January 30 – February 1, 2020
In this two-part educational and experiential series we'll explore two aspects of congregational vitality: cultivating practices that invite Christ’s indwelling presence in both ordained leaders and in communities, and processes for creating dynamic and transformative worship that stirs the senses and opens the heart. Participants will leave refreshed, inspired, and prepared with tools and resources for engaging ministry.
March 6 – 7, 2020
God’s love raises us from the dead. Not only from the tombs where our remains will be laid to rest, but from the various graves we dig for ourselves in our daily lives. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus is more than asserting a fact about the past or clinging to a hope about the afterlife. It is also a commitment to being transformed by God’s love in our daily lives. We will discuss what we mean by the resurrection, how to lean into the resurrection, and what a resurrection-shaped life looks like.
March 2 – 6, 2020
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer two intensive, four-day retreats to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. Held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee, the retreats 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. Both retreats offer the same content. We are offering two retreats in order to accommodate the schedules of those who would like to attend.