Number of weeks: 1
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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Take the Parable of the Prodigal (in Luke 15) and filter it through the prism of the classical stages of the spiritual journey (awakening, purgation, illumination, and union) and you have the basis of a most meaningful path of devotion and reflection through Lent. Join us as we observe “false self” in the younger (and older brother) in the parable… and the basis for its formation in our own lives. From there, we’ll explore the younger brother’s journey home… and the ways it can and does inform our common journeys home to our “true [and fullest] selves” in Christ. A combination of weekly devotions, video presentations, readings, online discussions, and personal exercises provide a deeper understanding and experience of spiritual formation on the way to a fuller appreciation of Easter and the new life it brings.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
After 35 years of active parish ministry in the East Texas area (including several congregations in Houston), the Rev. Dr. James H. “Jim” Reiter took early retirement in 2018 so that he and his wife, Kathy, could pursue their interest in spiritual formation on a full-time basis. Together they founded Zoe-Life Explorations (www.zoe-life.net). Through this ministry and a variety of other roles (including lead instructor for BeADisciple’s Certification in Spiritual Formation program, spiritual director, a ministry specialist in spiritual direction and in spiritual formation for the Texas Annual Conference and others), Jim’s mission is to facilitate discussions and experiences of spiritual formation for individuals and faith communities.