Alabama Five-Day Academy English

Nauvoo, Alabama

Camp McDowell

October 16 - October 21, 2016

Theme: "God's Welcome - The Spirituality of Hospitality"

Faculty:  Bishop Kee Sloan and Dr. Amy Oden

Contact:  Kathy Norberg at 850-324-1015 or ; Pat Luna at 334-202-9440 or

Sponsors: The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, The Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of the United Methodist Church, and The Upper Room.

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$750 for the entire week including a private room and bath, great food and your tuition.

$50 non-refundable deposit to reserve a place for you

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Dr. Amy Oden (Former Dean of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC and current Professor of Church History at St Paul Divinity School) will focus her lectures on how the early Christians practiced radical hospitality because they were profoundly moved by God's welcome in their own lives and wanted to share it in concrete ways.  

Bishop Kee Sloan (The Episcopal Bishop of Alabama) will inspire us during his presentations through both scripture and personal stories to practice authentic Christian hospitality in our daily lives.

TX Spirit Journey - Three-Day Academy English

Palestine, Texas

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center

October 20 - October 22, 2016

Theme:  "Stand at the Crossroads and Look"

Faculty:  Rev. Dr. Jim Reiter

Registrar:  Kathy Kothmann,  or 979-229-1085

Team Leaders:  Mort Kothmann and Kathy Reiter

Spirit Journey 2016 is a spiritual formation-renewal program of THE UPPER ROOM, sponsored by the Center for Congregational Excellence of the Texas Annual Conference.

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Lakeview Methodist Conference Center


400 Private Road 6036
Palestine, TX 75801-4350
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TN Five Day Academy English

Dickson, Tennessee

Camp Garner Creek

October 23 - October 28, 2016

Theme:  Created for Covenant Living

Faculty:  Rabbi David Horowitz and Phileena Heuertz

Contact: Co-Retreat Ldrs. Libby Baxter, and Carol Ingram can be contacted for further information

Sponsor: Memphis and Tennessee Conferences of the UMC, Nashville Area Orders & Fellowship of Local Pastors, and The Upper Room


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Camp Garner Creek


700 Sam Hollow Rd.
Dickson, TN 37055
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Western PA Five-Day Academy English

Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania

Laurelville Retreat Center

October 23 - October 28, 2016

Topic:  Deepening Friendship with God through Scripture, Prayer & Community

Faculty:  Sr. Kathleen Flood, OP and Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens

Co-Retreat Ldrs:  Ginger Thomas, and Chris Kindle,

Sponsor: Western PA Annual Conference and Upper Room Ministries


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Laurelville Retreat Center


941 Laurelville Lane
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
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Iowa Three-Day "Spirit Streams" Academy (Two Offerings) English

Indianola, Iowa

Wesley Wood UM Camp

October 24 - October 30, 2016

Spirit Streams Three-Day Academy Dates:

  • October 24-27
  • October 27-30

Theme:  "Chaos, Solitude, and Community"

Faculty:  Rev. Tom Albin

Contact:  Jerry Oakland,

Sponsors:  Iowa Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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Wesley Wood UM Camp


10896 Nixon St.
Indianola, IA 50125
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Oklahoma Five Day Academy English

Hinton, Oklahoma

Canyon Camp

November 6 - November 11, 2016

Theme:  "Rhythm of Life"

Faculty:  Regina LaRoche and Dwight Judy

Contact: Retreat Leader: Kathy Leithner,

Sponsors: Oklahoma Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


Faculty recommended readings by Dwight Judy and Regina Laroche


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Canyon Camp


31600 Camp Rd.
Route 2, Box 29 <br /> Hinton, OK 73047
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North & Central Texas Three-Day Academy English

Pottsboro, Texas

The Prothro Center at Lake Texoma

February 9 - February 11, 2017

Theme:  "Breathe: The Holy Spirit and Forgiveness"

Faculty:  Dr. Joretta Marshall, Dean of Brite Divinity School

Contact:  Bob Holloway, or 817-510-6560

Registrar:  Kristin Warthen,

Sponsors:  North TX and Central TX Conferences of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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The Prothro Center at Lake Texoma


269 Methodist Lane
Pottsboro, TX 75076
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New Academy in Bolivia!! RESCHEDULED FOR 2017 Spanish

Cochabama, Bolivia

Cochabamba Methodist Retreat Center

February 20 - February 24, 2017


We are excited to announce the very first Four-Day Academy in Bolivia! Though registration is open only to residents of Bolivia, we wanted to invite you to "JOIN US THROUGH PRAYER" as this new community develops and grows. We are humbled and thankful to be a part of this community, and we thank YOU for your gifts to the Academy scholarship fund that allow us to train international leaders, and provide support to new beginnings.

Theme:  "Elijah's Spirituality"

Faculty:  U.S. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and Rev. Oscar Carrasco

Contact:  Rev. Lic. Modesto Mamani, BISHOP OF THE IEMB

Sponsors:  Bolivian Methodist Conference and Upper Room Ministries/Academy for Spiritual Formation.



Cochabamba Methodist Retreat Center


Cochabama, Bolivia
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Florida Five Day Academy English

Fruitland Park, Florida

Life Enrichment Center

March 5 - March 10, 2017

Faculty:  Wilkie Au and Amy Oden

Retreat Leader:  Marilyn Swanson, 813-833-3558 or

Sponsors:  The Spiritual Formation Ministry of the Florida Annual Conference of the UMC and Upper Room Ministries


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Life Enrichment Center


4991 Picciola Rd.
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
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Rio Texas "A Taste of the Academy" English

San Antonio, Texas

Oblate Renewal Center

March 6 - March 8, 2017

Theme: "Befriending: A Celtic Spirituality Experience"

Faculty: Rev. Mary Earle

Contact:  Nancy McDougall

Sponsored by the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC in partnership with Upper Room Ministries


Registration form available in downloadable brochure (see below).


Oblate Renewal Center


5700 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78216
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