The Life and Teaching of Henri Nouwen: Exploring the Rhythms of Solitude, Community, and Ministry

September 27, 2015 - September 30, 2015

The Life and Teaching of Henri Nouwen: Exploring the Rhythms of Solitude, Community, and Ministry


Dates Sept. 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – Sept. 30, 2015, 1:00 p.m.


Leader B.J. Woodworth, Pastor, The Open Door, Pittsburgh, Pa.


Throughout the writings and life of Henri Nouwen, we see a three-fold pattern, and movement, from solitude, to community, and into ministry. These are vital rhythms and practices of the Christian life. We will explore together the contour and depths of these practices as well as how we can order daily our lives around them creating space for God to act and speak.



Registration Fee: $350 (Includes beverage/snack breaks throughout each day, Monday dinner, Tuesday and Wednesday lunch; all other meals are the participant’s responsibility). Online registration coming soon.



This class will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206). On-campus housing is available via reservation by calling 412-924-1397 or e-mailing [email protected].


Required Reading The complete reading list for this class will be provided in the near future, however, two of the books that will be required are listed below. Please do your very best to read these books before your arrival. If you wish to be in the Spiritual Formation Certificate program, you should prepare a one-page reflection paper for each book; these will be collected Sunday evening. If you do not plan to seek the certificate but are taking the class for personal enrichment, the reflection papers are not required.


Henri Nouwen. The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God through Prayer, Wisdom and Silence. New York: Ballantine Books, reprint edition, 2003.


Henri Nouwen. Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. New York: Doubleday, 1975. Reissue edition by Image, 1986.

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