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At CDSP, we understand lifelong spiritual formation to be the cultivation of communal and individual habits, affects, practices and beliefs that help us know and love God, whom we see in Jesus Christ and whom we encounter in the Holy Spirit.

Through formation, we more clearly see, know, and love ourselves, our neighbors and the cosmos.

We assume that every part of a student’s program of study is formation. Specific engagement in the formation program encompasses:

  1. Spiritual Direction – Every student is required to be in spiritual direction. They must tell their advisor how often the student and spiritual director meet – minimum, monthly
  2. Peer Formation Groups
  3. For residential students, regular chapel attendance beyond required rota assignments is a crucial component of formation. For low-residence students, chapel attendance at both Eucharists and Offices is expected during the intensives and regular rota assignments are made.
  4. Residential students are expected to attend class retreats in their entirety. For low-res students, an on-campus Quiet Day will be calendared on the Saturday before classes begin in both January and June.
  5. A Quiet Day will be offered each year on Monday of Presidents Weekend for the residential program (and any low-res students who might be in the Bay Area).

This document outlines the requirements for the non-credit spiritual formation course that is required each year of every M.Div. and CAS student, both residential and low-residence. Students in other programs may participate if they are interested and committed.

Learn more about the spiritual formation program required for MDiv students, and read more on page 12 of the Spring 2016 issue of Crossings magazine.