All Saints’, Carmel, is pleased to introduce The Center for Christian Transformation, whose purpose is to equip members of the Church for more effective ministry. The center offers a series of Festivals of Christian Spirituality. These gatherings seek to permit the Holy Spirit to change our lives, so that as followers of Jesus we might more effectively serve as agents of transformation in the world. Each festival community addresses a critical need in the contemporary world while celebrating the love of Christ.
Several different spiritual practices are offered at each festival. However, the central discipline is always a contemporary version of conversatio, an ancient practice from the Benedictine tradition. This disarmingly simple form of discernment unites listening to God, self, and others in the setting of a prayerful dialogue. Consistent with its heritage, conversatio is both a specific practice and a way of life.
We anticipate returning home renewed and further equipped to make the Gospel relevant in word and deed. Participants are encouraged to share this new way of life, with its emerging insights and wisdom, within our own contexts of ministry. The Center permits us to remain connected after the festival concludes, while providing additional resources through the internet.