December – 2022

In This Issue

“Spiritual directors, like no one else, are most in the position to guide people through the subtlety and the transformation of all three steps: shadow work, dualistic clarity, and non-dual response. That’s your vocation, to lead people in these different spiritual liminal spaces—to show them how to survive there, and then to show them how to move beyond.”


Fr. Richard Rohr

I think we have all become aware in the last century leading up to the present time that humans are capable of great evil and that they are also quite able to call their evil good, which is exactly what the prophet Isaiah, the Buddha, Thomas Aquinas, and C. S. Lewis said would be the case. It is the only way that human persons can allow themselves to do very selfish and very wrong things.


Phil Fox Rose

When something unfolds that seems meant to be, I recall a phrase from my Quaker past: the way opens. It suggests that when things are right, the path can seem to emerge almost magically and fall into place easily. Coming to SDI as the new editorial director feels like one of those times. I was a member of SDI over a decade ago and, like many, my first encounter was through Presence Journal.

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Spiritual Directors International

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

Phil Fox Rose

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Pegge Erkeneff

Art Editor:
Matt Whitney

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Tobias Becker

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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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