The Lived Experience of Group Spiritual Direction

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These moving, positive essays witness the experiences of participants in Shalem Institute's group spiritual direction workshops. Each

Author relates what he or she learned as a member, mentor or facilitator of a spiritual direction group?a community gathered together to seek and share a desire for God in communal silence, dialogue, intercessory prayer and discernment?and adapts it to a specific setting?the family, workplace, congregation, seminary, the homeless. The result is ...

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Overview

These moving, positive essays witness the experiences of participants in Shalem Institute's group spiritual direction workshops. Each

Author relates what he or she learned as a member, mentor or facilitator of a spiritual direction group—a community gathered together to seek and share a desire for God in communal silence, dialogue, intercessory prayer and discernment—and adapts it to a specific setting—the family, workplace, congregation, seminary, the homeless. The result is this collection—a loving, gentle testament to the power of spiritual direction groups—that enables young and old, clergy and laity of all faiths to realize, celebrate and proclaim a commonality of greater spiritual purpose.Fluid and well-honed, The Lived Experience of Group Spiritual Direction is of great value to seminarians, graduate students, church organizations, clergy and laity of all faiths, as well as to anyone seeking guidance on the value of group spiritual direction. It features biographies of its numerous contributors.

About the Authors Rose Mary Dougherty, S.S.N.D., holds an M.A. in spiritual theology from St. Louis University, and a certificate from the Shalem-Washington Theological Union's graduate program in spiritual guidance. She is the

Author of Paulist Press title Group Spiritual Direction Community for Discernment. Monica Maxon holds a Master's degree in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary. She edits the Shalem News and helped edit Living with Apocalypse Spiritual Resources for Social Compassion. Lynne Smith is a member of Shalem's board of directors and is a participant, facilitator and mentor for facilitators of group spiritual direction at Shalem Institute.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809141760
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,257,303
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Introduction 5
I Choosing Between One-to-One and Group Spiritual Direction 17
Reflections on an Eight-Year Journey 23
There Is a River ... 38
Individual and Group Spiritual Direction: A Comparison 45
II Group Spiritual Direction Within Communities of Worship 59
In a Parish Setting 65
Raising Holy Sparks 76
App An Invitation to Group Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Discernment Groups in a Congregational Setting 94
App. A Spiritual Discernment Groups Begin
App. B A Spiritual Discernment Group
Prayerfulness in a Parish Community 115
III Group Spiritual Direction with Clergy 127
Learning with a Clergy Group 131
Group Spiritual Direction with Clergy 145
App. A Group Spiritual Direction Opportunity for Northfield Clergy
App. B Reflections on Group Spiritual Direction
IV Group Spiritual Direction in a Variety of Settings 165
Tending to Spirituality in the Workplace 169
Sacred Story, Sacred Text 184
Group Spiritual Direction with Teenagers 198
Group Spiritual Direction in Seminary 214
App Class Bibliography
Group Spiritual Direction on Capitol Hill 234
V Core Understandings in Group Spiritual Direction 245
Experiencing Spiritual Community in Different Settings 249
Intercessory Prayer and Group Spiritual Direction 258
Silence: Opening Space for God 268
Conclusion: "It Would Have Been Enough" 280
Contributors 283
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