Douglas Cripe

City: Elkhart

State: IN

Languages: English

Personalized Affiliation: Christianity

Spiritual Spheres: Bahai, Christianity, Interfaith, Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Unitarian Universalist

Category: Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion

Email: [email protected]



Focus Area: Divorced/Widowed, Elderly/Mature, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, Mindfulness/Meditation, Young Adults

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Profile: As a pastor for over 30 years, I have served in local congregations, as a hospital chaplain, a curriculum writer/editor, and religion adjunct faculty in a university. Part of my ministry has included interfaith dialogue and efforts to heal divisions of racism. While most of my time as a spiritual companion has been within a congregational setting, I have learned to hear most conversations within and outside the church as moments of Sacred Moments. Although dialogue was limited to those living near me, during the pandemic I shifted to spiritual conversations via Zoom, providing opportunities beyond the traditional setting of a room. During my years of congregational ministry, I intuitively listened with a spiritual ear, though three years of training as a Spiritual Director have sharpened my listening as the Spirit nudges me to hear deeper longings. Just as my Spiritual Director has helped me sense God\'s movement in my life, I hope to help others sense the Spirit\'s movement within their lives. I grew up within the Mennonite tradition, giving me a passion for peace and justice. My years serving as a pastor within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has provided me an ecumenical vision, seeing the church as one Body expressed in many ways. After 9/11, I co-founded an interfaith partnership that continues to thrive, bringing people of various faith traditions together for dialogue. These experiences have helped me listen to the faith-stirrings of those who may not fit the traditional norms of church or faith, for God moves beyond the boundaries that we often create.


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