For those who are between 25-40 and seek a deeper spiritual foundation for their lives
Crossing the Threshold is designed for those who are
- Approximately between the ages of 25-40
- Desiring to deepen the spiritual foundation of their life and work
- Seeking a supportive spiritual community
- Interested in contemplative practices, including prayer and meditation
- Willing to learn within an ecumenical framework that includes wisdom from many traditions
- In a season of life where mental, physical, and spiritual health will be supported and engaged by the addition of this personal investment (not during a time of overburdened schedules or overwhelming personal crisis)
This program provides authentic connection and support through one-on-one mentoring, confidential peer groups, retreats, book resources and writing, and additional spiritual formation opportunities through Shalem’s short-term programs.
Crossing the Threshold Timeline
The program begins with the First Residency. A reading list to begin at-home preparation will be provided in advance.
First Residency: April 27-April 30, 2023
Second Residency: March 7-10, 2024
Final Retreat Day: November 9, 2024
At-Home Completion: September 30, 2024
Final integration paper due
At-home work includes:
- A personal spiritual practice, including a daily discipline of prayer/ meditation/ presence for God
- At least one personal 24-hour, silent retreat per year as the start of a lifelong habit
- Participation in Shalem’s online education programs
- Monthly reflections about your spiritual life and leadership with your staff mentor, who will be a resource for you throughout the program
- Peer reflection sessions with other participants that meet every four to six weeks for mutual support, accountability and encouragement; Shalem will provide guidelines for reflection. Peer groups will be facilitated by a staff person for the duration of the program.
- Selected required readings, plus many optional readings, on spiritual life, leadership, environmental concerns and peace-making initiatives; a bibliography will be provided
- Brief reflection papers on the readings
- An opportunity to design and carry out an independent project, supervised by a Shalem mentor
- A final reflection paper based on your experience in the program
A Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the program to all participants who have met the program requirements.