Spiritual Formation

tending the soul / sowing to the spirit

Though spiritual Formation is God’s work and God’s work alone, we must cooperate. One way is through spiritual  practices that train us to intentionally and routinely open space for God’s grace to work within us.

Upcoming Opportunities

Lydia's Contemplative Chapel

Come away for a while. Leave your serving behind and join other thirsty water-givers to be refreshed and renewed to return powerful in the Spirit. Entering a vestibule of soft, contemplative music to center down, we will then be ushered into the ancient prayer form of Lectio Divina. As we read/listen through a scripture passage, prayerfully reflecting upon it in silence, prayer, and conversation to notice how God is inviting us individually to respond with holy action. Click here for full details.

The Inner Artist

The Inner Artist is a contemplative and creative retreat day of encountering God through art in supportive community, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the healing rhythm of sacred space. Click here for full details.

The Sacred Invitation

Admission for the 2021- 22 session is open; click here for details.

Watch George Stewart's testimonial.

Watch Pam Pulver's testimonial.

Centering Prayer in Community
Mondays from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. in the Purcell Room.
We begin with prayer and a sacred reading, followed by 20 minutes of silence, focusing on God's presence, and close with a prayer and time for reflection. Contact Mary Taylor.

Quiet Space Fridays: A time to draw back, rest, recalibrate
Second Friday monthly; doors open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Starrette Farm Retreat, Statesville, NC
Experience sacred space to encounter God in community yet alone, in the beauty of nature, and the healing rhythm of sacred quiet. We provide no agenda. People come to these “set apart” days for all sorts of reasons… so whatever your reason, welcome!
Click here for full details.

Wesleyan Contemplative Order (WCO)
The WCO is a dispersed community committed to the triune of God, to one another, and to a simple, personalized Sacred Rhythm / Rule of Life that provides a daily rhythm of formation and direction so that our lives may abide in Christ and express his love in the world. Click here for full details. Click here to read more about who we are. Click here to learn about WCO Bands.

School of the Spirit
This is a distinctive, intense, one-year journey into contemplative practices of Jesus and the early church. It is for those who quest to flourish, overflow, and be the change our world needs (John 7:37 – 38). Click here for 2020 - 21 class details.


The Adult Faith Formation Ministry of Davidson United Methodist Church allows churches to rent its canvas labyrinth. Click here for a copy of the rental agreement.


Director of Spiritual Formation

Ann Starrette

Ann Starrette



Spiritual Formation Lay Leadership Team