Academy for Spiritual Formation

After some personal setbacks prompted Lisa Schroeder of Marion to take a leave from pastoral ministry, she “found her voice again” as a participant in the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation. This ministry of the Upper Room in Nashville, Tennessee combines academic learning with experience in spiritual disciplines and community.

Lisa found that her personal devotion times, inspired by texts and practices in spiritual disciplines from a variety of traditions and ages, have given her new space for a deep spiritual experience and profound healing.Academy for Spiritual Formation color logo in RGB JPEG format “The daily rhythm of the Academy restores needed balance in our lives, through silence and conversation, rest and relationship.”

Her tuition is partially supported by a scholarship from the Spiritual Formation Steering Committee (SFSC) of the Conference Board of Discipleship. The board is receiving $6,000 from apportionment funds in 2017 made possible by gifts from United Methodist churches across the state. Over $1,300 was devoted to scholarships last year.

Laity and clergy alike may participate in the Academy’s two-year program or five-day program. This ministry of authentic spirituality promotes God’s shalom, a balance between inner peace and outer peace, holy living and justice living.

Iowa Conference scholarships are matched by gifts from the Upper Room. Lisa and others who have attended these academies say, “Thank you!” Contact Jerry Oakland for more information at

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