Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on February 18, marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. Some churches offer special studies, events, or weekly services during this sacred time. For those whose schedule doesn’t allow participation in these offerings, there are also many other opportunities for spirituality during Lent. Choosing and focusing on a spiritual practice can deepen the significance of this special time.
The spiritual practice of journaling helps us record our journey with God, be more aware of God’s presence in our lives, and grow spiritually. Debbie Kolacki, senior consultant at PRC, will be leading a six week online course during Lent based on the Upper Room book Journaling: A Spiritual Journey by Anne Broyles, who is featured in an introductory video to the course. Participants in the course will be given guidance in journaling and will then be able to share their experiences with others involved in the practice.
Each week participants will practice one of the methods of journaling from the book. These include: journaling from the events of daily life, journaling in response to scripture, journaling with guided meditations, journaling from dreams, journaling in response to reading, and journaling conversations or dialogues.
The course is hosted by BeADisciple, one of several programs of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas. The course runs from February 16 through March 30. Click here to register online. The fee of $75 includes a copy of the book signed by the author which will be mailed to participants. Please enroll early so that you will have enough time to receive your book prior to the course start date.