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Spiritual Growth for Adults

Loving Creator, draw us ever closer to You at the very center of our souls. —Draw the Circle Wider

Spiritual formation breathes life and renewal into our relationship with God. As followers of Jesus, we seek ways to deepen our faith and to grow in love. Each individual parish and ministry offers classes and programs to inform and enrich the journey. In addition, here are other places and people who offer opportunities for your spiritual growth.


⊕ Amerson House Spirituality Center. “A House of Hospitality and Contemplative Life” in Atlanta. Supports spiritual growth by offering group and individual retreat days, and programming for contemplative living. Contact: Kimberly Broerman,, 404-275-3328. 

⊕ Advancing Authentic Leadership. A parish program for lay people to explore the spiritual and ethical dimensions of true leadership. Created and offered by Christ Church Episcopal in Norcross. Contact: Christ Church Office,, 770-447-1166. 

⊕ The Brotherhood of St. Andrew: Members focus on personal spiritual growth, mutual ministry and Christian service.Contact: visit this website for information on chapters in Georgia.

⊕ Candler School of Theology: Candler is part of Emory University in Atlanta. Its mission is to educate faithful and creative leaders for the church’s mission in the world. Offers degree programs and lifelong learning opportunities.Contact: 404-727-6326; explore lifelong learning programs here. 

⊕ Columbia Theological Seminary: Columbia educates and nurtures imaginative and resilient leaders for God’s changing world. Offers degree programs and lifelong learning in Decatur, Ga. Contact: 404-687-4577; find programs for spiritual formation here.

⊕ Community of Hope: A program that trains lay people to participate in pastoral care in various settings by being present in a listening, compassionate manner. Contact: Harmony Kiser, Georgia regional representative, 770-205-7899 or

⊕ Contemplative Outreach: A spiritual network of individuals and faith communities with a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice. Contact: Cathy Hightower, 770-973-6243,, or Roberta Oster, 404-299-2670,

⊕ Daughters of the King: The Order of the Daughters of the King is a spiritual sisterhood of Episcopal women dedicated to a life of prayer, service and evangelism. Contact: see this list for local contacts or inquire at your church office to learn if your parish has a chapter.

⊕ Ecumenical Lay Cistercians: The ecumenical Lay Cistercians (Trappist) follow the Rule of St. Benedict and are associated with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. They gather from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at the monastery. All are welcome. Contact: Michael Thompson,

⊕ Education for Ministry: A program of theological education designed for the laity. Participants study the landscape of the Christian tradition from its earliest period to the present. Students belong to small learning communities and take part in theological reflection. See link at left or contact: RuthElizabeth Conine,

⊕ Episcopal Church Women: The mission of Episcopal Church Women is to provide opportunities to all women for spiritual growth through fellowship, service and education. Contact: Cathy Hutcheson,

⊕ The Gabriel Center for Servant Leadership: The Gabriel Center helps individuals and organizations develop a servant-leader approach to life and work. It offers education and training. Based in Marietta, Ga. Contact: the Rev. Katie Elberfeld, via email or call 678-213-2750.

⊕ Ignatius House: Located in Sandy Springs, Ga., Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center offers directed retreats, spiritual direction, companionship and spiritual counseling. Contact: Sharon Machek,, or call 404-255-0503.

⊕ The Interdenominational Theological Center: A leading resource for church scholarship, leadership development and faith-based solutions for the community. Offers graduate degree and certificate programs, and a Youth   Hope-Builders Academy. Contact: email or call 888-471-9922.

⊕ The Julian of Norwich Center: Located in Atlanta at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, the Center provides spiritual direction to individuals and groups. It teaches about contemplative prayer and examines stages of the spiritual journey. Contact: the Rev. Lynnsay Buehler, 770-938-9797, ext. 27. Email

⊕ Theological Education Center for Latinos: For people from Hispanic communities who want to deepen their faith and engage in ministry in the Episcopal Church. Contact: the Rev. Isaías Rodríguez, or 404-707-1217.

⊕ Mary and Martha’s Place: A place for spiritual renewal. Offers classes, workshops, conferences and other events. Located within St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Contact: Rebecca Parker or call 404-239-9382.

⊕ McAfee School of Theology: Located on the campus of Mercer University in northeast Atlanta, the McAfee School of Theology is a graduate, professional theological seminary. It offers degree programs and continuing education.Contact: call 888-471-9922 or email  

⊕ Monastery of the Holy Spirit: A community of Trappist monks and monastic institute in Conyers, Ga. devoted to contemplation. The monastery offers day visits, prayer services, and group and individual retreats. Contact:  send anemail request or call 770-483-8705.

⊕ Moveable Feast ATL: A social mixer to foster connection and fellowship among young adults in their twenties and thirties. Find information about events on the group’s Facebook page.

⊕ Sewanee, The University of the South, offers a wide range of theological education, spiritual formation, retreats and events through its School of Theology and the Beecken Center. Contact: find contacts here for the School of Theology and here for the Beecken Center.

⊕ The Society of St. Anna the Prophet: A dispersed community of Episcopal women over age 50. They live the Christian faith within vows and focus on ministry with elders and the very young. Contact: Mary Moore,

⊕ St. Mary’s Sewanee, The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development. In Sewanee, Tennessee. Offers a sanctuary of natural beauty and quiet for personal retreats and group programs. Contact: find information about events here or call 800-728-1659.