SPIRITUAL FORMATION


The nature of the spiritual journey is a movement towards a deeper relationship with God whereby one gradually lives into the gifts of the Spirit as witnessed in Galatians 5:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, and balance

To help foster this growth, the Charlotte Spirituality Center offers a six-month series to the public for spiritual formation with the hope of building community and enlivening spiritual renewal while deepening awareness of God’s action in one’s life and in the world.  It is a wonderful introduction to the Charlotte Spirituality Center and is also a prerequisite for individuals entering into the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program.

Monthly Topics include:

Understanding Spirituality
The first meeting will begin with the differences between religion and spirituality.  Religion is a container, a crucible for spirituality, the experience of God, which keeps it grounded and anchored in reality.  Then, through listening and journaling, and through contemplation and sharing, we will explore the spiritual journey and the longing we feel for a deeper relationship with God.
Guest presenters: Interfaith panel from the Charlotte community. 

Incarnational Spirituality
It was God’s choice to become human, to take on the limitations that were implied.  Yet, it is in this action that God raises our human potential.  What can we learn from the Incarnation?  We will be delving into the meaning of soteriology, Jesus’ baptism, and ministry from an incarnational/Ignatian point of view.
Short film with discussion.

Daring to Follow Jesus
Having contemplated the meaning of Jesus’ life, we now turn to the question of how we are called to follow his ways of peace, love, justice, simplicity, and non-violence.   How and what am I invited by God to live, to be?
Guest presenter:  Greg Jarrell, Family Tree Intentional Community.

Creating our Spiritual Autobiography
This class is designed to equip you with the skills to write the story of your life with the Holy.  A spiritual experience that will focus on your life’s journey, this writing will include reflections on significant events, people and places that have influenced your relationship with God, others and yourself.
Guest presenter:  Dr. Barbara L. Peacock, BLP Ministries

Ecological Spirituality
Ecological spirituality begins, as any spirituality must, by authenticating conscientious practice.  This class will focus on being collaborators with our Creator as we discover what it means to be a caring steward of the earth.
Guest presenter:  Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, RSM, certified climate ambassador.

Celtic Spirituality
Shrouded in legend and imbued with romance, the Celtic lands have produced a surprising number of saints and spiritual guides, both ancient and contemporary.  In our day, as Christians seek ways to care for God's good creation, a healthy and balanced relationship between men and women, and a spirituality that links the quest for holiness with an embodied sense of the love of God — again and again, the Celts emerge as meaningful and sure-footed guides.  Themes such as hospitality, pilgrimage, the sacredness of nature and the loving presence of the Divine mystery will inform our conversation and our shared prayer.
Guest presenter:  Carl McColman is a renowned author, speaker and professed lay Cistercian at Holy Spirit Monastery.  (www.carlmccolman.net).  This session will also be open to the public.

This series is also included in Year One of the Spiritual Direction Program.

The Charlotte Spirituality Center does not discriminate against qualified applicants or students on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identification, sexual preference, marital status, veteran status, or ability, and abides by the Non-Discrimination Policy set in place by law.