Spiritual Formation Events

Christ has called us to be his disciples, and as a community we focus on discerning and responding to this call individually and corporately, for the sake of the world.

Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be transformed to become the persons God created us to be by loving God and our neighbors more deeply. Spiritual formation is key to this transformative journey.

We invite you to join us on this journey, to partake of spiritual formation opportunities we offer throughout the year—practices, experiences, and disciplines for people of faith to deepen our relationships with God, neighbor, and self.

 

2019–20 Personal Spiritual Growth Opportunities

The Spiritual Formation Council hopes that these opportunities
will help strengthen your spiritual growth.

 

Academy for Faith and Life Classes
Path of Discipleship: A Lenten Study
Bible Study
Contemplative Retreats
Pilgrimage Trips
Labyrinth Ministry
Meditation

SoulCollage®
Daily Devotions

 

Academy for Faith and Life Classes

This adult education program has included courses such as “The Enneagram as a Spiritual Tool, ”“Many Names for God,” “Longing for God: Faith Development over a Lifetime,” and “Practicing the Presence of God.”

Watch for classes in the 201920 program year such as “Christian Meditation: Creating Space for Connection,” “The Cosmic Significance of Christ in Our Everyday Lives: Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ,” and “Spiritual Discernment: Listening to the Spirit.”

For information about upcoming Academy classes, click here.

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Path of Discipleship: A Lenten Series

Each year during Lent, the Spiritual Formation Council offers a six-week series focusing on a particular topic. Beginning with an evening meal and a time of fellowship, each evening includes a presentation on a portion of the topic of the series (led by one of our associate pastors), small-group discussion, and a brief closing worship.

Registrations open shortly prior to Ash Wednesday, which in 2020 is February 26.

For more  information, contact Vicky Curtiss.

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Bible Study

This year, the Academy for Faith and Life is offering “Foundation of Faith: A Year with the Bible, A New Bible Study with the Pastors of Fourth Church.”  For more information, click here.

Fourth Church offers a variety of Bible studies, meeting with different frequencies and at different times. Find one that fits your interests!

For descriptions of current Bible study opportunities, click here.

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Contemplative Retreats

Contemplative retreats are held at a nearby retreat center at various times during the church year, typically during Advent and Lent. Read below for more information on our next contemplative retreat!

 

2019 Contemplative Retreat

   October 11–13, 2019
   4:00 p.m. Friday–2:00 p.m. Sunday
   St. Benedict’s Abbey | Benet Lake, Wisconsin

—Sponsored by the Spiritual Formation Council—

Join friends from Fourth Presbyterian Church for a weekend contemplative
retreat at St. Benedict’s Abbey in southern Wisconsin. Guests are offered a place to rest, pray, contemplate, and revitalize our relationships with God. Spiritual renewal deepens our awareness and gratitude for God’s presence and action in your life.

Retreatants are invited to join the resident monks in the Liturgy of Hours (Divine
Office) and Eucharist in the Abbey Church as they desire. We will take our meals together in silence and sleep in single rooms with private baths. Linens are provided. The Abbey is easily accessible (just 10 minutes west of Interstate 94; carpooling can be arranged), yet it is also uniquely remote, surrounded by more than four hundred acres of woodland and rolling hills on the south shore of Benet Lake in southeastern Wisconsin.

Cost
$205 (includes six meals and two nights’ stay)
Register by September 26 at www.bit.ly/contemplative19

Questions? Contact Vicky Curtiss (312.981.3598).

Schedule
Friday, October 11
   4:00 p.m. • Opening Gathering
   5:00 p.m. • Eucharist
   5:45 p.m. • Vespers Dinner
   7:00 p.m. • Compline

Saturday, October 12
   7:00 a.m. • Vigils
   7:30 a.m. • Lectio Divina
   8:00 a.m. • Lauds
       Breakfast
   11:30 a.m. • Eucharist
   12:00 p.m. • Daytime Prayer
       Lunch
   5:30 p.m. • Vespers
       Dinner
       Compline in Private

Sunday, October 13
   7:00 a.m. • Vigils
   7:30 a.m. • Lectio Divina
   8:00 a.m. • Lauds
       Breakfast
   10:30 a.m. • Eucharist
   12:00 p.m. • Daytime Prayer
       Lunch
       Closing Reflection

For information about this and other upcoming retreats, contact Vicky Curtiss.

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Pilgrimage Trips

In the past, groups from Fourth Church have participated in pilgrimages to Iona, Scotland, and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. If you are interested in future pilgrimage opportunities—including trips to the Holy Land offered by other organizations—please contact Vicky Curtiss(312.981.3598).

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Labyrinth Ministry

A tool for prayer and meditation for those seeking God, the labyrinth in Buchanan Chapel is available for walking several days of most weeks. Hosted labyrinth walks in Anderson Hall are also offered monthly.

For more information and a schedule of open labyrinth hours, click here.

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Meditation

Those interested in meditation will find a variety of opportunities available at Fourth Church. Members of the Center for Life and Learning (a Fourth Church program for adults sixty and over) gather weekly for “Mindfulness Meditation,” and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being hosts weekly meditation workshops on Tuesday evenings. Each Tuesday morning, Sacred Pause—twenty minutes of meditative silence to begin the day—is held at 7:45 a.m. in Stone Chapel.

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SoulCollage®

Associate Pastor Vicky Curtiss—a certified facilitator in SoulCollage®—periodically offers a half-day seminar for participants to learn about and create SoulCollage® cards. SoulCollage® is a fun process that taps one’s creativity, intuition, and imagination to access inner wisdom. Using images from magazines and calendars, participants create their own SoulCollage® cards and learn how to work with them to grow in self-discovery and guidance. No artistic ability is needed, and all materials are provided. For more information, contact Vicky Curtiss.

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Subscribing to Daily Devotions from Fourth Church

Daily devotions, written by the staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church,
are available via email (sign up here or by clicking on “Get Email Updates” at the upper right or send addresses to devotions@fourthchurch.org).

They are also posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fourthchurch), Twitter (@FourthChicago), and online and are available in print (from the church literature racks).

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For More Information

Contact Vicky Curtiss
Associate Pastor for Mission, Fourth Presbyterian Church
vcurtiss@fourthchurch.org
312.981.3598

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