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Deadline May 15! extended to May 31!

Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction announces its third annual juried poetry contest.

The grand prize winner will be awarded a $100.00 USD cash prize. Three runners up will receive $75.00 USD each. The top four selections will be published in the September, December, March, and June issues of Presence, respectively. A number of honorable mentions will also be selected for future publication.

Anyone may enter. However, there are a few simple guidelines to follow.

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Spiritual Directors International executive director Liz Budd Ellmann wrote a story of hope and perseverance that appeared in the November 25 edition of the Seattle Times.

Soon a light rain hushed some of the scary night sounds. It threatened to dampen the pile of twigs and branches I had carefully collected to fuel the fire.

The drizzle became a downpour, and my fire began to suffer. I knelt with my ear to the wet ground and blew on the embers.

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Spiritual Directors International member Bruce W. Tallman sends these suggestions:

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Nearly 800 people gathered in Singapore to learn more about the ministry of spiritual direction. Regional Coordinator, Sr. Elizabeth Lim, RGS reports from Singapore, “Our conference ‘Tending the Holy in Our Lives’ has come to a conclusion. Both Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, and Jim Keegan, SJ, who shared their wonderful gifts with us, returned day before yesterday and should be back on home ground now! It was indeed a wonderful experience for our region (Malaysia-Indonesia-Singapore). Much learning took place, networking and bonding of friendships which however, included all those tending the holy from the Philippines, Thailand, Australia, and West and East Malaysia!”

Click here to read about the conference, attended by nearly 800 people over four days.

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Spiritual Directors International has so many talented writers and thinkers that are integral to our global learning community. Many new and valuable book and media resources are being released in 2006 and 2007!

[@more@]To celebrate the gifts of member authors, you are invited to participate in the “Book Celebration” that will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada during the evening of Thursday, April 12, 2007. After you have registered for “Coming Home to the Cosmos” annual events, please contact Pegge Bernecker at reviews@sdiworld.org for more information, and to participate in the book celebration. You will be asked to provide your book title, publisher contact, and ISBN number.

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For a closer look at the Melbourne, Australia July 2006 Gathering, click here.

For a closer look at the Sydney, Australia July 2006 Gathering, click here.

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Kris Berggren interviewed many members of Spiritual Directors International for her story on how spiritual direction is helping people grow in their relationship with God. For a reprint, click here.[@more@]

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