Spiritual Formation

Iowa 5-Day Academy

A Five-Day Academy will be held at Shalom Spirituality Center, Dubuque, Iowa, from the afternoon of Sunday, September 29 until the afternoon of Friday, October 4, 2019. Ray Buckley and Susan MacKenzie will be our presenters, and Rose Blank is retreat leader. Others on the leadership team are Anita Bane, Christine Bruhn, Lyn Hopkins, and Terry Plocher. 


Click here to download PDF information and a paper registration form for the 5-Day Academy

"Spiritual Formation and the Psalms" – a 4-Hour Retreat


Would you or someone in your congregation host a 4-hour spiritual retreat? A 4-hour retreat entitled "Spiritual Formation and the Psalms" has been prepared by the Spiritual Formation Steering Committee of the IAC Board of Discipleship. The retreat has been offered several times with 15-25 in attendance at each.

The retreat is designed to give a sampling of an Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation. It opens and closes with worship. There are two brief presentations, silence for reflection, and group sharing. Host churches provide a snack or a light lunch during the break.

Consider offering this for the church’s leadership team, for the adult Sunday school classes, or for a cluster of UM or interdenominational churches in the community or area.

For more information click here, or contact committee chair Jerry Oakland at 712-730-0049 or jerry.e.oakland@gmail.com.


Two-Year Academies


First of eight quarterly sessions begins August 10, 2020

Oblate Renewal Center, 5700 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78216

Go to http://academy.upperroom.org/event/two-year-42 for additional information and application.

Scholarships available from various sources, including the Iowa Spiritual Formation Steering Committee of the Board of Discipleship (contact Rev. Jerry Oakland) – matched by the Upper Room