We invite you to use the resources below in your faith journey.
A. Free Prayer Apps for Your Apple or Android Device
1. Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book
Initially a two-volume set only available in print, it’s now free via the app on your device.
2. The Upper Room
Daily devotionals. Also at www.upperroom.org.
3. Pray As You Go
A 10-13 minute daily podcast that combines music, scripture and questions for reflection. Also at www.pray-as-you-go.org. 6 other languages are available via links at pray-as-you-go.org/about/.
4. Sacred Space
Guides you step-by-step through daily prayer, scripture, and personal reflection. Available in 22 languages. Also at www.sacredspace.ie/.
5. Centering Prayer
If you do centering prayer, this app supports your practice with scripture, sounds, and readings from Thomas Keating. Find the app by Contemplative Outreach.
1. The Bible Project
Short animated videos that make the biblical story accessible to everyone. If you want an introduction to a specific book of the Bible or to some of the Bible’s overarching themes, this is it. Extremely well done and theologically sound.
2. Bible Journaling
This spiritual practice has become popular in recent years.
3. Using an Illuminated Bible
A modern take on a prayer practice that began in the Middle Ages.
5. Praying in Color
A way of praying with simple art supplies.
6. Accepting the Embrace of God: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina
Lectio divina is a practice combining Bible reading and prayer.
7. Praying in a Labyrinth (including how to make one)
Christians have long used labyrinths as a means of prayer and meditation.
8. Practicing our Faith
12 practices for a robust spiritual life. Includes honoring our body, saying yes and no, testimony, household economics, and more.
9. A 34-Week Online Retreat
Available in 8 languages.
10. Contemplative Outreach
The main website for centering prayer, a way of praying without words that has transformed the lives of many people.
An organization founded by Richard Foster that unites contemplative, holiness, charismatic, social justice, evangelical, and incarnational streams of Christian spirituality.
12. Christian Classics Ethereal Library
The largest Internet collection of historical writings from the history of Christian spirituality.
C. Spiritual Directors
The practice of spiritual direction stretches back to Jesus. Often occurring in one-on-one settings, spiritual direction helps you discern, respond to, and participate in the mission of God. Spiritual directors usually have a Spirit-bestowed gift for this ministry, some kind of formal training, and experience. Fees vary.
1. Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network
Includes a link to the most recent list of Mennonite directors.
2. Seek and Find Guide
From Spiritual Directors International, an interfaith list of spiritual directors, mostly Christian.
D. Online Periodicals
1. Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology
Published by the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and by the Centre for Faith and Life at Canadian Mennonite University.
2. Anabaptist Witness
A global Anabaptist and Mennonite dialogue on key issues facing the church in mission.
E. Mennonite Related Retreat Centers
The Hermitage, Three Rivers, Michigan
Pathways Retreat, Goshen, Indiana