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Beecken Center News

The Bible Challenge: Renew Faith and Inform Imagination

May 13, 2015

The Bible Challenge offers an option not only for private study but also for congregations to explore together how this ancient and fundamentally informing text, so taken for granted, so often used for good and ill, still has power for Christians to renew their faith and inform their imagination. The Bible Challenge, which offers a year-long course of study for churches and individuals to daily engage the Old and New Testaments, has been an instrument not only for scriptural literacy but also for awakening the immense human hunger for “the abundant life.” This path offers an opportunity to see beyond scripture as a set of prescriptions for the human condition or propositions to be explored: to see into the reality of Scripture as a record of divine-human relationships and to see ourselves as invited inside this great mystery.

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Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership

What do you get when you enter into holy conversations? What do you experience when you seek to listen from the spiritual heart rather than the ego-centered place of ambition, competition, and demand? What do you get when nearly thirty people–both lay and ordained–from seven states come together to share their experiences of ministry? You get the incredible space that was initiated in the first Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership workshop, held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tenn.

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EfM April Newsletter

EfM Newsletter from April, 2014

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Beecken Center Events

Who Am I Really? Discerning Aspects of the Soul Through the Spirituality of the Enneagram

April 20 - 22, 2017

Who Am I Really? Discerning Aspects of the Soul Through the Spirituality of the Enneagram, Sewanee, Tenn., April 2017

On April 20-22, 2017, the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, in partnership with The Institute for Conscious Being, will present an intensive weekend of self-exploration and study led by Joseph B. Howell, Ph.D., author of Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway, and the staff of the Institute for Conscious Being. Through lectures, dynamic presentations, music, video, group work, and more, this weekend conference will enable participants to immerse in the deeper aspects of themselves as revealed by spiritual truths, with the goal of finding that essential self that has been there all along.

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The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment: A Listening Hearts Lenten Retreat

March 14 - 18, 2017

The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment, a Listening Hearts Lenten Retreat co-hosted by the Beecken Center of the School of Theology, Univ

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer an intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. The retreat will include communal meditation activities, workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment, and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the elements that bring forth fruitful discernment.

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Journey to the Heart: A Christian Meditation Retreat

March 10 - 12, 2017

This contemplative retreat, hosted by the Beecken Center in partnership with World Community for Christian Meditation-USA (WCCM-USA), is an introduction to the practice of Christian Meditation, pioneered by Benedictine Dom John Main (1926-1982) in intentional communities of lay and professed monastics. The program will explore the teaching of John Main on Christian Meditation and the experience of the journey to our own heart that takes place through its practice.

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