Weaving Spiritual Practices


April 15 and 16, 2010

Weaving our lives together with the Spirit of God and one another, this seminar offers soul care with plenary talks and breakout sessions to invigorate the spiritual lives of individuals and congregations.

  • Do you want to explore your relationship with God through spiritual direction, faith sharing, and small group encounter?
  • Do you want to guide a faith community into the experience of God's grace?
  • Do you want to notice God in daily matters?
  • Do you want to participate in the Kingdom of God now?

Come learn how to weave spiritual practices into your lives, your congregations, and your world. Laity and clergy of all denominations are welcome!

An Evening with the Bishop: Thursday, April 15

William Hutchinson, Bishop of The Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, will speak Thursday, April 15, on "Holiness of Heart and Life." We will begin gathering in Kilpatrick Auditorium (in the Smith Building at the corner of King's and Woodlawn) for registration at 5:30, and dinner will begin at 6 pm. At 7:30, we will conclude with an evening prayer service featuring worship with Mark Sorensen.

Worship leader Mark Sorensen serves as the director of college and young adult ministries at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Co-author of When Will Jesus Be Enough? Reclaiming the Power of Worship, Mark has produced two albums of worship music.

Weaving Spiritual Practices: Friday, April 16

Rev. Jerry Haas will lead a one-day seminar on weaving spiritual practices in our lives, our congregations, and our world. Gather in Kilpatrick Auditorium for continental breakfast at 8 am and stay with us throughout the day for breakout sessions on lectio divina, congregational formation, urban monasticism, and simplicity. Carole Cotton-Winn will begin closing worship at 4 pm with Jane Knight and Mark Sorensen. See the full rhythm here.

Rev. Jerry Haas
Rev. Jerry Haas

During his ten years with The Upper Room, Rev. Jerry Haas has extended the ministry of the Academy for Spiritual Formation nationally and internationally. He now serves as Spiritual Director for The Upper Room's new Center for Spiritual Formation. He led development of the Upper Room's recently published Worshipbook, edited by Elise Eslinger, and he co-edited Rhythm & Fire: Experiencing the Holy in Community and Solitude with Cynthia Langston Kirk.


Cost for Thursday evening dinner: $25. Cost for Friday (includes breakfast and lunch): $50.

You can register online through guestapps.com. Please register by noon Wednesday, April 14.

You may also pay "at the door," but please let us know you are coming by calling 318.869.5156 or emailing email.

.7 Continuing Education Units available (.6 for attending Friday only)!


We are glad to partner with two local hotels to offer special conference rates. Please call by March 23, 2010, and mention the Christian Formation Conference to reserve your room at the conference rate:

  • The Best Western Chateau Suites has standard rooms available for $94.99 per night ($10 extra per adult per night if more than two adults) plus tax. Call 318.222.7620 or 877.845.9334 to make your reservation.

Planning Committee

The Christian Leadership Center at Centenary College of Louisiana is privileged to partner with the Academy for Spiritual Leadership, First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, and First United Methodist Church of Shreveport to offer this unique conference.

For More Information:

Jennifer Strange
Community Education Coordinator