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Institutes for Christian Spirituality

          James L. Foster
James L. Foster is a former Baptist minister and Mennonite church planter who is President Emeritus of Institutes for Christian Spirituality (ICS) and Interim Director of Peacebuilding Institute of East Tennessee.  He has a Masters Degree in Christology from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and engaged in additional graduate studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and at Central Baptist Seminary.  He has served for several years on the denominational Board of Directors for the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions.  He has worked as an advocate for the Caribbean poor, particularly those in Haiti, Jamaica, and Guyana. He has for many years served as spiritual director for numerous individuals and has conducted over a hundred prayer workshops, hunger workshops, and theological workshops in churches and retreat centers from Florida to New York and from Virginia to North Dakota, including Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Anabaptist, UCC and Unitarian-Universalist churches and schools and has spoken from their pulpits.  He is currently writing full time and has written a seminal book titled Holy Humanity: We Are All made of God Stuff.  He is currently writing a sequel titled Holonic Humanity: How God Makes Us Holy, an in-depth study of human evolution, identity, and the human future.

Jim, as he prefers to be called, is available to facilitate workshops in prayer, centering prayer, and Holy Humanity.  His approach in each of these areas is both practical and theological.  The workshops range from about 3 hours long to full weekends and are often scheduled in tandem with preaching engagements on “Saving Christianity from Itself,” a “Biblical Theology of Nonviolence and Forgiveness,” “The Peaceable Kingdom” or a round table discussion with church leadership on “Revisioning the Christian Faith.”

Reverend Foster may be contacted by mail at ICS, 204 Busbee Road, Knoxville, TN 37920 or by telephone at 1-865-573-4089. His email address is jimsandyfoster@yahoo,com.

Following are a few of the many responses to his ministry:

…His seminars on prayer should be experienced by every congregation. The insights, depth analysis and practical theological input make prayer come alive…
                                                                Dr. Don Augsburger, Mennonite Pastor
                                                                Sarasota, Florida

…I have found my own practice of Christian spirituality enhanced by this prayer workshop. I recommend it to all Christians desiring to grow in their life of faith and in their practice of the presence of God…
                                                                Linda Kusse-Wolfe, minister, Church of the Brethren
                                                                Roanoke, Virginia

…Jim’s profound spirituality, his ecumenical sensitivity, and his compassionate concern for others have characterized his dedicated work with Institutes for Christian Spirituality…. I hope you will provide Jim with the opportunity to lead your people in a deeper understanding of prayer…. It just might be one of the threshold experiences in your congregation’s journey toward answering the call to be a blessing for others.
                                                                Rev. William O. Gafkjen, Lutheran pastor
                                                                Niles, Michigan

...I have found Jim to be a person of integrity, and of deep concern for the renewal of spiritual and contemplative life in the Christian churches…
                                                                The Rev. J. A. Crocker, Jr., Bishop’s Canon for Ministry Development
                                                                The Episcopal Diocese of Utah

…Rev. Foster has a unique ministry in that he campaigns for the poor and hungry and at the same time offers new insight for those hungering for freshness in their prayer life.
                                                                Rev. Jeffery D. Hency, Church of God minister
                                                                Anderson, Indiana

…We were recently privileged to have him as guest speaker / leader in School of Theology classes and Chapel service. He spoke on behalf of poor people with passion and clarity.
                                                                Dwight L. Grubbs, Professor of Applied Theology
                                                                Anderson University School of Theology


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