Academy for Spiritual and Social Practices
St. Paul UMC, located in inner-city East Dayton, is already a significant mission site, steeped in Wesleyan tradition, where a diverse community of people come to practice discipleship. The mission of the church is: Belong, Believe, Bless. As we fulfill this mission, our emerging call is to reach out and invite others to join us as we seek to balance personal and social holiness through functional and contemplative practices. The purpose of creating the Academy for Spiritual and Social Practices is to bring together faithful practitioners traveling a spiritual path who have a desire to learn more about themselves and deepen their relationship with God and others.
In this time of upheaval in both society and the church, we envision a space that offers opportunities to share spiritual and social concepts, methods, and principles through education and practice with all people who have a desire for a deepening relationship with God through the midst of the ordinary activities of daily life.
The Academy of Spiritual and Social Practices offers educational classes and contact opportunities with the purpose of building relationships within a diverse community using Jesus’ ministry as our foundation:
To be a visible outpouring of God’s love and compassion
To recognize the potential in everyone
To practice racial inclusiveness
To create a positive impact on systems that oppress the vulnerable
Upcoming Academy Events: