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.

 

2020–21 Personal Spiritual Growth Opportunities

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

Path of Discipleship
Academy for Faith and Life Classes

Bible Study
Contemplative Retreats
Pilgrimage Trips
Labyrinth Ministry
Meditation

Daily Devotions

 

Path of Discipleship: A Lenten Series

Tuesdays, February 23–March 30
6:00–7:30 p.m.
via Zoom

For Zoom details, register at www.bit.ly/fpcpod2021

Space is limited, so please register by Monday, February 15.

Throughout the year the Fourth Church Spiritual Formation Council offers practices and experiences for people of faith to help us deepen our relationships with God, neighbor, and self.

This Lent, the council invites you to join them online for their annual “Path of Discipleship” series, a six-week Lenten opportunity to share in fellowship, discernment, and worship in preparation for the Easter celebration.

This year the Zoom series will be grounded in the book Entering the Passion of Jesus by Amy Jill-Levine (which is available online in ebook, audio, and printed formats). Our Tuesday evening studies will be led by the pastoral staff, and members of the Spiritual Formation Council and Adult Education Committee will facilitate small group discussions. The uniting theme will be “Faith and Risk.”

  • February 23: “Risking Reputation” (Matthew 21), led by Lucy Forster-Smith
  • March 2: “Risking Righteous Anger” (Mark 11:15–19; John 2:13–22), led by Rocky Supinger
  • March 9: “Risking Challenge” (Mark 12:28-34; 41-–44; 13–17), led by Matt Helms
  • March 16: “Risking Rejection” (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3–9; Luke 7:36–50; John 12:1–7), led Nanette Sawyer
  • March 23: “The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends” (John 13:5–9; Exodus 12:21–28; Mark 14:66–72), led by Joe Morrow
  • March 30: “Gethsemane: Risking Temptation” (Luke 22:39–53; Mark 14:32–42: John 18:1–11), led by David Handley

For more information, contact Carol Allerton.

 

 

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,” “Longing for God: Faith Development over a Lifetime,” and “Practicing the Presence of God.”

Watch for classes in the 201920 program year such as “Christian Meditation: Creating Space for Connection,” “The Cosmic Significance of Christ in Our Everyday Lives: Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ,” and “Spiritual Discernment: Listening to the Spirit.”

For information about upcoming Academy classes, click here.

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Bible Study

This year, the Academy for Faith and Life is offering “Foundation of Faith: A Year with the Bible, A New Bible Study with the Pastors of Fourth Church.”  For more information, click here.

Fourth Church offers a variety of Bible studies, meeting with different frequencies 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.

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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 Nancy Davis (312.274.3815).

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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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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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Subscribing to Daily Devotions from Fourth Church

Daily devotions, written by the staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church,
are available via email (sign up here or by clicking on “Get Email Updates” at the upper right or send addresses to devotions@fourthchurch.org).

They are also posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fourthchurch), Twitter (@FourthChicago), and online and are available in print (from the church literature racks).

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For More Information

Contact David Handley (312.573.3360), Interim Minister for Pastoral Care

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