The training begins with the required reading and the two retreats described in the Listening Hearts’ Handbook for Training Discernment Ministry Teams. Reading and retreats make good partners for discernment training. The reading gives a comprehensive overview of the theology and practice of spiritual discernment through the centuries of Christian history. The training retreats, on the other hand, provide experience in listening prayerfully, engaging the imagination, and meditating on Scripture. Periods of solitude and of community weave together as retreatants first take time to consider the implications of their own baptisms and then to step out of the limitations of linear time for a while. The retreats and reading combine to feed the whole person, often helping participants to relate to God in new ways that they can carry into their personal and corporate lives.
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