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Five-Day Academy

Location: Siena Retreat Cetner 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI

Come to the Waters
sponsored by the NIC Spiritual Formation Committee


Come to the Waters to be centered, grounded and rejuvenated. Find the sacred within, regardless of decisions or outcomes. Come, learn to dwell with the unknown, being held in the power of the Holy Spirit.


When and where is the academy?
Arrive: Sunday, Oct 2, 2022 @ 3 - 5 pm.
Depart: Friday, Oct 7, 2022 @ 1 pm.
Location: Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI on Lake Michigan.

What does it cost?
$625.00 per person if you register before April 15, 2022 (extended). This includes tuition, private room and bath, and all meals.
Registration cost after that date is $700.00 per person. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required with registration.
All registrations and payments are due by July 15, 2022.
Clergy and laity may qualify for limited scholarship funds.

What is the Five-Day Academy®?
The Five-Day Academy is a program of Upper Room® Ministries, providing an opportunity to tune our hearts toward God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, learning, and reflection. Each day includes teachings by gifted spiritual leaders to deepen our walk with God, periods of silence, morning and evening prayer, Eucharist, and an opportunity to share with and encourage one another.

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Safiyah Fosua

Faculty: SAFIYAH FOSUA is a retired professor of spiritual formation at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and former Director of Transformational Preaching Ministries at Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Safiyah and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Kwasi Kena, also served as missionaries to Ghana, West Africa, assisting the Methodist Church of Ghana in curriculum writing, leadership development, and local pastors’ education. Safiyah has served churches in Iowa, and New Jersey, and is in frequent demand as a preacher, speaker, Bible study leader, and worship designer for national events. In addition to her professional teaching roles, Safiyah and her husband have two adult children and are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren. In spare moments, Safiyah writes prayers and Christian poetry, as well as engages the ancient practices of needle crafting, quilting, and batik.

Ray Buckley

Faculty: RAY BUCKLEY is the interim Director for the Center of Native Spirituality and Christian Study. Ray has served The United Methodist Church as a staff member of The United Methodist Publishing House, Director of the Native People Communication Office (UMCom) for nine years, and Director of Connectional Ministries and Native Discipleship for the Alaska Missionary Conference. Ray is the author/illustrator of five storybooks: God’s Love is Like, The Give-Away, The Wing, and Christmas Moccasins (Abingdon Press), and many other studies and articles. A teacher, preacher, and lecturer, Ray is of Lakota/Tlingit/Scots descent and makes his home in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of Alaska. He has lived and taught in Nigeria and Ghana and is a traditional basket-maker and woodcarver. Ray is one of several Native leaders profiled in As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East, by Frye Gillard, and The Power of Eagles: Nature’s Way to Individual Accomplishment, by Twyman L. Towery.

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