The Schools of Sustainable Faith guide you into the contemplative life. They help you keep restful, life-giving rhythms. They spawn healthy, embodied spiritual practices. They nurture self-awareness and vocational clarity. They launch kingdom enterprises.

The School of Mercy & Justice (SMJ)

The School of Mercy and Justice is a one-year certificate program that offers participants an immersive, integrated, and robust spiritual formation for those who desire to cultivate a deep life with God and engage in the work of mercy and justice with those on the margins in the world.

Through the combined experience of learning together through teaching and discussion, reading superb literature, engaging in individual and group activities and reflection, receiving spiritual direction, and practicing spiritual disciplines — all in a communal setting — students will grow in embodying the contemplative, missional life.

For an overview of our year together and a little more about the history of the SOMJ see the menu below the dates to the right. 


  1. Fill out a brief application

  2. Have a phone conversation with the cohort leader in your desired location

  3. Confirm your desire to participate

  4. Submit a deposit to secure your spot

    (You can begin the registration process with the REGISTRATION button to the right.)


The cost of tuition for the SOMJ is $1,200 USD. This represents about a 25% tuition reduction of the actual cost which is closer to USD $1,600 USD. We have generous support and partnerships and will continue to provide scholarships for as long as we are able to do so.

Location & Dates

Each school spans 9 months with
10 transforming days

Columbus, OH (Fri/Sat) Hannah Estabrook
Sep 27-28, 2019
Dec 6-7, 2019
Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2020
Mar 27-28, 2020
May 29-30, 2020

Halifax, NS (Fri/Sat) Matte Downey
Oct 25-26, 2019
Dec 6-7, 2019
Jan 24-25, 2020
Mar 6-7, 2020
Apr 17-18, 2020

Winnipeg, MB (Fri/Sat) Suhail Stephen
Oct 18-19, 2019
Dec 6-7, 2019
Feb 7-8, 2020
Apr 3-4, 2020
May 29-30, 2020