Community of Spiritual Directors

Events

Peer-led Group Supervision

Event date:
10-01-2012
Event End Date:
11-09-2012
Cut off date:
10-01-2012
Capacity:
Unlimited
Registered:
2
Individual Price:
$300.00
Location:
Online
  • 6-week on-line course
  • October 1 – November 9, 2012
  • 2 CEU’s
  • 3-4 hours of preparation and on-line participation required per week

Course Description: A primary way for spiritual directors to receive supervision is in peer-led supervision groups. This course will model the small group supervision process for peer supervision, a process which serves to sustain the ministering person, their ministry of soul-tending, and their continued need of community.

Since peer-led supervision calls for rotation of leadership among group members,

careful attention will be given to both guiding the rhythm of the group meeting (arrival and checking-in, crossing the threshold into a deeper place of listening and reflecting on a verbatim, followed by a time of fellowship and prayer), and to the

role and presence of the person offering peer leadership.

Who may participate? 1) Persons now in peer supervision groups who desire to deepen their understanding of the process, and 2) persons who are seeking a peer supervision group and wish to explore this process under skilled guidance.

Desired outcome: Participants will grow in self-awareness, confidence, and capacity to work within peer supervision groups. Active support will be given to create peer groups for those who are seeking such a group.

Course requirements: This course is open to persons who are actively offering spiritual guidance to one or more persons, and/or who are intentionally tending spiritual formation within a congregation or other ministry setting.

Course reading: 1. Course handouts – available from the instructor on line.

2. Barry and Connolly, The practice of Spiritual Direction. Part Three, Chs. 8-11.

3. Bumpus, Mary Rose and Rebecca Bradburn Langer, Eds. Supervision of Spiritual Directors: Engaging in Holy Mystery. Morehouse Publishing, 2005. Chapters to be assigned.

Instructor: Reverend Wendy J. Miller is Emerita Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where she continues to teach the Summer Institute in Spiritual Formation (which she founded in 1994). A retreat leader, and spiritual director, Wendy teaches Training in Spiritual Direction, a two-year program, in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama-West Florida, Upper New York, and New England conferences of the United Methodist Church. She is author of Learning to Listen: A Guide for Spiritual Friends (Upper Room Books, 1993), Invitation to Presence: A guide to Spiritual Disciplines (Upper Room Books, 1995), and Jesus, Our Spiritual Director: A Pilgrimage Through the Gospels (Upper Room Books, 2004). Wendy is an Adjunct Faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary.

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Spiritual Direction during Crisis of Impasse

Event date:
04-02-2013
Event End Date:
05-13-2013
Cut off date:
04-04-2013
Capacity:
30
Registered:
0
Individual Price:
$300.00
Location:
Online
  • April 2 - May 13, 2013
  • Rev. Wendy Miller
  • 6-week on-line course
  • 2 CEU’s
  • $300.00
  • 3-4 hours of preparation and participation required per week

Affirm the Covenant of the Community to participate

Course description: As spiritual directors, we pay attention to God’s presence and work in all seasons of people’s lives. One of the most challenging is the season of crisis and impasse. This season can be voiced in many ways:
            “I don’t believe in God any more.”
            “God has disappeared. I feel lost.”
            “I don’t know who I am any more.”
            “I have no idea what God wants me to do in this congregation. How do I serve as a spiritual director, or tend the
             soul here? I feel blocked and frustrated.”
            “I just lost my job, my house. My husband is in the hospital. Where is God?” “Prayer isn’t working for me. What am
             I supposed to do?”
Over the next six weeks we will pay close attention to crises of impasse – those occasions when “every normal manner of acting is brought to a standstill, and . . . . there is no way out.” We will receive guidance from scripture, spiritual writings, and prayerful listening to experiences of crisis and impasse in our own lives and the journey of others.

Course reading will include selected passages from:
1. Cronk, Sandra. Dark Night Journey: Inward Re-[atterning Towrd a Life Centered in God. Pendle Hill Puhlications, 1991. Chs. 5-8
2. FitzGerald, Constance. “Impassse and Dark Night”. Essay in Women’s Spirituality: Resources for Christian Development.” Second
    Edition, Paulist Press, 1996. Joann Wolski, Ed. pp.410-435.
3. John of the Cross, The Collected Works of St John of the Cross, trans. Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez (Washington, D.C.:
    Institute of Carmelite Studies).
4. Selected verbatim/experiences from our own practice of spiritual direction.

Who may participate: This course is designed for persons practicing spiritual direction who have, or who are facing a block in their ministry, personal life, or who are aware of a crisis of impasse in the life of a person or a group/congregation, and who desire guidance as they wait and walk with others. Readings, reflective responses, contemplative prayer, listening and discernment, will form the core of our work.

Course requirements: This course is open to persons who are actively offering spiritual guidance to one or more persons, and/or who are intentionally tending spiritual formation within a congregation or other ministry setting.

Instructor: Reverend Wendy J. Miller is Emerita Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where she continues to direct the summer institute in spiritual formation. A retreat leader, and spiritual director, she teaches two-year programs in spiritual guidance in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama-West Florida, Upper New York, New England, and other locations. Wendy is author of Learning to Listen: A Guide for Spiritual Friends (Upper Room Books, 1993), Invitation to Presence: A Guide to Spiritual Disciplines (Upper Room, 1995), and Jesus, Our Spiritual Director: A Pilgrimage through the Gospels (Upper Room, 2004). Wendy is an Adjunct Faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

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A Quiet Pentecost: Imagining and Enhancing your Spiritual Direction/Formation Ministry

Event date:
06-03-2013
Event End Date:
07-12-2013
Cut off date:
06-05-2013
Capacity:
30
Registered:
11
Individual Price:
$300.00
Location:
Online
  • June 3 - July 12, 2013
  • Dr. Dwight Judy
  • 6-week on-line course
  • 2 CEU’s
  • $300.00
  • 3-4 hours of preparation and participation required per week

Affirm the Covenant of the Community to participate

Course Description: Are you ready to imagine or enhance your spiritual direction/formation ministry? Do you have a team for support? Are you ready to create a planning group for your ministry, either within your congregation or as a free-standing ministry within your community? Join us in exploring the principles of spiritual direction/formation ministries, drawing on the stories of more than 40 practitioners in Dwight Judy’s new book: A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life. Work along with a team you assemble at your home-site or utilize the on-line support of fellow classmates to imagine such a group and begin planning.

Who may participate: Persons who are ready to imagine or enhance their spiritual direction/formation ministry within their congregation and community.

Desired outcome: Participants will examine the full range of spiritual direction/formation practices, including individual and small group spiritual direction, retreat ministry, and applications throughout congregational life. Models for developing an on-site ministry support team will be shared. Participants will develop brochure(s) and/or web-ready materials to share their ministry vision. Examples of a Spiritual Life Center focus for congregation and community will be explored.

Course requirements: This course is open to persons who are actively offering spiritual guidance to one or more persons, and/or who are intentionally tending spiritual formation within a congregation or other ministry setting.

Course reading: 

     1. Course handouts – available from the instructor on line.
     2. Dwight Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2013).                 
  
  3. Additional posted bibliography and spiritual direction/formation web-sties. Class participants will draw from the rich resources in
         spiritual direction/formation ministry to create their specialized learning objectives for the course.

Instructor: Reverend Dwight H. Judy, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He helped design the United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation, approved in 2000. He has offered retreats in spiritual formation since 1980. He regularly teaches core courses in spiritual formation and spiritual direction at the seminary. Dwight has served as a parish pastor and director of spiritual formation for a retreat center. He offers spiritual direction in Evanston and in Syracuse, Indiana. His books include A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013); Discerning Life Transitions: Listening Together in Spiritual Direction (Morehouse, 2010); Embracing God: Praying with Teresa of Avila (Abingdon, 1996); Quest for the Mystical Christ: Awakening the Heart of Faith (OSL Publications, 2003); Christian Meditation and Inner Healing (OSL Publications, 2000, 2010).

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Spiritual Practices to Nourish Your Soul: An Experiential Course for Spiritual Directors

Event date:
09-23-2013
Event End Date:
11-04-2013
Cut off date:
09-23-2013
Capacity:
16
Registered:
6
Individual Price:
$300.00
Location:
Online
  • September 23 - November 4, 2013
  • Rev. Jane Vennard
  • 6-week on-line course
  • 2 CEU’s
  • $300.00
  • 3-4 hours of preparation and participation required per week

Affirm the Covenant of the Community to participate

Course Description: As spiritual directors we need to attend to our own soul work in order to faithfully companion those who seek us out. This course will explore a variety of spiritual practices to refresh our spirits and nurture our souls. We will practice individually as well as having the opportunity to share our experiences with our classmates. Ways to help our directees engage is spiritual practice will also be discussed. Drawing from the wisdom of a variety of religious traditions, we will discover ways to integrate spiritual practices into our daily lives so our very life can become Practice.

Who may participate: Persons engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction, as well as those preparing for that ministry, who have a longing to explore soul work.



Course readings:

  1. Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul (Jane Vennard)
  2. Excerpts from Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices (Brian McLaren)
  3. Choice of one book from the SkyLight Paths Sacred Art – Preparing to Practice series: Dance – (Cynthia Winton-Henry), Bowing (Andi Young), Running (Warren A. Kay), Chant (Ana Hernandez), Lovingkindness (Rami Shapiro), Writing (Rami and Aron Shapiro), Fly Fishing (Eric Eisenkramer and Michael Attas)

Course requirements: Completion of the readings, exploration of spiritual practices, regular participation and sharing with classmates and the instructor.

Instructor: The Rev. Jane E. Vennard is Louise Warren Iliff Senior Adjunct Faculty in prayer and spirituality at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. In addition to Iliff, Jane has taught at the Pacific School of Religion, Vancouver School of Theology, Columbia Seminary, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is a regular faculty presenter with The Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation and teaches classes and leads retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings. Jane is engaged in a private practice of spiritual direction and is the author of numerous articles and seven books including Colorado Book Award winner Embracing the World: Praying for Justice and Peace (2003) and A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice (2005). Jane’s most recent book is Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul (2013).

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