Volume 27, Number 4 – December 2021


In This Issue

"Cultivating the Practices of Deep Listening and Spiritual Presence Across All Faith Traditions and Spiritual Orientations."

New SDI Mission and Vision Statement,
SDI Coordinating Council, 2021

From this issue's Focus, by Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares


Power is the elephant in the room in every spiritual direction session, and it is the responsibility of the director to equalize the power. To address power, we must begin by rethinking our thinking, a phrase used by Christian philosopher Dallas Willard to describe repentance. Power is not something that we can just rid ourselves of. We cannot entirely empty ourselves of power as power was given by the Divine to every human person through the ability to choose. To attempt to empty ourselves of power is as futile as attempting to empty ourselves of ego. Power is a flow, an active dynamic happening within and between persons and systems at any given time or place. 


At a just concluded retreat of SDI’s Coordinating Council (or “Board of Directors”), it was decided that we would optimize our mission statement to bring the organization’s focus into sharper relief.

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by Lucy Abbott Tucker

Reviewed by Monique CM Keffer, MA

edited by Rev. Dr. Peter Bentley and Rev. Ann Lock CT

Reviewed by Dr. Kristen Hobby

edited by Irene Alexander and Christopher Brown

Reviewed by Dr. Kristen Hobby

edited by Laurie Cassidy and M. Shawn Copeland

Reviewed by Kathryn Madden, rc

by Tracy Balzer

Reviewed by Stephanie Bussey-Spencer Patton

by Mark Nepo

Reviewed by Linda Douty

by Katherine May

Reviewed by Greg Richardson

edited by Edwin C. Goldberg and Elaine Zecher

Reviewed by Karen Erlichman, DMin, LCSW


Publisher: Spiritual Directors International

Executive Director: Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares, MTS

Editor: Nick Wagner

Media Review Editor:  Pegge Erkeneff

Art Editor: Matt Whitney

Web Designer: Ann Lancaster

Graphic Designer: Tobias Becker

Founding Editor: Susan S. Jorgensen, MA

Poetry Editor: Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann

Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction is published in March, June, September, and December. Presence offers a forum among diverse people and spiritual traditions for the exploration of present and future trends in the art and ministry of spiritual direction. Presence is grounded in the belief that our deepest calling is to be present to one another as we share the gift of ourselves. Presence strives to articulate the essential elements of contemplative practices, formation, and training; to encourage accountability; and to develop clear ethical guidelines. Presence supports a global contemplative dialog of spiritual care and compassion for others, ourselves, and the whole cosmos. ISSN 1081-7662.

Opinions expressed in this journal are the opinions of the authors and advertisers and may not represent the opinions of Spiritual Directors International, the coordinating council, or the editors. All biblical quotations are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted.


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