9 Epiphanies of the Soul – Find out your Ennegram #!
Who am I: The 9 Epiphanies of the Soul (our winter sermon series)
The season of Epiphany (which begins January 6) leads us to ask two important Christian questions: who is this God who meets us in a manger and who am I in light of who this God is?
Who am I? Who is the God of the universe and the manger calling me to be? These were the questions those Near Eastern wise men – a mix of scholars, philosophers, astronomers, mystics – pondered around fire pit as they followed that divine star to Bethlehem, and these are the questions that circulate in our minds.
Who am I? And in what ways am I in need of transformation to be the whole, healthy version of who God has made me? The problem is that religious people are often the hardest to enlighten and transform because we don’t think we need it. We often find more openness and responsiveness to self-reflection in the county jail than we do in the church. Unfortunately, much of western Christianity today has more to do with disguising the ego behind the screen of religion and culture than with any real movement toward God or transformation of the ego and the self.
This winter, join us as we explore together the ancient tool of the Enneagram to help us ask this very human and very Christian question: Who am I? The Enneagram is not a personality test like many of the ones you have taken before. Developed in it’s Christian understanding by desert monk Evagrius Ponticus (399 AD) and later expounded upon by Franciscan Friar Blessed Ramon Lull (1236-1315), the Enneagram is an exploration of the 9 faces of the human soul (and the desires, needs, sins, and paths and patterns for growth for each). The understanding is that we all have some of each face, each Enneagram number, in us, but we all have leading faces, numbers that define who we are, how we live and move within the world, and how we encounter God.
Take the Enneagram Type Indicator Test (preferably before Jan 6)
There are many versions of this test. Some are worthwhile and others are highly inaccurate. The absolute best version to take is the Enneagram Institute‘s 144 question RHETI version that you can purchase for $12 on their website.
However, there is a shorter online sample version of that one available for quick analysis. We recommend the following:
- Before the start of this new sermon series, take this 36 question Enneagram Type Indicator Test.
- Read through all of the descriptions of the 9 Types to avoid mistyping. Find the one or two that sound the most like you. Hopefully these will match your highest numbers.
- (Optional) Order the full RHETI test for $12 if you are interested in knowing more and diving deeper.
Sermon Series Schedule
Week 1 (Jan 6) – Face/Epiphany 1 | The Reformer/Perfectionist
Week 2 (Jan 13) – Face/Epiphany 2 | The Helper/Advisor
Week 3 (Jan 20) – Face/Epiphany 3 | The Achiever/Motivator
Week 4 (Jan 27) – Face/Epiphany 4 | The Individualist/Romantic/Artist
Week 5 (Feb 3) – Face/Epiphany 5 | The Investigator/Thinker
Week 6 (Feb 10) – Face/Epiphany 6 | The Loyalist/Skeptic
Week 7 (Feb 17) – Face/Epiphany 7 | The Enthusiast/Generalist
Week 8 (Feb 24) – Face/Epiphany 8 | The Leader/Challenger
Week 9 (Mar 3) – Face/Epiphany 9 | The Peacemaker/Mediator
Our hope is that by exploring these 9 faces of the soul, by having our 9 epiphanies this Epiphany season, that we will love God more deeply, know ourselves more fully in light of the God who meets us in Jesus, and understand more charitably our families, neighbors, co-workers as we seek to love our neighbor as ourself.
Other Resources on the Christian perspective of the Enneagram:
- The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr
- The Road Back to You: An Ennegram Journey of Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile
- The Road Back to You Podcast
- @enneagramandcoffee Instagram Page
- The Kingstowne Communion Podcast – In your favorite podcast app, type in our RSS feed: https://kingstownecommunion.fireside.fm/rss