Neighborhood Seminary


  • Collaborative learning with teaching teams of practitioners and scholars

  • Accessible for lay people while built upon solid research and practice

  • Uses a variety of teaching methods because people learn in different ways


  • Practicing deep listening to God, others, and world in a posture of compassion

  • Attending to personal growth through time tested spiritual practices.

  • Large and small group experience with trained spiritual directors.


  • Working with missional innovators to learn to see as Jesus sees.

  • Building relationships with fellow learners, neighbors, and strangers.

  • Developing the senses to see and appreciate the gifts in ourselves and others.



The "Color of Compromise"
Book Study has been POSTPONED. 

Course re-scheduled for 10 consecutive Tuesdays, January 24-March 28, 2023,
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST (USA/Canada)

Registration for this re-scheduled course opens NOVEMBER 1.


  • Spiritual Formation: Following the Movement
    Oct 03, 7:00 PM EDT – Nov 14, 9:00 PM EST
    This virtual class will open new possibilities in prayer as you explore Finger Labyrinths as a way to process Henri Nouwen’s book on spiritual formation and experience bringing Nouwen’s insights and spiritual practices together for ever deeper personal transformation.
  • Encountering the Enneagram
    Oct 26, 6:30 PM EDT – Nov 30, 8:00 PM EST
    This course is intended for pastors, lay leaders and church leaders in parish settings seeking clarity about who they are, why they exist and how they are called to live authentically in a season of great chaos.
  • Active Faith
    Tue, Nov 01
    Nov 01, 6:30 PM – Nov 22, 8:00 PM
    This four-week course helps participants learn how to resist the dangerous ideologies and toxic forms of faith in our age that sap energy and create barriers between God and people. It introduces four practices that help renew and restore truth, joy, peace, and love to the soul. 
A Taste of Neighborhood Seminary
Multiple Dates
Oct 04, 6:30 PM EDT
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Good News

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Retirement of Dr. Elaine Heath as President of Neighborhood Seminary Announced by  Board of Directors

Neighborhood Seminary is one of the many creative results of the life work of Dr. Elaine Heath who served as Founder and President from 2017-2022.  At its April meeting this spring, the Board of Directors announced the retirement of Dr. Heath as President, effective June 1, 2022. Dr. Heath's vision for new expressions of being Church, for embodying what it means to more fully love God and neighbor are at the heart of the identity, mission and practices of NS.

While the word "retirement" may reflect a shift in her relationship with Neighborhood Seminary, Dr. Heath's ministries of nurturing community, embodying good news and cultivating shalom continue to grow in capacity and strength as she moves even more fully into the life of the Spring Forest Community, an intentional faith community, both residential and dispersed. Dr. Heath serves as Abbess of the SF Community, shepherd of the sheep and goats (literally), and is collaborative team leader of multiple ministries emerging from SF including, but not limited to, monthly worshipping community, the Farm as certified CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); and partnerships with Church World Service and World Relief's work with refugees and immigrants, including English as Second Language (ESL).  (See