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November 2016

Befriending Death? The Spiritual Dimension of Loss and Change

Wed 16 November 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Why do Christians find it so hard to consider mortality and prepare for death? This day aims to facilitate a conversation about this aspect of our shared ministry and introduce some resources to equip us all to continue to develop and grow in wisdom in this area of pastoral and spiritual work. The day is offered to spiritual directors and anyone, lay or ordained, engaged in pastoral ministry. Download a copy of the course handout Please note that this course… Read more

March 2017

The Psalms as Resource in the Work of Spiritual Direction

Thu 2 March 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A day with Patrick Woodhouse exploring how the Psalms can be a help and resource in the challenge of Spiritual Direction. Patrick will use use his recently published book, Life in the Psalms, and draw upon his extensive knowledge of the diaries and letters of the Dutch mystic Etty Hillesum. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

November 2017

Spiritual Directors Forum: The Distinctiveness of Spiritual Direction

Wed 22 November 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This gathering will offer participants the chance to reflect on the distinctiveness of the ministry of spiritual direction. We will reflect together, drawing on other models of one-to-one support (e.g. supervision, pastoral care, counselling), to clarify understanding of the particular focus of spiritual direction. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

March 2018

Spiritual Directors Forum: Spiritual Direction With Leaders

Thu 1 March 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This gathering will offer participants the chance to explore the opportunities and challenges for leaders entering and braving the co-listening space. The day will be led by Dr Micha Jazz. He describes himself as a mystagogue and has established St Cuthbert’s Oratory as a space for prayer, retreat and encounter with God. An experienced mediator and coach, he recently launched with a colleague Bowring & Jazz, an e-learning business, placing years of practical workplace skills training online. He writes and… Read more

June 2018

Spiritual Directors Forum: Spiritual Accompanying and Vocation

Wed 6 June 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spiritual direction conversations can be vital when exploring a sense of vocation, whether to a formally recognised ministry, or to a deeper expression of gifts and energies in response to God’s call. Many people seek guidance when looking for change or a fresh challenge and those in a formal discernment process are often required to be in spiritual direction. Spiritual directors and others who accompany on a vocational journey may find themselves engaged with issues of hearing and responding to… Read more

November 2018

Spiritual Directors Forum: Companions for the Journey

Mon 5 November 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
People on a spiritual journey are longing for others to walk with, not to walk alone. Often they are not looking for teachers, or even guides, so much as fellow explorers. There is as much need for ‘community’ as there has ever been and certainly the fragmented nature of our society leaves some on the margins, unsure where to find spiritual bread. Jacqui Lea has been engaged in offering hospitality to those in search of spiritual safe space, through the… Read more

February 2019

Spiritual Directors Forum: Listening in Spirit?

Mon 11 February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spiritual directors are called to accompany others in an exploration of prayerful response to God. God may be understood as present through the Holy Spirit. How do we experience the work of the Spirit in our lives and our listening? How do we listen for ourselves and for those we listen with, in ways which both acknowledge our own responsibility and yet remain open to the surprising, transforming work of the Spirit What is the differentiation between Spirit, intuition and… Read more

April 2019

Spiritual Directors Forum: Vocation, Identity and Affirmation

Mon 29 April, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spiritual Direction is a highly relational ministry. How do we locate ourselves in this role in ways which are rooted in our own self of sense, spirituality and vocation as well as accountability and professionalism? What gives us a sense of worth ? How do we evaluate or monitor our developing practice? This day will explore the vocation of spiritual direction, together with the internal and external resources which may enable us to inhabit the flexibility of this ministry whilst… Read more
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