God is near, even when we are socially distant from nearly everyone else. During these uncertain times, author and Academy for Spiritual Formation faculty member Dan Wolpert reminds us to set aside time to create new life with God, especially now.
Recalling his own longing for a “deep conversation with God,” Dan encourages us to go beyond rote, formulaic prayers. In his book Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, he explains that “Life with God…is about taking on the mind of Christ, a process that is a journey, the journey of prayer.”
The Creating a Life with God eCourse gives participants:
- all essential content from the book,
- video introductions of each chapter, and
- audio recordings of guided practices.
From April 23 through June 4, Dan Wolpert will host LIVE guided prayer practice sessions two times each week.** You'll discover new ways to pray through solitude and silence, mind and imagination, body and creativity, and nature and community.
Join us in these uncertain times as we explore how classical prayer practices can help you create a new life with God.
**Live practice sessions are offered through Zoom on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. CENTRAL time and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. CENTRAL time. eCourse content is accessible any time and will be available indefinitely. Audio recordings of guided prayer practices are available for those unable to join the live sessions.
Recognizing that these are challenging days, The Upper Room is offering this online learning experience without charge. We invite those who are able to offer financial support by giving a donation to The Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation Scholarship Fund. Because of generous donors, we are able to share this eCourse and other much-needed resources without cost to people longing for spiritual nourishment in these uncertain times. To donate, follow the prompts you'll find at this link. Thank you!
Daniel Wolpert, a healer and student of the spiritual life, worked as a research scientist, psychologist, spiritual director, farmer, teacher, and construction worker before earning his Masters of Divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). Over the past thirty years he has taught in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation, led retreats, and delivered talks in such settings as the Art of Spiritual Direction Program at SFTS, the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project, national ministry conferences, UCLA, UND medical school, Luther Seminary, the 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation and numerous other settings around the world. He has also played key rolls in developing environments for contemplation and the formation of spiritual leaders as he has helped build or restore monasteries, theological schools, and retreat centers across North America. In addition to having full-time and interim pastoral positions over the past two decades, he also pursues his spiritual direction and healing work in private practice. Daniel is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (). He is the author of Leading a Life with God: The Practice of Spiritual Leadership (Upper Room 2006), Creating a Life with God:The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices (Upper Room 2003), co-author of Meeting God in Virtual Reality (Abingdon 2004), and The Collapse of the Three Story Universe: Christianity in an Age of Science (MICAH 2013) as well as numerous articles and book chapters on meditation and healing. Currently he is working on a new book on Spiritual Practice and Climate Change (Orbis expected Fall 2020).