Scholarships available for Academy for Spiritual Formation

February 22, 2016
The Academy for Spiritual Formation® is an in-depth experience in Christian spiritual formation for clergy and laity. Academy #38 begins Aug. 9, 2016. All sessions will be at the Saint Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska.
As a way to help participants from our Conference benefit from this unique offering, the Upper Room is offering the matching grant program which will provide up to $5,000 to help individuals from our Conference participate.
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We are invited to identify up to five persons in our Conference (clergy or lay) whom we feel could benefit from this program and who would be a benefit to others. After they’ve applied and been accepted into the Academy (usually routine), The Upper Room will match the Conference support up to $1000 per participant and up to $5000 total per Conference.
The Academy is an intense two-year program that brings participants together for 40 days (5 days each quarter) for worship, silence, covenant groups and study.  Sixteen courses form the backbone of the Academy; worship and small groups shape its heart and soul.  Once called “the best kept secret in the United Methodist Church,” an independent research study funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment confirms the Academy’s effectiveness.*  Participants emerge with a deeper relationship with God, a better sense of self- and soul-care and more creativity and freedom for the practice of ministry.
While ecumenical in outreach, the Academy is Wesleyan in spirit, balancing an emphasis upon personal and social holiness. During the first year, emphasis is placed on deepening one’s life in Christ; during the second year participants are encouraged to focus on engaging the needs of the world. Disciplines of body (health and wellness) as well as mind and spirit (lectures and worship) provide renewed vitality on many levels.  
If you are interested in the Academy and scholarship program, please contact Rev. Youngsook Kang at
More information about the Academy for Spiritual Formation, including the dates for all eight sessions, is available on the Academy website. Copies of our brochure and prospectus are available online or upon request by emailing