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Rediscovering Faith as a Transforming Way of Life: Creating Covenant Community in Mexico City

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      This project is the creation of an initial learning cohort in Mexico City that will intentionally train in spiritual formation through retreats, common readings, and shared practices aimed at enhancing the awareness of God’s presence and activity in everyday life. This project is designed to convene a Spanish-speaking pioneer cohort for spiritual formation that will gather with the intention of cultivating spiritual renewal and shared practices in community, thus providing a viable alternative to the exhaustion and joylessness so common in today’s residents of Mexico City. This project develops a monthly reading list, shared spiritual practices, and two weekend retreats that provide formational education and experiences for a group of self-selecting individuals to journey with great intentionality through one year in their spiritual life together. Ultimately this project has the potential of continuing in long-term covenant community, forming a very loose religious “third-order” through a shared Rule of Life. The ministry challenge at the heart of this project is the distressed human condition of life in Latin American cities. Most are surrounded and bombarded by hurry, noise, and crowds, and the struggle often results in a noisy and disordered heart. As an alternative to the empty, feverish pace of Latin American city life, this collective group of spiritual friends can experiment with the life-giving rhythms of grace, modeled by Jesus Christ. Through intentional shared learning and practice, this project can address the unique burdens and hindrances to spiritual formation and inspire the with-God life for those who live in Mexico City. Those of us who are participating in this doctoral project envision that through this intentional spiritual formation program, apprentice-circles like this pilot cohort will one day be found in other Spanish-speaking countries scattered across the hemisphere.
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