The 2021 North Carolina Academy for Spiritual Formation will be held October 3-8, 2021 at Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores, NC.
Right Here, Right Now: Christian Mindfulness
Dr. Amy Oden is Visiting Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology. She has served on the faculties of Oklahoma City University and Wesley Theological Seminary where she also served as Dean. Her scholarship illuminates ancient wisdom for contemporary life, including books on women’s writings, welcoming the stranger and most recently, Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness (Abingdon Press, 2017). Her passion is to introduce spiritual practices that can ground and nourish lives for justice in the world. We will explore mindfulness practice in the Christian tradition and its application today.
“The Parables as Spiritual Guides.”
Jerry Webber is a teacher, spiritual guide, writer, and retreat leader. After 16 years as a Senior Pastor, he founded The Center for Christian Spirituality at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, TX, as an intentional ministry of spiritual formation and contemplative life. He served as lead pastor and spiritual guide of The Center for 18 years. In 2018, he transitioned into the next season of life, continuing to companion people who desire a deepening connection with God that makes a difference in the world. He now offers guidance to congregations and persons in contemplative life through spiritual direction, speaking, writing, and consulting.
Jerry now resides with Paula, his wife, in Bella Vista, Arkansas, where he enjoys spending time outdoors, reading and writing poetry, and hanging out with his grandchildren.