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Spiritual Direction

  • “ A spiritual director…is not a counselor, a therapist, or an analyst, but a mature fellow Christian to whom we choose to be accountable for living our spiritual life and from whom we can expect prayerful support in our constant struggle to discern God’s activity .”
    -Henri Nouwen

Spiritual direction may be a good fit for you if…

     …you think of yourself as a spiritual seeker.

     …you seek a closer relationship with God.

     …you seek to integrate spirituality into daily life.

     …you want a better prayer life.

     …you feel something is missing from life.

      …you need someone to help in prayerfully discerning a call of God for you.

     …you desire to identify and trust your own experiences of God.

The spiritual direction encounter does not seek to “fix” the directee or the directee’s life. Rather, patient and prayerful attention is given to the development of one’s ability to recognize God’s movements in one’s life and then to work through challenges or unfreedoms that make following God’s movements difficult. In this lifetime, one cannot “complete” the spiritual journey…whether advanced or beginners, we are continuously invited to take the “next step” into deeper intimacy with the divine. Spiritual direction can help you discern the next step for you. 

 “ Spiritual direction is the act of paying attention to God, calling attention to God, being attentive to God in a person or circumstance or situation. . . . It notices the Invisibilities in and beneath and around the Visibilities. It listens for the Silences between the spoken Sounds. ”
-Eugene H. Peterson

I am trained in the “contemplative-evocative” style of spiritual direction. The “contemplative” side refers to the environment of the sessions: each one is like a mini-retreat — prayerful, restful, providing the directee the safe and sacred space to look deeply at his or her experiences in order to recognize, savor, and respond to God’s presence within those experiences. The “evocative” side refers to the approach of the director: rather than telling the directee what he or she should do, the director is trained to ask questions that evoke the directee’s own inner wisdom.

I was raised in the United Methodist church, worshipped in a non-denominational church in college, studied theology at a Catholic university, and now attend a Presbyterian church, so I have observed and can appreciate a wide range of ways of talking about and experiencing God. I am grateful for this breadth of experience, and I am thrilled to add to it as I become familiar with the unique experiences of each new directee.