Oasis

Oasis is for two groups of people, pastors and church leaders on sabbatical and spiritual directors looking for continuing education and support.

The Oasis program is connected with the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation

For pastors

In place of coursework, Oasis offers intentional Sabbath and space for pastors and church leaders. They may use Oasis time for soul care and reflection, accompanied by one-on-one guidance in spiritual reading, discernment, and spiritual direction as desired, or by doing a directed study focusing on a spiritual formation subject area of personal or ministry interest. They may also sit in on classes, worship and other parts of the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation. Read a 2009 article about one pastor’s experience www.emu.edu/seminary/features/oasis

For spiritual directors

Spiritual directors who have completed a training program may continue their education during Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation without credit or record. They may participate in morning and evening worship and retreat day. Mornings will be free for personal reading or silence, or for experiential training in supervision of spiritual directors.

Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Oasis program run at the same time. Participants may reserve space on campus for any of the above options for one week or two full weeks. For information contact Director Linda Alley at or 540-432-4698. Cost is equivalent to one semester hour of study with no seminary record or credit. Meals and housing are available at an additional cost.