August 21, 2021



Out of the Silence: Let the Voices Be Heard
welcomes Ray Buckley Feb 1-4, 2022. His is a voice of human experience, family faith, and generational history, that promises to resonate deeply among us. [Read more]

Ray is Interim Director of the Center for Native Spirituality and Christian Study, and an author, illustrator, and teacher. He is of Lakota / Tlingit / Scots descent, and makes his home in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of Alaska, where he is a traditional basket maker and wood carver. Ray is no stranger to interactive Zoom and will come to you as an old friend.

Ray's recommended reading for our time together is his book, PRAYER: Spiritual Practices for Building a Life of Faith, published in 2019 by Abingdon Press.

August 5, 2021


Let me hear what God will speak, for God will speak peace to his people, to God's faithful who turn to God in their hearts.
Psalm 85:8

Out of the Silence: Let the Voices Be Heard is a theme that prepares us to recognize that we each emerge from diverse contexts with different experiences. As we share spiritual practices in community we are able to listen for God. The process of listening for God and each other helps us on the path toward wholeness and healing and to seek God's preferred future for all God's people. 

The theme emerged through Academy team consultation, dialogue, prayer and  discernment, and is offered as the focus for Academy participants starting Tuesday, Feb 1, 2022. [Read more]

The Academy for Spiritual Formation® provides a space and a community where we listen for God. This listening comes to us in times of silence and reflection, worship, prayer, the teaching by faculty presenters, and conversations in listening circles. Out of the silence, let the voices be heard.


PRAYER: Spiritual Practices f or Building a Life of Faith   by Ray Buckley (Abingdon, 2019) is the recommended reading prior to the Academy....