5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
Monday, May 4, 2015 to Saturday, May 9, 2015

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Camp Sumatanga

(334) 202-9440


Pat Luna, Retreat Leader

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 Psalms for Life: Praying Alone and Praying Together.

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


Dr. Roberta Bondi is a popular and longtime faculty member of The Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation and an inspiring speaker, teacher, and retreat leader. Dr. Bondi is professor emerita of church history at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is the author of nine books, including Wild Things: Poems of Grief and Love, Loss and Gratitude, a book of reflections and poetry on the death of her mother. Dr. Bondi will focus on the many ways the Psalms can be used as a tool for Christian formation and prayer. For centuries, people have turned to the Psalms for solace, guidance, renewal, celebration and so much more. The 150 Psalms reflect a wide range of experience and expression. Dr. Bondi will guide participants into a greater understanding of the Psalms and how to use the prayerbook of our forbearers to deepen our prayer life and our walk with God.

The Rev. Dr. Don E. Saliers is a United Methodist pastor, Academy for Spiritual Formation faculty, musician, theologian and teacher specializing in homiletics and liturgics. He was the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship at Emory University until his retirement in 2007. Dr. Saliers is the author of seven books, including Worship As Theology and Worship and Spirituality. He co-authored A Song to Sing, a Life to Live with his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the Indigo Girls. His sessions will focus on the use of the Psalms in corporate settings, including worship and small groups. The Psalms are both personal expression and communal formation, and Dr. Saliers’s lectures and worship leadership will explore this relationship in a number of ways, inviting us to bring our own lives and communities of care and ministry to the Psalms throughout the week.


Kathy Norberg
850-324-1015 or kathy.norberg@gmail.com

Pat Luna, Retreat Leader
334-202-9440 patluna@me.com


Total cost for room, board and tuition is $600. A $50 deposit is required.

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