Workshop Details

Listening to God (morning)
The Blessing Needed by the Next Generation (afternoon)
Tom Albin, Dean of The Upper Room Chapel and Ecumenical Relations

An Ancient Dance for the Ancient of Days
Robert Benson, Author and Retreat Leader
This session will explore liturgical prayer and lead participants to discover a lively prayer life in and out of morning, evening and night prayers.

A Deeper Prayer
Young Jin Cho, Retired Bishop
In our prayer life it is not enough to just say hello to God. Prayer is more than asking God to give us something we need. Is our prayer a monologue or a dialogue with God? What is a deeper prayer and how can our prayer life go deeper? Why is silence important for a deeper prayer?

The Lord’s Prayer
R.G. Wilson-Lyons, Associate Pastor, Birmingham First UMC
It was the custom of ancient Jewish rabbis to teach their disciples a prayer as a summary of their teaching. The Lord’s Prayer, then, teaches us that prayer is both communion with God and living into that which God calls us to be. In this session, we will explore how the themes in the Lord’s Prayer demonstrate major themes of Jesus’ life and teachings, what it means to live into this prayer, and how this prayer can be the foundation for our Christian journey.

All Hail the Power in Jesus’ Name
Terry Teykl, Author, Pastor and Seminar Leader
This is how we should pray: “In Jesus Name…” There is just something about that Name and we desire to know it. This workshop is about the privilege and power of praying in Jesus’ Name. Praying in His Name grants fruitfulness in prayer-evangelism, invites vital breakthroughs and causes signs and wonders in ministry. May we never pray and take His Name in vain.


Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Dana Trent, Adjunct Faculty in Religion, Wake Technical Community College
Are you longing to deepen your spiritual practice? This workshop will explore how the spiritual practice of intentional writing can be used as prayer working with three tools: Lectio Divina, The Morning Pages, and Ignatian Examen Journaling. This workshop will also allow time for writing, silence, reflection and brief sharing/discussion.

Practicing the Holy Habit of Prayer
Debra Wallace-Padgett, Bishop of the North Alabama Conference
Why is prayer important?  How does prayer affect the one praying? During this session Bishop Wallace-Padgett will share why she places a high priority on her prayer life and describe some of the prayer practices that she finds most meaningful.

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