adjunct professor at Samford University. He is also a husband, father and grandfather. Dr. Furr will discuss our longing for God and how we can find God in the creative expressions of writers, artists, musicians and poets and through our own creative expressions. A human life is, like all good art, a place of exploration of the mystery of God and self. The exploration of this mystery will be the focus of his presentations.
Sister Dawn Mills
is a convert to Roman Catholicism from the Presbyterian tradition and the major superior of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. A spiritual director, retreat leader, writer, and storyteller, she is committed to promoting a lively and prayerful relationship with the Holy and seeking God. As part of a contemplative monastic community, Sr. Dawn has specialized in the study and practice of prayer and spiritual disciplines. The spiritual disciplines help fill our longing for God by opening us to receive and respond to God's love. Sr. Dawn’s presentations will focus on how the spiritual disciplines help us to know God and love God.
850-324-1015 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Luna, Retreat Leader
Total cost for room, board and tuition is $599 if registered by November 30, 2018. December 1-January 25, regsitration is $650. A $50 deposit is required.