Presence Journal

An International Journal of Spiritual Companionship

Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes thought-provoking articles on topics of interest to spiritual directors and everyone interested in creating healing, peace, and justice through the ministry and service of spiritual companionship.

The goal of Presence is to identify current trends in the field, to provide background and resources for spiritual directors as well as others interested in the ministry and service of spiritual direction, and to look ahead at what might be developing in the future. In 2014 we celebrated twenty years of Presence publications, featuring provocative articles written by spiritual directors all over the world.

Presence is published in March, June, September, and December. Currently, Presence is read by more than seven-thousand subscribers and members of SDI, and can be found in major theological libraries and formation and training centers around the world. Presence is included with membership, and non-members may also subscribe.

In addition to feature articles, Presence includes book reviews specifically of interest to people involved in spiritual care as well as reflections, artwork, and poetry.

Become a member of SDI and receive Presence along with many other benefits.

Digital Presence

Digital versions of the four most current issues are available to all SDI Members. You can subscribe to the print version of Presence if you want to receive it in the mail. Back issues of the journal can be ordered by visiting the SDI Store.

Print Presence

Printed issues of Presence are mailed quarterly to Jupiter (Enhanced) and Cosmos (Premium) Members of SDI. 

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Free Issue For Everyone - Presence Issue 20.3

If you’re curious to see how the digital ‘flip’ version of Presence works, please enjoy the September 2014 issue of Presence, which we are making avaliable free to everybody. Click on the cover to open and read.​

Issue 20.3 - September 2014

An Interview with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Spiritual Journeying with Trauma Survivors

Guiding the Spiritual but Not Religious

Images of Interfaith Meditation and Spiritual Direction