AR/LA/MS 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation


Welcome to the 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

An ecumenical Christian retreat designed for clergy and laity by The Upper Room. During this week away from the busyness of daily routine, your relationship to God will deepen through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, study, and reflection. 

Each day will include teachings by gifted spiritual leaders, periods of silence and reflection, morning and evening prayer, Holy Communion and small group discussion. Time for rest and relaxation are also part of each day. 

Our theme for the week will be, “Make us Holy; Make Us Whole.” We will gather in the natural beauty of The Gray Center in Canton, MS to experience restoration and a renewed hope for the ourselves, the church and the world. You are invited to come as you are and experience the grace of forgiveness and peace that is revealed in scripture, worship, and community. Your place is being prepared for you. Register today!

The retreat begins with dinner, Sunday, September 8th and concludes by noon on Friday, September 13th. The registration fee covers lodging, meals, 10 teaching sessions by our faculty presenters, Dr. Mary Earle and Rev. Robbins Sims and unlimited opportunities be inspired, filled with joy, and renewed to serve Christ in the world.

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For any questions, please contact Dede Roberts, 501-324-8016 or email