By Dr. Rosyln “Roz” G. Weiner Question: I know that you do individual and group spiritual direction. But I’m a bit puzzled as to why you focus so much on group work. I only do individual work. Why are you so drawn to groups? Answer: I feel privileged to sit
Spiritual direction and companionship inspires people to experience authenticity in their lives as they connect with and explore the ground of all being, that deepest of truths which is beyond life and death and goes by many names, including God, and no name at all.
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Editor’s Note: Darlene Carlson sent us this account of her experience on the SDI Journey to Spain (May 11-20, 2022). She wrote with the prayer that such pilgrimages “continue for more pilgrims.” You may learn more about SDI’s next pilgrimage to Spain, July 24-August 3, 2022, here. It follows the
“My work is loving the world.” – Mary Oliver By Linda Burson Swift It’s been a challenging season for our global community. There is so much happening in the world around us currently and it’s definitely not a time to disengage from life, rather there is a collective invitation to
By Joyce Rupp Editor’s note: Though this post is written from a Christian perspective, the Whoosh Prayer might be used by anyone, anywhere — no matter their spiritual tradition or even if they have no tradition. We are grateful to Joyce Rupp for giving SDI permission to share her reflection
“We all have ways in which we have fallen short of our promise. Persons who have the courage to face their challenges, in this case drug addiction, have both strength and vulnerability. Facing the latter and noticing the former – while in the company of others and experiencing the acceptance
By Dr. Roslyn “Roz” Weiner QUESTION: I’m curious if you have noticed a connection between participation in one of your S.D. groups and one’s ability to sustain (and even thrive in) their ministry. In Christian circles, we see a concerning number of clergy leaving the ministry. I don’t know if
By Annette Darity Garber Shh.. listen. The trees have something to tell us and you cannot hear them if your shoes or your mind are running down the street toward tomorrow. So please,for the sake of tomorrow,for the sake of today(which is gone tomorrow),for the sake of your soulif not
This is your chance to ask questions about the practice and process of group spiritual direction and get answers from respected author and spiritual director Dr. Roslyn “Roz” G. Weiner. SDI Press published Roslyn’s book Seeking in the Company of Others: The Wisdom of Group Spiritual Direction in late 2021.
By Maryanne V. Tuite It was a warm June afternoon in 1984 as I arrived at the Brothers’ House of Prayer and rang the doorbell feeling a little nervous. All that dissipated once I met Brother Jack Mostyn.* His attentive demeanor was warm and welcoming, and he had a gentle-looking
By Haviva Ner-David I am the officiating rabbi at a ceremony at the ritual immersion pool that I founded and where I officiate ceremony and run workshops: Shmaya: A Mikveh for Mind, Body and Soul. Today I am officiating a conversion of a baby, long-awaited and born to a surrogate
New Mission Statement: “Cultivating the Practices of Deep Listening and Spiritual Presence Across Faith Traditions and Spiritual Orientations”
Editor’s note: This message is from the SDI executive director on behalf of the SDI Coordinating Council. It is also published in this month’s edition of “Presence.” SDI Members can read this edition on-line here. Those who are not yet SDI members, can sign up here. By Rev. SeiFu Anil
By Sarah Lyon There’s a flutter of feathered activity at a point along the dirt path that rises above the shoreline close to Kits Beach in Vancouver. Two, sometimes three hummingbirds dart between a sap-laden pine and other bushes set back from this well-trodden path. It becomes part of my daily