Transformation is not a switch that can be flipped, but a process that takes a lifetime. It takes ongoing encouragement, effort and support. That is why we have created ongoing transformation education (OTE) to help you continue to press in to transformation learning and practice. In this section you will find continuing learning opportunities in the areas of spiritual formation and emotional maturity and ways to apply this learning in your life.
Understanding Anxiety Independent Study
Anxiety is everywhere. Anxiety is unseen and is lurking under the surface of our awareness. anxiety is chronic. We get anxious almost daily. chronic anxiety is the intense emotional energy that gets triggered by a perceived threat. When we get anxious, we react without thinking. We get stirred up and behave in ways that we later regret. The cause of our reactivity is anxiety. In this course, Ken Shuman takes you through the process of understanding more clearly the impact of anxiety in your life and provides helpful practices to manage yourself better in anxious situations.
Introduction to Soul Care Independent Study
In the midst of so much uncertainty and unrest, we all need an anchor. In the words of William Stafford (“The Way It Is”):
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
In this course you will learn to pay attention to the aliveness of your own soul. You will recognize the enemies of your soul and will be present to the struggle and delight of caring for your soul.
Creating Space To Be With God Independent Study
What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space. – Judy Brown
In the midst of full and fast rhythms of life in which we find ourselves constantly surrounded by noise and demands, it is hard to make space to be with God. Without space for God there is no air, there is no life, there is no fire burning in the soul. There is no light within to guide us and sustain us.
A Conversation About Guiding Principles
In our first online OTE course, Ken Shuman takes you through the process of understanding more clearly what a guiding principle is, why we need guiding principles, and how to develop and define your guiding principles. This is a self-paced, online course for purchase.
Creating Wholeness with Our Families of Origin
Issues with our family of origin are a common human struggle. This is a class about learning to be who we want to be with our parents, dealing with past hurt and disappointment, and learning to connect with others in ways we never thought possible. The class is offered in 10 sessions that meet online every other week.