Preparing the Way

Looking Beyond America's Current Crisis of Faith

This Online Experience includes a recording of a conversation with Phyllis Tickle in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Academy for Spiritual Formation (2013).*

"I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" —Isaiah 43:19

The world is changing. In the midst of that change, religion in North America is experiencing significant upheaval. At the same time, there are numerous places where seeds of vitality and faithfulness have been germinating for the last few decades; places like the Academy for Spiritual Formation where God's Spirit is actively preparing the way for the next incarnation of the body of Christ.

Watch and listen in as Johnny Sears, Director of The Upper Room's Academy for Spiritual Formation engages in conversation with Phyllis Tickle, a leading authority on religion in America. Be encouraged by this conversation about the changing religious landscape; envision a future in which both Christianity's rich past and contemporary evolution are dynamically integrated; enter in as the spirit moves us closer to embodying the reign of God in the world.

This Online Experience includes eight 5 to 15-minute video segments with space to add comments and reflections. The Online Experience is designed for individual or small group use.

*Video was recorded during a May 2013 event hosted by The Upper Room in Nashville, TN.

Private eCourse classrooms with group rates are available upon request. If you are interested, email us at [email protected].

Your Instructor

Phyllis Tickle
Phyllis Tickle

Phyllis Tickle was the founding editor of the religion department of Publishers Weekly, the international journal of the publishing industry. She was frequently quoted in print sources, electronic media, and innumerable blogs and websites. Tickle was an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject. She passed away in 2015.

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