7400 Floydsburg Rd
Crestwood KY 40014
Phone: (502) 491-7091
Fax: (502) 371-1091

3-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 to Saturday, May 22, 2021

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Nazareth Retreat Center
134 Main Ave
Bardstown, KY 40048

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Judy Stallons

A spiritual formation renewal program of The Upper Room, offered by the Academy for Spiritual Renewal Team of the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church & the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky.


Exploring Merton’s contributions in the areas of the true self/false self, the contemplative life, and his teachings on contemplation and action.

OUR FACULTY PRESENTER:   Dr. Loyd Allen is Sylvan Hills Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, as well as a spiritual director and retreat leader. He has been serving as faculty for the Academy of Spiritual Formation since 2002. He delights in the varieties of Christian spirituality that emerge in different times and places over the span of Christian history. Though most of his adult life has been spent ministering among Baptists in the South, he was baptized in a small Methodist church, which shared facilities with a Presbyterian congregation. Married to Libby, whose family is devoutly Roman Catholic, he has continued to broaden his knowledge and experience of Christian spirituality traditions throughout his life. He spent a sabbatical learning about and experiencing the Celtic spirituality heritage of Wales. He has since led numerous Celtic pilgrimages to Scotland and Ireland, as well as numerous pilgrimages to Israel. Taking the theme of faith as pilgrimage, Dr. Allen teaches Christian spirituality like a traveler telling stories about the places he has been or wants to go.

Recommended reading in preparation for our time with Dr. Allen: “Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation” (New Directions, 2007).

REGISTRATION FEE: $475 (double occupancy) After March 31, 2021: $525 for all rooms
There are a limited number of single rooms available on a first come-first serve basis at the $525 rate.

LEADERSHIP FOR THIS EVENT: Shannon Boaz (clergy), UMC; Rebecca Heid (clergy), UMC; Cynthia Insko (clergy), CBF; Bryan Langlands (clergy), UMC; Judy Stallons (clergy), UMC; Lisa Zahalka (clergy), CBF.


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