Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

What is the Five-Day Academy®?
The Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation is a program of Upper Room® Ministries, providing an opportunity for clergy and laity to tune their hearts toward God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, learning and reflection. Each day includes teachings by gifted spiritual leaders to deepen our walk with God, periods of silence, morning and evening prayer, Eucharist, and an opportunity to share with and encourage one another.

When and where will the academy be held?
When:  Arrival on Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3 - 5 p.m. Conclusion on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Where:  King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center, 700 North 66th St., Belleville, Illinois
a beautiful facility in a rolling and wooded setting
Phone:  618-397-0584

Does the Five Day Academy® qualify for continuing education credit?
Yes. If you choose to seek credit, you will be provided with the necessary form to be signed by the faculty. The form must then be submitted to the leadership team with a $15 payment at the conclusion of the event. A commitment to full-time participation by all participants is expected.

What does it cost?
If you register before February 20, 2019 the cost is $675 per person, which includes tuition, private room and bath, and all meals. Registration cost after that date is $700 per person. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. All registrations and payments are due by April 1. Clergy and laity may qualify for limited scholarship funds.

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, resident Bishop in the Wisconsin Annual Conference.
Bishop Jung previously served as Bishop for the Northern Illinois Conference. Currently he is President of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, and President of the Korean Ministry Plan in the United Methodist Church.
Bishop Jung earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as Chairperson of the Religion and Philosophy department in Kangnam University, Korea.
He was a participant in Academy 18, and has been faculty of the Academy for Spiritual Formation since 2003. His publications are “Celebrating God’s Love,” “The Future of the United Methodist Church: 7 Vision Pathways,” and many other articles.
“My prayer is that each day, we find ourselves growing more and more like Jesus in our relationships with others,” says Bishop Hee-Soo Jung. “More loving, more generous, more compassionate, more dedicated, more committed, more self-forgiving and forgiving of others, more in love with God, and more connected to each other and the world in which we live.” A native of Korea, Jung immigrated to the United States in 1982. He served pastorates in Texas, California and Wisconsin.
Recommended books: Judith M. Gundry-Volf and Miroslav Volf, A Spacious Heart: Essays on Identity and Belonging, (Trinity Press, 1997); and The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict, Arbinger Institute, 2006.

Dr. Amy Oden, Ph.D., Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality, Saint Paul School of Theology at O.C.U.
 Teaching is my vocation and I look forward to every day with students. I’ve taught at Saint Paul School of Theology (Kansas City), Oklahoma City University and Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC) where I also served as dean. Now I’m back at Saint Paul on our Oklahoma City campus as Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality. Most of my research has been an effort to make ancient voices accessible to current audiences (In Her Words: Women’s Writings in the History of Christian Thought, 1994). Two books have focused on the radical practice of hospitality in early Christianity (And You Welcomed Me: Sourcebook on Hospitality in Early Christianity, 2001) and its challenge for communities today (God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World, 2008). I see my role as helping Christians today access the spiritual resources of our tradition in order to live out God’s dream for the world. Recommended books: My recent book, Right Here, Right Now; The Practice of Christian Mindfulness (Abingdon, 2017), which traces the roots of mindfulness in Christian tradition and guidance for its practice today. Also recommended: Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited. (Beacon Press, reprint 1996).

Please Register: 2019 Five Day Academy

For more information: 2019 Five Day Academy Brochure