Academy #39 Required Reading

Session One: July 23-28, 2017

Wilkie Au: Attentiveness to the Word

God’s Unconditional Love: Healing Our Shame, by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au (Paulist Press, 2016).
Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God, by Macrina Wiederkehr, Liturgical Press, 2011

Roger Owens: Traditions of Christian Spirituality

Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality, Second Edition, by Bradley P. Holt
We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People, 20th Anniversary Edition (2003), by Gustavo Gutierrez


Session Two: November 12-17, 2017

Rachel Barenblat:  Hebrew Spirituality

The Path of Blessing, by Rabbi Marcia Prager
Psalms of the Jewish liturgy: A Guide to Their Beauty, Power, and Meaning, by Miryam Glazer.(Out of Print- Kindle and a few used avail)

Marjorie Thompson:  Spiritual Disciplines

Soul Feast, by Marjorie Thompson (WJK Press, 2014) I recommend the 3rd Edition because it has a new chapter on Sabbath and an expanded final chapter on Rule of Life
A Spiritual Life: Perspectives from Poets, Prophets, and Preachers, Ed. Allan Hugh Cole, Jr. (WJK press, 2011)


Session 3: January 28 – February 2, 2018

Sr. Kathleen Flood: Roman Catholic Spirituality

Ways of Imperfection by Simon Tugwell. Can be purchased from publisher for $18.95 plus shipping here:
Four Women Doctors of The Church, by Mary E Malone (Orbis Books – August 17, 2017)

Don Saliers: Liturgy and Spirituality

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life, Henri Nouwen (Harper One, 2013)
Worship and Spirituality, by Don Saliers (OSL Publications, 1997)


Session 4:  April 22-27, 2018

Fr. John Mefrige: Orthodox Spirituality

The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition by Christopher Veniamin (Printed book available at
The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology by Igumen Chariton.

Additional recommended: The Way of a Pilgrim: and The Pilgrim Continues His Way, by R.M. French (translator)

Dan Wolpert & Debra Bell: Spirituality and Embodiment

Health and Healing: The Philosophy of Integrative Medicine and Optimum Health, by Andrew Weil
The Chemistry of Calm, by Henry Emmons


Session 5:  August 12-17, 2018

Roberta Bondi: Prayer and the Art of Discernment

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, by Ann Lamont
To Pray and to Love, Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church by Roberta Bondi

Beginning to Pray by Anthony Bloom
Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault

Leticia Guardiola-Saenz: New Testament Spirituality

The Spirituality of the Gospels by Stephen C. Barton, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2005.
The Spirituality of Saint Paul: A Call to Imitation by Frank J. Matera, New York: Paulist Press, 2017.


Optional reading from Roberta Bondi:


Session 6:  October 28 – November 2, 2018

Amy Oden: Protestant Spirituality

Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church. Fortress Press, 2017 (revised edition).

Gregory Clapper, As If the Heart Mattered: A Wesleyan Spirituality, Wipf and Stock, 2014.

Grace Imathiu: Spirituality and Ways of Healing

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann


Session 7:  February 17-o22, 2019

Luther Smith: Spiritual Leadership in Local Faith Communities

  • AWED TO HEAVEN, ROOTED IN EARTH by Walter Brueggemann; Fortress Press
  • INTIMACY AND MISSION by Luther E. Smith, Jr.; Wiph & Stock

Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi: Christian Spirituality in the Global Context

(reading list provided to participants separately)

Session 8:  May 5-10, 2019

Kathryn Damiano: Sustaining  Our Life in Christ

  • Integral Christianity: The Spirit’s Call to Evolve  by Paul R. Smith
  • The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris.

Ray Buckley: Bearing Witness to the Reign of God in the World

  • Horse Sense for People, by Monty Roberts;
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Fr. Gregory Boyle