21 Dec 2017

Cultivate Cohort 5

CULTIVATE, the online spiritual formation course, will launch its 5th Cohort in February.  The Spiritual Life Development (SLD) Department is accepting applications now!!!  Learn more and find the applications below. God

24 Oct 2017

Our Restless Hearts

At most of our Spiritual Life Development retreats, we will use liturgies that we’ve created as a means to guide our prayer time. These liturgies serve several purposes. They expose

01 Oct 2017

Luther’s reflections on spiritual formation

Martin Luther is known for many things, but one aspect of his character that gets overlooked at times is his contemplative nature. Richard Foster describes Luther as “a man of

07 Jul 2017

SLD Summer Reading List

Hey friends and fellow companions, My kids came home last week with their annual “Summer Reading Lists.” This prompted our family to put together baskets for the kids with some

06 Jul 2017

To Belong

An introduction to The Daily Office To rise and sing with a congregation is powerful. There’s something deep and integral to such worship in community, where the words draw me

05 Jun 2017

A Sacred Space

My daughter and I enjoy sitting on the couch and together. A few weeks ago, she got to the last page in the chapter, close to 80% blank, and she said,

01 May 2017

To see God

Contemplation and meditation in active, others–focused ministry As a colonel in The Salvation Army, Samuel Logan Brengle wrote an essay entitled “The Mystic, Wondrous Universe in my Backyard (for tired

04 Apr 2017

Sabbath in Scripture

While the word for Sabbath (Hebrew: Shabbath, שַׁבָּת) doesn’t appear in Scripture until Exodus 16, Sabbath as a day of holy rest was given to us in creation as a

01 Oct 2016

This fall, take your rest

It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes and hayrides. It’s the season for hearty chili in the crockpot and a cup of apple cider. It’s football and falling leaves; it’s harvest

01 Jun 2016

Cultivate Young Adult

online spiritual formation course Do you want more from your spiritual life? Is your soul running on “empty” more than on “full”? Do you want to connect with God more

23 May 2016

FIRST: Intercessory Prayer

“Can you pray for me?” I’ve always taken this request seriously. I’ve never thrown out the words “I’ll pray for that” or “I’ll be praying for you” without taking them

01 Mar 2016

‘Before God and Men’

This month, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Chicago will literally dye a river green. College students will—well, they will do what they do. People will wear green to work and