The Christian discipline of simplicity is a practice mentioned by all the church mothers and fathers. When we are consumed by things, thoughts, people, events, there is not space to be consumed by God.
Christine Hadley Snyder, a Quaker teacher, said: Simplicity is not so much about what we own, but about what owns us. If we need lots of possessions to maintain our self-esteem and create our self-image and look good to our neighbors, than we have forgotten or neglected that which is real and inward. If our time, money, and energy are consumed in selecting, acquiring, maintaining, cleaning, moving, improving, replacing, dusting, storing, using, showing off, and talking about our possessions, then there is little time, money, and energy left for other pursuits such as the work we do to further the Community of God (Whitmire,2001). In this class on Simplicity, we will be exploring both external and internal simplicity.
The six-week class offers lessons on the following topics:
|1||Making Room for God|
|2||Simplicity of Living|
|4||Simplicity of Thought|
|5||Simplicity of Spirit|
|6||Simplicity as a Way of Being|
Dr. Gary Holloway is the Executive Director of World Convention. He has written numerous books on the topic of spiritual formation and is a graduate of Group Spiritual Direction with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. You can read his bio on the team page here.
Jackie L. Halstead, Ph.D., LMFT, is the founder and CEO of Selah. Her doctorate is in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. You can read her bio on the team page here.
Note: You are welcome to sign up for this single class or join us for the year’s Contemplative journey of six classes. You can begin with any class. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.