Spiritual Formation Events

Christ has called us to be his disciples, and as a community we focus on discerning and responding to this call individually and corporately, for the sake of the world.

Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be transformed to become the persons God created us to be by loving God and our neighbors more deeply. Spiritual formation is key to this transformative journey.

We invite you to join us on this journey, to partake of spiritual formation opportunities we offer throughout the year—practices, experiences, and disciplines for people of faith to deepen our relationships with God, neighbor, and self.

 

2019 Personal Spiritual Growth Opportunities

The Spiritual Formation Council hopes that these opportunities
will help strengthen your spiritual growth.

 

Academy for Faith and Life Classes
Bible Study
Contemplative Retreats
Pilgrimage Trips
Labyrinth Ministry
Lenten Path of Discipleship Series
Meditation

SoulCollage®

 

Academy for Faith and Life Classes

This adult education program has included courses such as “The Enneagram as a Spiritual Tool, ”“Many Names for God,” and “Longing for God: Faith Development over a Lifetime.”

For information about upcoming Academy classes, click here.

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Bible Study

Fourth Church offers a variety of Bible studies, meeting with different frequenices and at different times. Find one that fits your interests!

For descriptions of current Bible study opportunities, click here.

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Contemplative Retreats

Contemplative retreats are held at a nearby retreat center at various times during the church year, typically during Advent and Lent.

For information about upcoming retreats, contact Vicky Curtiss.

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Pilgrimage Trips

In the past, groups from Fourth Church have participated in pilgrimages to Iona, Scotland, and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. If you are interested in future pilgrimage opportunities—including trips to the Holy Land offered by other organizations—please contact Vicky Curtiss(312.981.3598).

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Labyrinth Ministry

A tool for prayer and meditation for those seeking God, the labyrinth in Buchanan Chapel is available for walking several days of most weeks. Hosted labyrinth walks in Anderson Hall are also offered monthly.

For more information and a schedule of open labyrinth hours, click here.

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Lenten Path of Discipleship Series

Tuesdays, March 12–April 16
6:00–8:30 p.m.

Cost: $65 to cover the meals.
(Scholarship aid is available.) 

Space is limited, so please register online soon!

Hosted by the Spiritual Formation Council, “Path of Discipleship” is a six-week Lenten series of gatherings that explores and applies particular spiritual practices that can deepen our faith journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

This year the series focus is the book Forgiveness: A Lenten Study by Marjorie Thompson. The expectation is that participants will buy their own book and attend all gatherings. (No new participants may register after the series begins.)

Each Tuesday we begin with a shared catered meal, followed by a forty-five-minutes presentation by one of our associate pastors. There is time for Q and A followed by an additional forty-five minutes in small groups sharing thoughts and reflections about the topic. (Participants are in the same small group throughout.) A short worship service concludes each evening. 


March 12
In advance of the first week, please read the introduction and the first chapter of the book.

“Beginnings: A Kinship Appeal”
Led by Lucy Forster-Smith

March 19
“Self-Examination: Prelude to Forgiveness
Led by Nanette Sawyer

March 26

“Honesty: Engaging the Inner Struggle”
Led by Rocky Supinger

April 2

“Repentance: Getting a New Mind”
Led by Joe Morrow

April 9

“Forgiving: Embracing Freedom
Led by Judy Watt

April 16

“Beginning Again: Reconciliation” 
Led by Matt Helms

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Meditation

Those interested in meditation will find a variety of opportunities available at Fourth Church. Members of the Center for Life and Learning (a Fourth Church program for adults sixty and over) gather weekly for “Mindfulness Meditation,” and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being hosts weekly meditation workshops on Tuesday evenings. Each Tuesday morning, Sacred Pause—twenty minutes of meditative silence to begin the day—is held at 7:45 a.m. in Stone Chapel.

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SoulCollage®

Associate Pastor Vicky Curtiss—a certified facilitator in SoulCollage®—periodically offers a half-day seminar for participants to learn about and create SoulCollage® cards. SoulCollage® is a fun process that taps one’s creativity, intuition, and imagination to access inner wisdom. Using images from magazines and calendars, participants create their own SoulCollage® cards and learn how to work with them to grow in self-discovery and guidance. No artistic ability is needed, and all materials are provided. For more information, contact Vicky Curtiss.

 


For More Information

Contact Vicky Curtiss
Associate Pastor for Mission, Fourth Presbyterian Church
vcurtiss@fourthchurch.org
312.981.3598

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