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Compassion + Resilience: An Online Academy Day Apart

September 24, 2020 by The staff of The Upper Room (Nashville, Tennessee)

We live in polarized times. Political and religious divides threaten the bonds of civil discourse that sustain our communities; and tensions around race continue to rise to frighteningly violent proportions. The turbulent storms within us, as well—fear, anxiety, despair, and enraged indignation—wreak havoc within our minds, bodies, and spirits. The Online Academy Day Apart on October 24, 2020 with Frank Rogers, Jr. of the Center for Engaged Compassion and Christopher Carter of the University of San Diego Department of Theology and Religious Studies will explore spiritual resources that ground us in our sacred source, still the storms within us through self-compassion, and cultivate a world where people of difference can live with one another in a spirit of dignity and mutual understanding.

If you’re hungry for spiritual renewal, longing for ways to ground yourself in God, searching for calm in the midst of tumult, this retreat day is for you. Register by October 5, 2020 at

The Academy for Spiritual Formation creates transformative space for people to be in communion with God, self, others, and creation for the sake of the world. Learn more at

For a growing list of resources for the spiritual work of overcoming racism, we invite you to visit

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Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.” 

View a growing list of resources for the spiritual work of overcoming racism.