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Discernment in Spiritual Direction

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Discernment in Spiritual Direction
Dwight Judy
Six week On-line Course
September 22 – October 31, 2014
2 CEU’s

At the heart of spiritual direction is the process of discerning life-direction or life-meaning. This can also be described as seeking God’s will for each era of our life. This six-week on-line course will work through the resources of Discerning Life Transitions: Listening Together in Spiritual Direction with the author, Dwight Judy. We will note the many arenas of life that impact our discernment including work, family, health concerns, spiritual practices, and practical issues. As we companion others as spiritual directors, we listen for the soul’s deepest longings for meaningful service in our work, volunteer, and family commitments. Class participants will post weekly assignments on-line for small group interaction. Issues from their personal discernment and from directees will be explored in a confidential and supportive environment. A bibliography of additional resources in discernment will be shared. Each participant will read at least one of these books and share insights gained for spiritual direction with the class.

Plan to devote about 3.5 hours per week to reading, work on reflective exercises, posts on-line and on-line responses to fellow class participants. Initial written posts will be due on Thursday each week, with expectation of written responses to one another during the following week. There will not be any time that all group members must be present simultaneously during the course.

Required reading:

  • Dwight H. Judy, Discerning Life Transitions: Listening Together in Spiritual Direction, A Spiritual Directors International Book (New York: Morehouse, 2010).
  • Carol Ann Smith & Eugene F. Merz, Moment by Moment: A Retreat in Everyday Life (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2000).
  • Additional bibliography will be available on individual and group discernment.
Leader: Rev. Dwight H. Judy, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Dwight helped design the United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation approved in 2000 and has offered retreats in spiritual formation since 1980. He is an active spiritual director and retreat leader. He has served as a parish pastor and director of spiritual formation for a retreat center. He is author of Discerning Life Transitions; A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life; Christian Meditation and Inner Healing; Embracing God: Praying with Teresa of Avila; and Quest for the Mystical Christ: Awakening the Heart of Faith. Dwight and his wife, Ruth, are parents of two grown sons.

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