Spiritual Direction as Prophetic Ministry

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

09:00 - 16:00 PDT

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Spiritual Direction as Prophetic Ministry

As we listen to God’s call to us as individuals and to the people we serve, we sense a profound awakening moving many to respond to the injustice and immorality all around us. What is our role as spiritual directors to honor these callings?

We will explore how our own social location influences our connection and availability to ourselves and with our directees. We will listen for what we sometimes want to avoid.

We will examine how white privilege/white supremacy and implicit bias affects our work as Spiritual directors. We will ponder the evolution of spiritual direction to be part of the liberation of our world and of creating beloved community.

Through contemplative practices we will listen for ways to  discern, practice  self-care and to feed our prophetic role as spiritual directors.

We invite you to join us in listening to Spirit and to prophets from all times to assist us in greater liberation for ourselves and for all people.

Ravi Verma

Ravi Verma is a spiritual director based in Los Angeles, and served on SDI’s Coordinating Council for six years, with the past two years serving as the Chair. He’s been a leader and steady presence at SDI for a long time. Ravi has dedicated his life to the work of spiritual companionship and has given much of himself to SDI, living out his belief that the life-changing modality of spiritual companionship can transform us, and can change the world.

Lerita Coleman Brown

Lerita Coleman Brown, Ph.D., is a happily retired psychology professor, spiritual director/companion, author, retreat leader, and speaker.  A graduate of the Shalem Institute, Lerita promotes contemplative spirituality, the living wisdom of Howard Thurman, and uncovering the peace and joy in one’s heart on her website, peaceforhearts.com and other social media platforms.  Relevant publications include, “Dissecting Racism: Healing Minds, Cultivating Spirits,” in the edited volume, Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America and her book, When the Heart Speaks, Listen—Discovering Inner Wisdom. leritacolemanbrown.com

Nahum Ward-Lev

Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev is a teacher, scholar and long time spiritual director. For many years his teaching has focused on exploring how the wisdom of the Hebrew Prophets can energize and guide liberation initiatives. The fruit of this teaching appears in his recent book, The Liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now. In recent years, he has become increasingly interested in how spiritual direction can be infused with prophetic awareness. Nahum founded and leads Beit Midrash of Santa Fe, a multi-faith sacred learning community. He has led workshops at retreat centers, synagogues, churches and seminaries across the United States. Nahum is the Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM and a Fellow of the Rabbis Without Borders Initiative.

Amy Eilberg

Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She serves as a spiritual director and interfaith justice activist in the San Francisco Bay Area and as Senior Faculty for The Mussar Institute.  She most recently served as the Coordinator of Jewish Engagement for Faith in Action Bay Area, a multi-faith, multi-racial social justice organization.  Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in March 2014. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2016.

Registrations are now closed.

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