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The Academy for Spiritual Formation Postpones Bilingual Two-Year Academy #42

April 27, 2020 by Claire K. McKeever-Burgett (Tennessee)



Nashville, TN— The Academy for Spiritual Formation announces it will postpone Bilingual (Spanish + English) Two-Year Academy #42 due to COVID-19 and its implications for in-person gatherings and travel. Academy #42 will now begin August 9, 2021 at Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio, TX. Find a full list of the new dates for Academy #42 here.

“While we fully believe there will be an end to this pandemic, we do not think it will end soon enough for us to recruit a full class or for us to travel safely and responsibly in August 2020,” said Academy Director, Johnny Sears.

“We look forward to a time when we are free to gather in safety and with peace of mind, body, and spirit. Until then, we hold our Academy, Upper Room, and global community in our prayers.”

Two-Year Bilingual (Spanish + English) Academy #42 will be the first Bilingual Academy since 2011 and is part of The Academy’s vision to form ecumenical Christian communities that embrace the multicultural, multiethnic, interfaith landscape of the 21st century. Previous Two-Year participants describe The Academy as life-changing, restorative, and spiritually grounding, a necessary offering in an age of deep division and political posturing.

The application process for Academy #42 will remain open and can be found here. Bilingual language skills are not a requirement to apply. Additional resources to remain grounded in God and connected to prayerful community in this time of global pandemic can be found here.

Learn more about The Academy for Spiritual Formation here.


Since 1983, The Academy for Spiritual Formation has offered an environment for spiritually hungry pilgrims, whether lay or clergy, that combines academic learning with experience in spiritual disciplines and community. The Academy for Spiritual Formation is a part of The Upper Room, a global ministry dedicated to helping people create daily life with God.

For questions and to learn more about Bilingual (Spanish + English) Academy #42, please contact The Academy office at

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