Making Peace with God
Do you want to make peace with God?
Are you called to form urban leaders?
Do you want to be part of a global conversation?
Are you looking for a way to become more human?
IF SO, THIS ONE YEAR INTENSIVE FELLOWSHIP IS IDEAL FOR YOU. IT IS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PRACTICE DOING THEOLOGY FROM BELOW AND FORM OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. TOGETHER, WE BECOME CONTEMPLATIVE ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE A WAY OF SEEING, DOING AND BEING THAT FREES US TO DO THINGS WE NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE.
- One Year Fellowship (Sept-June)
- Cost: $1200 (scholarships available)
- Facilitators: Joel Aguilar and Kris Rocke
- Guest Presenters: Senior Fellows and Friends of the Network.
- Final Project: A Rule of Life that Integrates Your Faith Tradition.
- Credit Options: Negotiated with Academic Partners.
- A Global Network of Conversation Partners.
- Pathway to Ordination with Street Psalms Community.
A COHORT-BASED FELLOWSHIP PARTICIPATING IN A GLOBAL CONVERSATION.
Cohorts members gather weekly to undergo a Human Catechism that allows us to make peace with God, ourselves, others and all of creation. Together, we will walk with Jesus, disguised as the stranger, who inducts us into becoming fully human and reveals to us a God in whom there is no violence. Our hearts will burn and our eyes will be opened.
If you are looking for a program that reflects back to you what you already know with dogmatic certainty you should look elsewhere. However, if you are ready to engage the risky incarnational journey that shatters our expectations of God and ourselves, then this is tailor-made for you.
We will engage each other in a blend of theological reflection (head), spiritual formation (heart) and social action (hands). Throughout the fellowship, participants will discern the particular shape of their own vocation and call while developing their own Rule of Life to help guide them.
The Rule of Life is based on a set of questions core to the life of Christ. Participants are asked to reflect on these questions for themselves, from within their own tradition, and in ways that are faithful to their own context. Go here to see the Incarnational Framework that gives shape to these questions.
Making Peace with God fellows program is a 40 week global conversation designed to nurture a way of seeing, doing and being that frees us to make peace with God and do things we never thought possible. This conversation is made up of seven dialogues that ask questions that are core to our faith journey and the story that shapes our lives. Making peace with God is an invitation into our own shared humanity as modeled by Jesus. We might think of it as a human catechism. In the end, Fellows will be invited to engage these questions and each other from their own faith tradition, creating their own customized Rule of Life.
Throughout the program participants are invited to hold the Word in one hand and the World in the other in loving dialogue. Participants examine two fundamental questions asked by St. Francis in his famous all night prayer. ” God, who are you? God, who am I?” We ask these questions in the context of vulnerable urban communities. Along the way, participants will be exposed to a wide range of theological perspectives including an image of God in whom there is no violence and be introduced to a way of reading scripture non-violently.
This program is designed to help participants mine their own tradition for its most sustainable gifts, whether Protestant or Catholic, liberal or conservative. We think this is best done in the context of theological and spiritual diversity that honors the best, deepest and richest traditions of our faith. In the end, participants are expected to take ownership of their own journey and conclusions. All teaching and facilitation is based on a deep, rich and generous orthodoxy that invites participants to examine their own tradition in its most favorable and generous light, mining its most sustainable gifts. Central to the program is a high view of Scripture, Church, Tradition and Personal Experience. We also celebrate the gifts of modern science and revelations about what it means to be human and care for creation.
The fellows program is an affordable and accessible alternative to traditional seminary education. It is designed for urban ministry leaders who have not had access to seminary, but who want a transformational experience that equips them to engage the most demanding questions and practical challenges of vulnerable urban communities. This program provides pathways to master’s and doctoral programs at partner institutions. However, those seeking a professional degree (Master of Divinity) to be a pastor, or chaplain, and who are interested in teaching at a seminary should consider traditional academic programs. It also provides a path to ordination within the Street Psalms Community for those discerning a vocation of formation.