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Theme: Compassion + Resilience: Spiritual Resources for Polarized Times

Faculty: Frank Rogers and Christopher Carter

Leaders: Johnny Sears and Claire McKeever-Burgett

Registrar:  Donna Bryant at [email protected] or 615-340-7233

Sponsors: The Upper Room

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. This Online Academy Day Apart 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 explores 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.


  • Pre-retreat reading, viewing, and listening material
  • Pre-retreat “Creating Sacred Space at Home” guide
  • Day-of LIVE interactive and embodied teaching with Frank Rogers, Jr. + Christopher Carter
  • Day-of LIVE Academy Worship
  • Day-of invitations into prolonged silence and prayer
  • Day-of small group discussion
  • Day-of free time and breaks
  • Day-of link to yoga + holy movement practice accessible for all abilities (optional)
  • Post-retreat reading + engagement for going deeper

Space is limited. Registration deadline extended through Wednesday, October 14, 2020.


  • $60 full registration rate
  • $120 full rate + sponsor another participant
  • $40 student rate

Contact [email protected] BEFORE registering if in need of scholarship assistance.

*The Online Academy Day Apart is valued at $120; however, we’re offering the course at half of that—$60/participant. 

Email [email protected] with questions or for more information.

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