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Welcome to The Academy Podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing rich content for the purpose of spiritual growth. The Academy Podcast is brought to you by The Academy for Spiritual Formation, an international ministry of The Upper Room. The Academy is dedicated to creating safe space for people to connect with God, self, others, and creation for the sake of the world. To learn more about our Five-Day and Two-Year retreat offerings, visit academy.upperroom.org. We’re glad you’re here.
 
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This month's podcast features Elaine Heath, Academy faculty, Upper Room Books author, and so much more. Elaine’s scholarly work is interdisciplinary, integrating pastoral, biblical, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between academy, church, and world. And it’s because of this approach that I’m excited for her words to us today that…
 
This month's podcast features teaching from Dan Wolpert at Two-YearAcademy #39 in Malvern, PA in 2018. He and his wife, Debra, co-taught the topic on Spirituality and Embodiment. The clips in this episode are excerpts from the final lecture of that session. Dan, is author of multiple spiritual formation books, and is Executive Director and co-found…
 
Today’s conversation features Christopher Carter, Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair & Department Diversity Officer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. Christopher Carter’s teaching and research focuses on philosophical and theological ethics, Black and Womanist theological ethics, environmental ethics, and animal…
 
In this episode, our host, Claire, is joined by Jenny Booth Potter. Jenny is the Co-Host and Producer of The Next Question, a video-based web-series devoted to expanding the imagination for racial justice. In the first season, the show has already hosted conversations with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Rachel Cargle, Andre Henry, and Brené Brown, and includ…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Cole Arthur Riley, who is a writer, speaker, and liturgist. She currently serves as the Content and Spiritual Formation Manager for a Center for Christian Studies at Cornell University called Chesterton House. In her role, she produces and curates written content for spiritual formation and leads care and spiritual …
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Safiyah Fosua, beloved Academy faculty and one of our four renowned teachers for our new one-year online offering, Spiritual Formation in Today’s World, that begins February 25, 2021. Learn more about Safiyah and the other faculty, curriculum, and sacred spiritual rhythm the one-year offers by visiting academy.upper…
 
December's episode is a compilation of the best moments of 2020 from Claire's podcast conversations with Lisa Yebuah, Dan Wolpert, Ben Boswell, Amos Disasa, Frank Rogers, M Barclay, Lanecia Rouse, and Amy Stroup. Of course, we hosted many more conversations than these in 2020 with Academy leaders and friends—conversations that challenged us to act,…
 
Today’s conversation features Luther Smith, who is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, longtime Academy faculty person, and a member of The Academy Advisory Board. Luther spent 35 years of his career as an activist, scholar, and professor at Candler School of Theology, and he is known to be an authority on the life and th…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Rev. M. Barclay who is the co-founder and executive director of enfleshed, a nonprofit creating and facilitating resources of spiritual nourishment for collective liberation. M is passionate about bringing fresh and relevant perspectives to the questions, traditions, and theologies that have sustained faith communit…
 
In this episode, Claire is joined by Lanecia Rouse Tinsley who is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Houston, TX, and the owner/creator of LAR Art Studio. Lanecia's portfolio includes a range of work in abstract painting, photography, teaching, writing, and speaking. Lanecia’s work is deeply informed by her studies in sociology, theology, a…
 
Today's conversation is with Amos Disasa, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, TX. The conversation, recorded at the end of June, is deep and wide, intense and honest, vulnerable and, at times, terrifying, in the sense that much of what we discuss cuts to the core, inviting deep introspection and authenticity. As Amos says, "We aim…
 
Our new music is from today’s conversation partner on the podcast, a Nashville based singer songwriter, Amy Stroup, who graciously offered instrumentals from her songs “Far Side of the Sea,” “Versailles,” and “Fearless” for our podcast episodes going forward. You’ll want to check out all of Amy’s music on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to …
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Ben Boswell, Senior Pastor of Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and Two-Year Academy #39 graduate. In his role as Senior Minister, Ben works at the intersection of strategic leadership, spiritual formation, and social justice. In addition to pastoral responsibilities, Ben facilitates anti-racism…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Sophia Agtarap and Amy Steele of Vanderbilt Divinity School. The Academy and The Upper Room have partnered with both Sophia and Amy and Vanderbilt Divinity School on many endeavors, most recently the viewing and panel discussion of “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story” that included Academy faculty pers…
 
Today, Claire is joined by Lisa Yebuah. Their conversation encompasses everything from antiracism to sitting on the mourner’s bench to sabbath as resistance to joy unspeakable joy...and more. Being with Lisa is like all the elements of earth, fire, water, and air decided to have a gathering and they decided to gather and dance inside a person, insi…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Dan Wolpert who is Academy faculty, Upper Room Books author, Upper Room eLearning facilitator and teacher, Executive Director and co-founder of MICAH, the Minnesota Institute for Contemplation and Healing, spouse, partner, ally, activist, dad. Dan has been a student of the spiritual life since age 21 and has taught …
 
In this episode, Claire is joined by Elaine Heath, Academy faculty, Upper Room Books author, and so much more. Elaine’s scholarly work is interdisciplinary, integrating pastoral, biblical, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between academy, church, and world. Her current research interests focus on community as a means of healing tr…
 
In this episode, Claire speaks with Roger Owens from his home in Pittsburgh, where he’s now teaching spiritual formation classes to his seminary students online, enjoying family meals with his teenagers again, and discovering that The Academy and its rhythms are a helpful guide in this time of global pandemic...and always. What follows is a convers…
 
In this episode Claire talks with Frank Rogers via Zoom about all thingsspiritual formation, being gentle with ourselves in the midst of difficultemotions, how he found himself working the The Academy, practicingcompassion, and more. What follows is an honest conversation with Frank about what it is to be human and healing in these uncertain times.…
 
"Today," our host, Claire, says, "I get to talk with Amy Oden via Zoom about all things spiritual formation, healing in the time of COVID-19, her work with the Academy and why she thinks it’s important, and more. What follows is a conversation with Amy, who is a friend, mentor, and colleague in the way of Love."…
 
In this month's podcast, our host, Claire, talks with Victor Perez via Zoom about all things Bilingual (Spanish + English) Academy #42, which is scheduled to begin in August 2020 in San Antonio, TX, breathing deeply in the midst of a global pandemic, spiritual practice, prayer, family, Puerto Rico, and more. What follows is a conversation about wha…
 
Our host, Claire, describes this month's podcast saying, "In this month’s podcast, I sit down with Marjorie Thompson, who is a longtime Academy faculty person, author, and my personal spiritual director. In light of the recent tornadoes that devastated parts of Nashville and Tennessee, as well as growing concerns about the coronavirus throughout th…
 
This month’s podcast features teaching from Rabbi David Horowitz at Two-Year Academy #41 in Alabama where he taught on Hebrew Spirituality. With his sharp wit, expansive knowledge, and deep compassion, Rabbi David offers us a place to listen, learn, and let go into the presence and breath of God. Rabbi David still resides in Akron, OH with his wife…
 
This month’s podcast features teaching from Jane Vennard from Two-Year Academy #38 in Nebraska when she offered insight, invitation, and reflection into the important topic of spirituality and embodiment. Offering listeners questions about how and when and where we honor, pay attention, and care for our bodies, Jane’s teaching is a master class in …
 
This month’s podcast features a conversation between Academy Podcast Host and Associate Director, Claire McKeever-Burgett, and Academy Worship Leader, Upper Room Books author, and Director of Prayer and Worship Life at The Upper Room, Beth Richardson. They talk about everything from Academy worship to spiritual formation in a divided world, church,…
 
This month’s podcast features teaching from Roger Owens at Two-Year Academy #36 in San Antonio, TX where he taught on “Traditions of Christian Spirituality.” Walking us through the Ignatian spiritual practice of “Examen,” Roger illumines an age-old exercise that is applicable and perhaps even essential in our modern lives.Featured on this podcast b…
 
This month, we’re throwin’ it back for summer, encouraging you to listen and re-listen to our top 9 episodes from days gone by. Healing and Wholeness with Sister Kathleen Flood; The Pilgrim's Path with Loyd Allen; The Word of God in Me with Grace Imathiu; Bearing Witness with Ray Buckley; Hospitality as a Spiritual Practice by Amy Oden; Spiritual F…
 
This month’s podcast features teaching from Elaine Heath at a 2014 Five-Day Academy in North Carolina, where she offered a series of lectures entitled, “The Way of Wisdom.” Serving as faculty for many Academies throughout the years, Elaine, through her writing, teaching, and presence, offers us hope in the midst of despair, wisdom in the midst of f…
 
This month’s podcast features teaching from Don Saliers on the liturgy of the Psalms, offered at a Five-Day Academy in 2015 in Alabama. Calling us to the depths of the human heart, Don illumines the Psalms as a “school of prayer” that invites humanity to operate at full stretch and to use language to talk about God that is language of the heart. Th…
 
This month’s podcast features teaching from Grace Imathiu at a2015 Five-Day Academy in Nebraska on the topic of “The Word ofGod in Me.” Grace uses the story of the rich young ruler in Mark,chapter 10 to reveal how when we find ourselves in scripture, wefind ourselves connected to our faith in new and transformativeways. Grace considers the world as…
 
In this month’s podcast, our host, Claire McKeever-Burgett had the honor of interviewing Dana Trent, Academy faculty, Upper Room Books author, and professor of world religions and critical thinking at Wake Tech Community College. Dana is also an ordained Baptist minister and former hospital chaplain, and her work has appeared on Time.com, and in Re…
 
This month’s podcast is the third in a series of conversations with Parker Palmer, released in both audio and visual formats. In June 2018, Academy Director Johnny Sears, visited with Parker in the Palmer home in Madison, WI, and we were lucky enough to get to film it. Parker and Johnny talked about everything from vulnerability to what makes a goo…
 
In June 2018, Academy Director Johnny Sears, visited with his friend and mentor, Parker Palmer, at the Palmer home in Madison, WI, and we were lucky enough to get to record it! Parker and Johnny talked about everything from vulnerability to what makes a good leader, to how to sustain the work of The Academy for the next 35 years. What follows is an…
 
In this month’s episode, we hear from Ray Buckley on the topic of Bearing Witness. Ray offered the following teaching at Two-Year Academy #33 in Donaldson, Indiana in November of 2013. Ray’s teaching invites listeners to consider what it means to be clay in the hands of a God who holds us when we break, and he invites us to bear witness to the hope…
 
In this month’s episode, we hear from Kathryn Damiano on how we live life as a divine office and on how we understand all things as sacramental and therefore as sacred. Kathryn offered the following teaching at Two-Year Academy #33 in Donaldson, IN in November 2013.Kathryn’s teaching invites listeners into a holy place of listening and awe, of hone…
 
In this month’s episode, we hear from Roger Owens on the topic of prayer and spirituality in a postmodern world, taken from his lectures he offered in August 2011 at a Five-Day Academy in Alabama. Listen on as Roger illumines God’s presence of mercy and love in all things...and may you have ears to hear and eyes to see and hearts to open to the sac…
 
This is the first ever Switchin' Lanes Podcast I hope you enjoy leave feedback on what i should do next! Again, Huge shout out to Bruce Argall for inspiring me go follow his podcast: The Juice! Much love, Carter Borchardt🤧. Edit: If the music doesnt seem to be working just pause and un-pause for it to work.👍…
 
In this month’s episode, we hear from Roberta Bondi about God’s unconditional love for all of us. Roberta’s lifetime of studying the desert mothers and fathers of the Early Church lends itself to the wisdom shared – that the whole of the Christian spiritual life is about growing in the knowledge of God’s love, and that we can’t love others if we do…
 
This month's episode draws from Sister Kathleen's teaching on "Spirituality and Ways of Healing" at a Two-Year Academy in Alabama in February 2006. Inspired by the Gospel of Luke's passion narrative, Sister Kathleen offers wisdom and insight on healing and wholeness, teaching that in order to be healers in the world we must give up our need for pow…
 
In this month's episode, we hear from Bishop Hee-Soo Jung on the topic of Christianity in a Global Context. Illuminating the topics of liberation and compassion and pointing to the other-centered focus of Jesus, Bishop Hee-Soo invites us to consider what being called "the Beloved of God" means for our lives.…
 
The following episode draws from Safiyah Fosua's teaching on afro-centric theology and black worship at a Two-Year Academy in Alabama in February 2006. Offering us a rich history of afro-centric theology and worship, Safiyah invites us to consider the themes of belonging, contemplation, and the vital impact of black theology on the Christian church…
 
In this month’s episode, we are joined by Luther Smith. Luther is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of The Academy Advisory Board. He spent 35 years of his career as an activist, scholar, and professor at Candler School of Theology, and he is known to be an authority on the life and theology of Howard Thurma…
 
In this month’s episode, we hear from Academy faculty member, Mary Earle, who is an Episcopal priest, writer, spiritual director, and retreat leader. In 1987 she graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest and began serving parishes in the Diocese of West Texas. After the onset of a life-threatening illness in 1995, she re-focused her attention on…
 
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