Wednesday Workshops (A)
Renaissance 2021 Attendees:
Spiritual Guidance in a Post-Religious World: Lessons from the Front Lines of Working with the Nones, the Dones, and Those Hurt by Religion
Fr. Adam Bucko has been a committed voice in the movement for the renewal of Christian Contemplative Spirituality and the growing New Monastic movement. He has taught engaged contemplative spirituality in Europe and the US and co-authored two books: Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation and The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living. Committed to an integration of contemplation and just practice, he co-founded an award winning non-profit, the Reciprocity Foundation, where he spent 15 years working with homeless youth living on the streets of New York City, providing spiritual care, developing programs to end youth homelessness and articulating a vision for spiritual mentoring in a post-religious world. He currently serves as a director of The Center for Spiritual Imagination at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY and is a member of The Community of the Incarnation, a “new monastic” community dedicated to democratizing the gifts of monastic spirituality and teaching contemplative spirituality in the context of hearing and responding to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.
Compassion-Centered Spiritual Direction: Internal Family Systems as a Model for Spiritual Companions
Frank Rogers is a spiritual director, supervisor, IFS practitioner, retreat leader, writer, and professor of spiritual formation at the ecumenical and inter-faith Claremont School of Theology. He has taught and written in spirituality, contemplative practice, and compassionate social engagement for over 30 years, and is the author of Practicing Compassion and Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus. As the Co-Director for the Center for Engaged Compassion, he offers and teaches compassion-based approaches to spiritual direction and supervision.
Spiritual Companionship in the Islamic Sufi Tradition- Rumi, Hafiz, Rabia and the Qur'an
Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He is a former co-host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.
The Unashamed Body: Techniques for Healing
Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale is the Chair and Founder of the non-profit, Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith where she trains professional leadership an inclusive, science-friendly, and sex-positive Christianity. An artist and musician she has written, produced and performed in her one-woman show, An Irreverent Journey From Eggbeaters to Vibrators. She is the co-author of Advancing Sexual Health for The Christian Client recently published in 2019 by Routledge Publications. This unique resource provides tools for theological and sexual health professionals as it combines the insights of science and a sex-positive Christian theology. Her ministry has included ecumenical campus ministry at the University of Pennsylvania for 21 years and as a local pastor. She is currently serving as clergy-in-residence at United Christian Church in Levittown, PA and is a professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania teaching courses on sexuality and religion.
Pilgrimage of Companionship and Celtic Imagination: Walking with the Spiritual but not Religious
Gil & Cathy Stafford
Dr. Cathy Stafford, Ed.D is a seeker of Wisdom and a pilgrim of compassionate presence. Her journey has taken her on the path of serving as an elementary school teacher, college professor, and public school superintendent. Cathy practices holy listening as a way of life and provides professional leadership coaching to those who are looking for support. She has organized and facilitated several pilgrimages in Ireland for other seekers. She is a graduate of Tacheria Interfaith School of Spiritual Direction in Tucson, AZ. In September 2014, Cathy and Gil began an interfaith school for spiritual exploration and spiritual companioning — Wisdom’s Way Interfaith School in Phoenix, AZ, following the practices of The Circle Way and supported by Tacheria Interfaith Spirituality Center.
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Wednesday Workshops (B)
Dreams: A Portal to the Divine
Spiritual Direction is a psycho-spiritual relationship between seeker and companion and between the outer world of ego and the inner world of spirit. In spiritual companionship we often hear questions like “What does God want me to do or be?” “Where is there meaning in this situation?” “How do I know that what I hear is the voice of the Divine?”
What if there is a portal to the answers for these questions that is easily accessible and ever present? There is such a portal and it is dream work – the practice of translating messages from our nightly dreams into waking life understanding. Across time and religious traditions, dreams are known as a profound source of communication with the Divine.
This workshop introduces the practice of projective dream work based on the analytical psychology methods of Carl Jung; offering tools for navigating the path toward spiritual maturity, bypassing ego resistance by using the language of symbol and metaphor, imagery and story. Workshop participants are invited to bring a dream to share, or to participate in a circle to process a dream. The deep listening and shared inner images of the group experience introduce the deep inner work used to address psychological and spiritual issues frustrating our spiritual growth. Dream work enables practitioners to engage in social justice concerns motivated by compassion and reconciliation rather than projection, anger and self-righteousness. The projective method offers a model for both group and individual work and many Spiritual Directors find dream work to be a deepening and enriching modality for accessing divine wisdom in spiritual companionship. A brief lecture, with time for questions follows the facilitated dream group experience to expand on the foundational principles of Jungian psychology as a path to psychological wholeness, spiritual resilience and integrated social engagement.
Allen Proctor is the Director of the Haden Institute, a program that trains Spiritual Directors and Dream Workers in the Jungian, Mystical Christian tradition. Allen is a Spiritual Director, Dream Work Facilitator and Presbyterian minister. Throughout his ministry he has worked with others on questions of identity, relationships, vocation and meaning, using dream work, the Enneagram, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, meditation practices and Celtic spirituality.
Making Good Decisions: Practicing with the Ignatian Discernment Framework
Discernment is foundational to the life of every seeker, as we seek guidance of the Divine in all that we do. Whether a pilgrim pondering a transition in vocation, an activist plumbing for the most beneficial methods to challenge the status quo, or an elder desiring to harvest life experiences to pass on wisdom to the emerging generation, we all seek to connect with the collective consciousness of all that has gone before and all that is yet to come. Even more than the decision itself, we are cultivating a deepened relationship with the Divine, using the discernment process as a platform. In fact, life offers a series of discernment opportunities to grow in our relationship with the Divine, others, and ourselves. To be transformed into the very True Self we are invited to become.
In this hands-on workshop format, together we will walk through all eleven steps of the ancient discernment framework from St. Ignatius of Loyola, with a decision that each of us is currently discerning. We will invite questions and share insights throughout the session. We will share personal examples of application of the framework as needed to assist seekers in finding themselves in the process. We will allow ourselves to be led by the Divine into other relevant teachings that appear to have energy for the group, such as the connection of this material to the teachings of other mystics like St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Richard Rohr and the like. We will allow ample silence for seekers to connect with the Divine throughout the session.
Laura Ann Lies
Ten Zen Ox & Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle: Spiritual Development from a Zen Perspective
Genjo Marinello Roshi
Genjo Marinello Roshi began his Zen training in 1975. He moved to Seattle in 1976 to serve as a VISTA community organizer in the central district of the city. In 1980 Genjo was ordained as a Zen monk, and in 1981-82 trained in Japan at the Zen temple Ryutaku-Ji. In 1999 Genjo succeeded Genki Takabayashi Roshi as the second abbot of the Seattle Zen temple, Chobo-Ji, and became a Dharma Heir in his lineage of Rinzai Zen in 2008. Genjo has been a member of the University Friends Meeting (Quakers) since 1983. In 1989, Genjo completed a certificate program in Spiritual Direction (The Pacific Jubilee Program). For several years Genjo was the volunteer Buddhist pastor of the Twin Rivers Correction Center in Monroe Washington and has served as adjunct faculty at the Seattle campus of Antioch University.
Spiritually Connected: Taking Tech from 2020 to 2022
Whether young or old, new or established, there are some things every spiritual companion needs to manage: scheduling, meeting, receiving and sending payments, record keeping, marketing, communications, and other forms of content management. The challenge is that the tools to managing these essentials keep evolving, especially with the sea changes of the last year. Unless we ask the right questions now and experiment well in the near future, we’ll miss the opportunity to stay relevant and available to today’s spiritual seekers. Some spiritual companions know these questions and experiments well. In sharing what they’ve learned with the community of SDI, they are equipping other spiritual companions to join them in retooling for listening in 2022.
- Bring your list of current tools and questions;
- Get a behind-the-curtain view of tools and tips from tech-experienced listeners;
- Explore the range of possibilities for the near future;
- Define your priorities and next steps
Samuel Rahberg is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and former Director of the Benedictine Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is author of Ice Break: A Collection of Poems and Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership. Sam holds a master’s degree in theology from Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN). In his spare time, you will find Sam tending his family’s small tree farm or fly fishing for trout in Southeast Minnesota. www.samuelrahberg.com
Christianne Squires leads a community for contemplative women called the Light House, where she is on a mission to gather 5,000 contemplative, lightbearing women in a deeply supportive experience of community over the next five years. Formerly, Christianne founded and ran a company called Bookwifery, which merged her vocation as a spiritual director with her twenty years of experience in book publishing and editorial. She served as an SDI New Contemplative in 2013 and holds an MA in spiritual formation and leadership and an MS in entertainment business. As a trained spiritual director and spiritual formation practitioner, one of Christianne’s chief delights is helping people discern their invitations and put that discernment into action. She writes, teaches, and leads at the intersection of naming our light, noticing our invitations, practicing discernment, and living the contemplative way through her work at A Contemplative Light.
Angela Ford Nelson
Rev. Angela Ford Nelson is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church where she fulfills her call to Word, Sacrament and Oder as the pastor of Good Hope Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Camden, SC. Angela is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she earned the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a graduate from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia S.C where she received a Master of Divinity and a Certification in Spiritual Direction. For the past 18 years, Angela has served as guest speaker, retreat designer, and retreat leader for ministry events across the United States. Her Spiritual Direction practice called “The Sanctuary” is an oasis where Directees can lean in to hear the voice of God. In her role as Spiritual Director, she also serves as a mentor in Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary’s Spiritual Direction Certification Program and Field Education Courses.
Ancestral Healing, Remembering, and Reverence
This workshop is a deep dive into our shared humanity across past, present, and future generations. There will be dedicated time to contemplate and journey with your ancestors and time to share that experience with one another. If you are curious to connect with your ancestors in ritually safe ways and in ways that can usher forth personal, familial, and cultural healing, then this would be a fruitful container for you and yours. When we come together in intergenerational ways and relate with our wise, beloved ancestors, we can emerge with a deeper understanding of our inherent and organic connectedness. I hope you’ll join us!
Lindsay Sudeikis is an animist, ritualist, and ancestral healing practitioner. Her work is informed by wonder, mystery, and a deep relationship with the Holy and equity. As a former Catholic nun, Linday’s focus on the ancestors and spiritual counseling emerges from classical philosophy inquiry and 20 years of metabolizing Catholic teaching at considerable depth. Since 1999, she’s journeyed with thousands of people on their quest for wholeness and collective liberation through circle discussions, session work, retreats, immersive service experiences, and civic engagement throughout North America and parts of Europe. Her people hail from Lithuanian, Irish, and Slavic lands and she currently resides between Brooklyn, New York, traditional homelands of the Lenape and Cork, Ireland.