June – 2022

In This Issue

“Our role is to get those we
into the vicinity where their
spiritual flowering
might become possible.
Into the neighbourhood,
but without shortcuts, as there are none to be had.”

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



Rabbi Rami Shapiro

I have been a rabbi for over forty years. The role of a rabbi as I understand it is threefold: to solicit questions from you, to help you sharpen your questions once asked, and then to answer your questions in such a way as to solicit further questions. My understanding of what it is to be a spiritual companion is similar, but not quite the same.


Rev. SeiFu Anil Singh-Molares, MTS

Each of us has a unique spiritual path to tread. And as Machado’s poem so beautifully evokes, the path walks each of us, rather than us it.

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Spiritual Directors International

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

Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares, MTS

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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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