Living Word, Living Way

Are you seeking support and enrichment for your daily prayer life?

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Join Shalem adjunct staff member Patience Robbins as she guides you through the use of lectio divina, walking meditation, the practice of gratitude, and intercessory prayers. Whether you feel like a beginner or want to deepen a particular prayer practice; whether you want to explore new ways of praying or are seeking the support of like-spirited others in an online setting — this course offers something for you.

Designed to be taken as a six-week, online journey, you may experience the videos and audio anytime now through January 2018.

  • Overview
  • Dates & Times
  • Cost & Registration
  • Leadership Packages
  • Testimonials

The sessions are experiential and will include:

  • enrichment and support for your daily practice through video teachings and audio guided meditations, contemplative quotes and images, and reflection questions for journaling;
  • encouragement for opening to God through a particular way of praying, offered through weekly teachings on Scripture (Lectio Divina), Movement (Walking Meditation), Gratitude, and Prayer for Others (Intercessory Prayer);
  • opportunities for journaling and shared reflection with other participants through a simple, secure, members-only web space.

Since each session builds on the previous weeks sessions, we encourage you to participate in all sessions sequentially. The online aspect of the course offers you the flexibility of viewing the course material at any time that is right for you. Through it all, your daily, silent prayer discipline is the most important aspect of this course.

Here are some other questions that may help you discern the rightness of this course for you:

Would you like to open more fully to God in your daily life?
Do you wish to develop or deepen a consistent spiritual practice?
Are you looking to connect with authentic spiritual community online?

If these questions touch something that you are yearning for in your spiritual life, then join us for the refreshment, vitality and deepening in prayer that is made possible because we are together in this expanded form of spiritual community.

Technical requirements: Adjust your email spam filters to receive emails from info@shalem.org. Once you register, your receipt email will have your link to the course page, which you can view anytime to access the material online from any computer, phone or tablet. Teachings are hosted by YouTube. Weekly reflection questions are offered for download viewing and printing. Prayerful technical assistance is offered via email.

For further information: Contact helpdesk@shalem.org or (301-897-7334)

Dates
Anytime now through January 2018.

Time
Flexible; once you register, you may access the material at anytime by logging into the secure course page: shalem.org/living-word-living-way/
Invitation to commit to 20 minutes a day for daily practice

Course Content
This course is asynchronous. You may access material at any time that fits in your schedule. Below is an overview of the timeframe.

Week 1: Where are you on your Journey?

Welcome audio: 11 min
Create a Prayer Space video: 5 min
Reading: “What is Contemplative Spirituality?”
Jerry May audio: 12 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 2: Scripture

Teaching video: 10 min
Guided Meditation audio: 12 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 3: Movement

Teaching video: 10 min
Guided meditation audio: 7 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 4: Gratitude

Teaching video: 11 min
Guided meditation audio: 8 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 5: Prayer for Others

Teaching video: 10 min
Guided meditation audio: 16 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 6: Reflection and Feedback

Closing audio: 7 min
Request for Feedback for Shalem
Silence and Reflection Questions

  • Regular Price $75.00
  • 3+ Group Discount - Contact Shalem with your group list $68.00
  • Leadership Package Discount Login Please

For Graduates of Shalem Long Term Programs

Are you part of a community that would benefit from Shalem online programs? Do you find yourself saying no to leading groups because you do not have time to prayerfully gather content? Would you like to complement Shalem’s online courses with an in-person component for individuals in your community?

Consider using our contemplative prayer curriculum in your congregation or faith group (at a discounted rate) as the starting point for deepening contemplative practices.

Overview
Gather a group of 10 members and receive a deeply discounted rate of $50 per person (plus your registration for free). Your group members can create a profile on our course space, access the course from any computer with internet and join the larger circle of contemplative seekers from around the world journaling about their experience. You will also receive a leader’s brochure with details of the course content to aid in facilitating the in-person time.

Price
Groups of 10 or more: $50 per person, one free registration for a leader
Groups of less than 10: $68 per person ($68 for leader registration as well)

To Register

  • Review leadership materials and gather your group.
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Sample Invitation Letter for you to edit and send along to interested participants

Further Information about the Leadership Packages

  • Create the in-person time as you feel led.
  • Contact ruth@shalem.org to share your plan and with any questions you may have.
  • Gather participant payment and contact information.
  • Leader pays for participants in one lump sum by indicating the quantity of the group during checkout and inputing the name and emails of group members.

Become a leader in bringing contemplative practices to your community
For more information or to register for a Leadership package, please e-mail ruth@shalem.org.

I learned how to quiet my mind, be still and listen.

This was my first online course. It was wonderful and I have already registered for the next eCourse, and will encourage others to do so.

Learn – experience – reflect – practice. The reflection questions provided for good end-of-day Examen. The weekly guided meditations were something I used daily and found they led me into that quiet space where God awaits and longings are met.

I found myself craving time with the eCourse. I would shut the door to my office at the church at different times during the day and listen to the teaching. It provided structure and balance. I would highly recommend this online course at Shalem.

A Graduate’s experience of a Leadership Package
Since graduating from the Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program in 2013, I’ve had a deep desire to expose others to contemplative prayer and lifestyle. The Shalem eCourse seemed like the perfect foundation for some of my directees and friends to experience the basics of contemplation and experience contemplative community via Shalem. I appreciated the freedom given to create the group as I was led. We met once before and once after the program. It’s been transformative for each of us. It’s been divine!

Enrolled in this eCourse?  Access the course pages here.