EngagingSpirituality is a spiritual deepening process for adult Christians bringing the power of the Holy Spirit to bear upon the needs of our world. Participants reflect on the wisdom teachings of our tradition as they prayerfully break open their lives.
Out to the light
Nurtured by the spiritual practices of centering, prayerful listening, spiritual reading, and outreach, participants seek to apply the teachings of Jesus to the struggles of our world.
Into the dark
Reflecting on the wisdom of contemporary spiritual leaders, participants make space to enter into suffering and darkness with a listening heart.
Down to earth
Grounded in the Beatitudes, participants explore the power of blessing, becoming a humble, transforming presence in this blessed and broken world.
Groups are co-facilitated by two participants from the group. JustFaith Ministries creates rich, reflective resources that allow co-facilitators to open a sacred space for participants to listen and share from the heart.
EngagingSpirituality comprises twenty-one 2½-hour sessions, located in a space suited to the intimacy of quiet prayer and reflection. Every session includes Centering Prayer, guided meditation, lectio divina (sacred reading), dialogue, and the deepening of relationships.
Central to this process is the Spirit-stirring that is revealed through the depth of sharing in each small community. Participants read five spiritual texts, maintain a prayer journal, reflect on the wisdom of 25 spiritual teachers, and view three inspiring DVDs.
Each of the three phases of this process is marked by a retreat or immersion experience. This includes a one-day Immersion and a one-day Justice Pilgrimage to local sites. During these “retreats on the street,” participants awaken to the wonders and bear witness to the wounds of the world around them.
Opening and Commissioning Retreats frame this process. These include three uniquely commissioned essays. Each gathering includes a Bearings Letter: the personal testimony of an author, teacher, contemplative, or activist. All participants create and share their own “Bearings” testimony.
ENGAGING SPIRITUALITY TESTIMONIALS
What They’re Saying
Before EngagingSpirituality, I think I was always working from my own agenda. I am disciplining myself to practice contemplative prayer and intentional listening that may help me honor God’s wild dream first.
– Teresa S., Virginia Beach, VA
Affordable Pricing for Groups
- Comprehensive materials and session guides
- Facilitation guidance
- Retreat and Immersion guidance
- Direct access to program staff for support
Other program costs include books and a prayer journal for participants with an estimated total cost of $92/person. Groups purchase three DVDs for an estimated cost of $63.
Available in our bookstore
Still in The Storm: Reflections for Engaging Spirituality in times like these
Frequently Asked Questions
EngagingSpirituality picks up the trajectory of Jesus’ prophetic ministry and mission. It calls participants to engage injustice with a spirit of compassion, opening their lives to Gospel-based justice and peace. It invokes the disturbing and unsettling Holy Spirit that rouses people from complacency. It demands a willingness to cultivate a wider and more tender heart, an open mind, and a deeper connection to struggling people and vulnerable life.
Guided by a comprehensive script (written for two voices) and outlines for every gathering, two or more co-facilitators lead the group through this process. This process hinges on a team of co-facilitators who hold open a sacred space for prayerful listening and sharing. The most important quality of a co-facilitator is a desire and willingness to listen and be led.
Session materials provide detailed step-by-step guidance for every aspect of this process and JustFaith Ministries staff is also available, as needed.
The optimum size for an EngagingSpirituality group is 8–10 people (including facilitators).
Most groups meet weekly. Some meet every other week.
No. Program fees and resources provide only about 25% of the cost of program development and maintenance. The majority of the cost of each program is provided by generous donations from past program participants. We are also sustained by the support of our partner organizations and grants. JustFaith Ministries relies on these partners to make sure all programs are affordable for churches, organizations, and individuals who want to participate in our mission.