An Integrative 14-week Experiental Curriculum
for Christian Formation
WE ARE GLAD YOU FOUND US AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN BASILEIA'S APPROACH TO SPIRITUAL FORMATION. HOWEVER OUR PROGRAMME IS BEING SUSPENDED DUE TO SOME CHANGES IN OUR (ROB AND BOB'S) LIFE SITUATIONS BOTH IN HONG KONG AND CANADA. NO CRISIS JUST LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO CONTINUE THE BASILEIA PROGRAMME AS IT'S PRESENTLY STRUCTURED. WE WILL KEEP YOU NOTIFIED AS TO FUTURE PLANS. THANKS AGAIN.
GRACE AND PEACE
BOB JONES, ROB PENNER
Whole Learning: The BASILEIA curriculum seeks to help participants bring together the Biblical story with their own stories, the knowledge of self with the knowledge of God, reason with imagination, learning with love, and personal devotion with the public realm within which they live, work and play.
For the Whole People of God: BASILEIA's approach is to help ordinary Christians learn in the context of a single group cohort with whom you will see the 14-week journey through. We learn best as a community of friends created by the loving society of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Through small groups, seminars and retreats we engage in Bible study and discussion, prayer, liturgical worship, journaling, reading and films involving all of our faculties-mind and heart, body and soul.
For the Whole of Life: BASILIEA'S approach assumes that spiritual formation encompasses all of life in all it's complexity. Spirituality is not a private matter of the heart. [BAS-IL-I'-AH] means ‘kingdom’ in New Testament Greek and the kingdom of God is embodied in Jesus of Nazareth, who Himself is our King, the ‘good news.' God's 'kingdom come' then is dynamic, integrative and comprehensive, there is no dimension of life that falls outside Christ's will and ways for us.
We do not progress in the Christian life by becoming more competent, more knowledgeable, more virtuous or more engergetic...We are always beginners. We hear Jesus say, 'Unless you turn and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' And so we become as little children...We adore and we listen.
BASILEIA seeks to:
- INTEGRATE THE BIBLICAL STORY WITH OUR OWN AND OTHERS which includes integrating reason with imagination, the love of learning with a desire for God, and personal faith with public life—its work, institutions, ideas, privileges and obligations.
- APPROPRIATE the ‘THE HABITS OF THE HEART' - those established spiritual practices the historic Church has found to sustain one's life and devotion, not simply for a month, but for a lifetime: reading, study, praying the Psalms, worshiping in community and in solitude and learning to simply serve others in humility.
- CULTIVATE COMMUNITY Jesus' ministry was full of meals and stories in which strangers became friends. Jesus now calls us, 'friends' so friendships are central to Christian formation but friendships that are enduring and honest, yet safe. Friendships are nutured through hospitality: prayer, meals and learning together.
Where is BASILEIA located?
BASILEIA has no campus as such, but uses a variety of facilities in Hong Kong of different churches. The retreats will meet in one of the many retreat centres around HK; Saturday seminars will meet at selected venues belonging to participating churches; the small groups may meet in quiet locations or in the homes of Basileia 'hosts' for a meal, prayer and discussion.
BASILEIA is sponsored by the Regent College (Hong Kong) Foundation Limited, which supports graduate-level theological education at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Regent cultivates intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church and His world. Upon acceptance into a degree program at Regent College, students who have successfully completed all three Basilea modules may apply for 3 credit hours towards their program of study.
You may donate to the BASILEIA Project through Hong Kong's Regent Foundation. All funds will go to the development of this new initiative which we hope will encourage and nurture the whole people of God living in Hong Kong for the whole of their lives.