Since 1983, the Academy for Spiritual Formation® has offered an environment for spiritually hungry pilgrims, whether lay or clergy, that combines academic learning with experience in spiritual disciplines and community. The Academy’s commitment to an authentic spirituality promotes balance, inner peace and outer peace, holy living and justice living, God’s shalom. Theologically the focus is Trinitarian, celebrating the Creator’s blessing, delighting in the companionship of Christ and witnessing to the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives, churches and the world.
The Academy is a five-day experience of community living in the monastic tradition. The nature of the Academy requires full-time participation. The rhythm of the day is punctuated by:
- Worship – morning, afternoon and evening
- Lecture – morning and afternoon
- Periods of silence – morning and afternoon
- The Great Silence – overnight
- Listening Circles – evening
- Meals – in community
- Free time for rest, hiking, conversation and reading.
Curriculum and faculty are chosen for each academy. Past themes have included “The Way of Compassion,” “Rhythm of Life” and “Heaven on Earth.” These topics become alive through great faculty like Dr. Elaine Heath, Ray Buckley, Dr. Amy Oden, Marjorie Thompson, Dr. Frank Rogers and many others.
For a great description of the Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, click here.
The leadership team in Oklahoma is led by Rev. Kathy Leithner. Contact Kathy (firstname.lastname@example.org; 918/ 533-8218) with any questions you might have.
Other team members include Rev. Susan Southall, Rev. Dr. Victor McCullough, Marilyn Hugon and Katrina McBride. They are assisted by Megan DeCastro, Rev. Dawn Richard, Rev. Mary Irby and many others.