Cultural Practices in Spiritual Formation

Are you relying solely on spiritual growth resources and stories from your own cultural context? If so, you’re likely missing out on experiencing God’s will for diverse, multicultural worship and joy in your daily spiritual formation. The Cultural Practices in Spiritual Formation will broaden your knowledge and imagination by introducing you to several cultures, characteristics in their spiritual formation, and the voices of those peoples.

Takes approximately 15 hours to complete.


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Course Description

Are you seeking a spiritual formation journey that aligns with God’s will for diverse, multicultural worship and joy (as described in Revelation 7:9)? If so, consider expanding your spiritual practices to include cultures and voices that differ from your own. The Cultural Practices in Spiritual Formation course will broaden your knowledge and imagination by sharing stories and examples of formation from a variety of cultures and communities. Through this course, you will explore the significance of story, land, and creation in Native American Spiritual Formation, learn the importance of communal worship and authenticity in African American Spiritual Formation, and understand the value of humility, suffering, and meditation in Asian American Spiritual Formation, among other topics. This course, led by Rev. Dr. Laura Murray, ordained pastor, author, and certified spiritual director, aims to foster curiosity and encourage you to recognize new voices that should be included in your understanding of spiritual formation, thus helping you reflect the heart of God better in your own life.

*“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,” (Revelation 7:9)

Please note: This course is the recommended second course in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program

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Meet Your Instructors

Laura Murray

Laura Murray is an ordained pastor, author, speaker, and certified spiritual director. For over 15 years she has worked closely with individual leaders and groups in the areas of leader development and spiritual formation. As the pastor of spiritual formation at Highland Park Pres, she wrote formational devotion guides and studies, and created and led worship services. She is currently working on her doctorate in Leading Change at Fuller Seminary. She is married to Craig, has two incredible children, an energetic pup, and lives in the Dallas area.

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