Weekly virtual event promotes spiritual growth

December 29, 2021

A few months ago, the Adult Discipleship Team scheduled a nightly examination of conscious every night for a week, inspired by a Pray Together podcast by Rev. Sheri Ferguson, who recorded a message entitled "Prayer of Self Examination." Many of the participants requested that this prayer practice continue to be offered, so the Midweek Examen was started.

"Someone has said, 'The unexamined life is not worth living,' a proverb with which I agree and to which I paid lip service for a long, long time," said Rev. Roger Short. "I participate in the weekly examen because it helps me to act on my intention to be aware of God at all times. It gives me an opportunity to cherish the 'God-moments' in my life and to amend my attitude towards those I ignored or let slip through my fingers."

Every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., the Adult Discipleship Team offers an online meeting with a clergy or layperson leading listeners through a series of questions designed to bring each individual to higher spiritual realization. The meeting is open at 8:15 p.m. for a time of greeting and quiet discussion among participants, if desired, and goes silent at 8:30 p.m. for the leader to begin.

"I feel like I am always running somewhere. I need the opportunity to stop and pay attention—to be aware of God's presence and the way God is working in my life," said Rev. Donna Godwin on why she shows up every week. "This midweek pause in the busyness gets me through the rest of the week. And I like the other people in the group."

To begin an Ignatian Examen, participants are asked to become aware of God's presence. Through the series of questions with time for silent meditation, they will then be led to:

  • Look back on recent events.
  • Review these events with gratitude.
  • Realize how they fell short of God's desires.
  • Pay attention to their emotions.
  • Choose one feature from the review to pray about.
  • Look toward to tomorrow.
"The weekly Examen is a little like an accountability group for me," said Deanna Shotts. "It gives me a chance to look back over the week and intentionally notice where I have or have not been in sync with God and then focus on seeking His help in meeting the challenges ahead."

All are welcome to join the Midweek Examen, which is held online using the Google Meet platform. Click here to join. The link is the same from week to week, so you can bookmark it and set a reminder to join. You can also join through a link on the Conference calendar.

Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.