Spiritual Life Forum

Abiding in Christ: Deepening our Intimacy with Christ for the Sake of Others

Do you desire to enter more deeply into the intimacy of knowing God, others, and the created world? Do you long to be invited on a spiritual journey of transformation? Come be a part of Urbana Seminary’s Spiritual life forum as we seek to rest and hope on Him, renewing our faith once again in the profound truth that abiding in Christ is beautifully suited to our weaknesses.


9:00-9:40 AM Invitation to Come and Abide – John 15

9:40-9:50 Break

9:50-10:30 AM Resting in the Goodness of God – Gen. 1-2

10:30-10:45  Break

Resting in the Love of God – Phil 2

10:45-11:25 Break

11:25-12:10 Leading out of the Spirit-led Desires of God – Gal. 5

12:10-12:30: question and answer/discussion time

Snacks and coffee will be available throughout the morning.

Speaker Biography

Duane Otto serves the body of Christ as a pastor, farmer, and founding president of The Agrarian Center for Creation, Culture & Conscience (Ithaka Fellowship.org). He holds degrees in agricultural economics (University of Illinois), divinity and counseling (Covenant Seminary), and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in spiritual formation (Northern Seminary). Duane also has a two-year certificate in spiritual transformation from the Transforming Center led by Ruth Haley Barton and practices spiritual direction in central Illinois. Prior to moving to Illinois in 2007, He and his wife ministered in Louisiana and Georgia. They have six children and live on a farm north of Bloomington.


Cost:  $20–to be paid at the door.  Please RSVP to Dr. Melody Green, mgreen@urbanatheologicalseminary.org  so that we can save you a seat and make sure we have materials for you!