Summer Institute 2016
June 13-24, 2016

Cost: For seminary credit- $480 per credit hour
Participation audit- $240 a credit hour.

Registration | Schedule | Housing and meals

Morning classes

Choose one, based on your year in the Summer Institute

Year 1: Spiritual Guidance in Life & Practice
1 Credit Hour
Instructor: Kevin Clark

Grounded in the understanding that God in Jesus Christ is inviting us to be reconciled- to God, to ourselves, to each other, and to God’s creation- this course is designed to offer learning in three areas: a biblical foundation and historical overview of spiritual formation; an understanding of spiritual discernment; and learning the practice of spiritual guidance. View syllabus

Years 2 & 3: Spiritual Directors Peer Group
1 Credit Hour
Instructor: tba

This class offers guidance for depth listening, reflection, spiritual discernment, and discovery in our journey as emerging spiritual directors. We will be engaging in spiritual direction conversations, and in-depth listening to verbatim. View the schedule

Afternoon Classes

Choose one based on your interest

Spiritual Direction II: Season of Impasse
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Kevin Clark

In this course we will pay attention to the formational journey and stages of spiritual development, with an intentional focus on the experience of the “dark night” or “seasons of impasse”. The questions we will explore are: How do we companion others as they encounter and embrace the profound and transformative work of God in impasse experiences? What are the implications for the ministry of spiritual guidance during such periods of life —for the individual and the congregation? Lectures, guided readings, reflections on life experiences, and issues arising out of the practice of spiritual guidance provide the setting for mutual learning. View the syllabus

Worship I: Spiritually Formative Worship
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Emily Peck-McClain

This course is about how to create and reflect on worship in congregations as intentionally spiritually formative. Topics will be in areas of worship theology, liturgy, communal spiritual formation, narrative nature of life, reading a congregational context, and tools for evaluating and reflecting on worship. View syllabus

Other Options

Home-based Practicum
Student engage in 50 hours of practice in leading spiritual direction or formation in their home area between August and May. Students will receive individual guidance from faculty based on their project. Students complete one home-based practicum each year of the institute, for a total of three, in order to obtain a certificate of course completion.

Oasis for pastors and spiritual directors
Eastern Mennonite Seminary offers a special program for pastors on summer sabbatical and spiritual directors who want continuing education. The Oasis program, connected with the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation provides opportunities for intentional guided reflection and prayer time or the option of sitting in on classes with no record. It also provides continued training options for spiritual directors. In place of coursework, Oasis offers intentional Sabbath and space. Cost is equivalent to one semester hour of study with no seminary credit available. Learn more about Oasis

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