Spirit Journey

Spirit Journey is a spiritual formation-renewal program of THE UPPER ROOM®, sponsored by the Center for Congregational Excellence of the Texas Annual Conference: Spirit Journey will be held October 17-19, 2019 at Lakeview in Palestine, Texas.

The Leadership Team has been working hard to prepare a meaningful retreat as we all learn more about “The Practice of Christian Mindfulness”

Faculty/Presenter: Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology.

Amy Oden lifts up a clear template for what lies at the core of all spiritual practice: mindfulness-a simple awareness within ordinary life of divine presence, here and now. “Christian mindfulness is the practice of paying prayerful attention in the present moment to God’s abundant life,” she writes. 

Beyond rooting the essence of mindfulness in Hebrew and Christian tradition, Oden takes care to distinguish from a biblical perspective what is distinctively Christian about this practice. 

See brochure for information on this year’s retreat.