Description: This course explores themes and practices related to a Benedictine disposition for spiritual direction. You will participate in experiential and reflective processes as individuals, small groups, and as a cohort to learn and practice the disciplines of contemplative listening. Those who continue into the year of Practicum toward a Certificate in Spiritual Direction will be well prepared for their responsibilities. Those who complete the course solely for personal and professional enrichment will have developed skills as listeners useful in many ministry contexts beyond spiritual direction. As part of a larger formation process for potential spiritual directors, this course explores the foundations of a ministry of listening, especially in preparation for the Practicum in Spiritual Direction. It is important to note at this stage that Spiritual Directors International recognizes that there is no certification process for spiritual direction in direct parallel to other helping professions. Training programs can provide a certificate indicating that a person has successfully completed the program of study, but do not “certify the charism.” The “certification” comes from the community when persons seek one out as a spiritual director and stay with her/him over a length of time. In addition, persons who engage in the ministry of spiritual direction commit to on-going training and supervision.
Topic areas: Interiority; Freedom; AuthenticityPTM418 Dynamics of Spiritual Direction (Moore, Rahberg)