LIFE at Eden: Imagine the Church!



Date(s) - 03/14/2020
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


LIFE at Eden in March will explore how the spirit is calling YOU to be a part of the continuing creation of the Church.  Choose either the Certificate course or the elective Spiritual Writing course to enrich YOUR understanding of being in community with the church and begin a journey of living into your gifts of the spirit.

Certificate Course: What is the Church? 

Course Description:

This course will be a journey in exploring the multifaceted ways we speak of and imagine what it means to be the Church.  We will not only reflect on the historical roots and form of Church, but the emerging forms of being and becoming authentic communities of disciples invested in transformative action. Participants will also be invited, challenged, and nudged to consider how the Spirit is summoning them to be a part of the continuing creation of the Church, the living manifestation of Christ’ presence in the world.

Who Should Take this Class?
All are welcome at LIFE! Students, pastors, laypersons and seekers from all denominations and walks of life are welcome to join the program to be enriched and inspired by LIFE. Join us!

If you are a current Eden student or seeking ordination, please request information about the What is the Church? course taught at Eden.  Click here to request information about the credit course.

Cost:  $130 (includes lunch)

:  Eden Theological Seminary
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Press Hall, Classroom 101

About the Instructor Rev. Shana Johnson is the Conference Minister of the Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ.  Prior to being called into Conference ministry, Rev. Johnson spent 20 years in parish ministry serving churches of all sizes in the United Church of Christ.  Her greatest passion is helping pastors and congregations discover and build upon the strengths God has already gifted them.


Elective Course: Spiritual Formation: Writing and Spirituality

Course Description:

 Flannery O’Connor said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. [Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, p. 4]What speaks to you and to others about your spiritual development, about your beliefs, your commentary on scripture, your prayers and reflections? We will attempt and share a variety of genres and begin a small portfolio of writing, both personal and professional. All sharing of writing is voluntary.

Instructor: Dr. William Tucker

Cost:  $130 (includes lunch)

Location:  Eden Theological Seminary
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Press Hall, Classroom 201

About the Instructor Dr. William Tucker, Professor Emeritus Eastern Michigan University