Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is the activity of the Holy Spirit which molds our lives into the likeness of Jesus Christ. This likeness is one of deep intimacy with God and genuine compassion for all of creation. The Spirit works not only in the lives of individuals but also in the church, shaping it into the Body of Christ. We cooperate with this work of the Spirit through certain practices that make us more open and responsive to the Spirit’s touch, disciplines such as Sabbath keeping, works of compassion and justice, discernment, worship, hospitality, spiritual friendships, and contemplative silence. (Office of Spiritual Formation, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.))

What Makes You Come Alive?
Sundays, March 3-April 4

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman

Do you recognize the quote but not the name, Howard Thurman? Would you be surprised that in the early 1950’s Time magazine named him one of the ten most significant religious leaders in America (a list that also included Norman Vincent Peale and Billy Graham)?

Now, are you still wondering why you don’t recognize this man? When the Civil Rights Movement took shape in the United States, Thurman was a nationally recognized human rights advocate, though he did not take to marching and mobilizing in the streets. He preferred to serve as a caretaker and spiritual advisor to those who did, among them Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Marian Wright Edelman, and John Lewis. Dr. King was known to carry his Bible and a copy of Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited with him at all times.

While in India, a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi convinced Thurman and his wife Sue of the nonviolent path. Then while viewing the Kyber Pass they also became convinced of interracial, interfaith worship. Together they would work to facilitate The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, a church that Eleanor Roosevelt supported in its inception.

A mystic, a prophet, a mentor... Howard Thurman was this and more! Please join this six-week class on Howard Thurman: What Makes You Come Alive? as it begins on Sunday, March 3 and continues through April 14 during the 10 a.m. church school hour each week. Kay Love and Karen Hosch will facilitate this study using video and several of Howard Thurman’s books. 

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View the complete Spiritual Formation course catalog here