Since 1983 Upper Room Ministries® has offered a place for spiritually hungry pilgrims, whether clergy or lay, through the two-year Academy for Spiritual Formation®.
The Academy is an intense two-year program which brings participants together for 40 days (5 days each quarter) for worship, silence, covenant groups, and study. Sixteen courses for the backbone of the Academy; worship and small groups shape its heart and soul.
Once called "the best-kept secret in the United Methodist Church", an independent research study funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment confirms the Academy's effectiveness. Participants emerge with a deeper relationship with God, a better sense of self and soul care and more creativity and freedom for the practice of ministry.
The Academy’s commitment to an authentic spirituality promotes balance, inner peace and outer peace, holy living and justice living, God’s shalom. Theologically the focus is Trinitarian, celebrating the Creator’s blessing, delighting in the companionship of Christ and witnessing to the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives, churches and the world.
Academy #40 begins July 29, 2018, in Danville, CA at the San Damiano Retreat Center
Academy #41 begins August 27, 2018, in Gallant, AL at the Sumatanga Camp & Conference Center