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First Female Lutheran Presiding Bishop Appreciates Spiritual Direction

ELCA News Service

History was made in August when the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) ushered in its first female presiding bishop. Bishop Elizabeth Eaton now holds the highest office in a denomination that is home to almost 4 million members.

Eaton was recently interviewed by Time and discussed her personal appreciation of spiritual direction. She said “There are people now who are spiritual and not religious. I would characterize myself as religious but not spiritual.” She went on to say “In our synod we have seven spiritual directors who are specially trained and certified for their particular ministry, so I contacted one of the women and she said, “O.K. I want to be clear: I am not a psychologist, I am not a therapist, all I am is someone who can be your companion while you are having your conversation with God, and I will eavesdrop on your conversation and help you to stay honest in that.” We have been doing that for the past year or so, and it has made a huge difference.”

ELCA Presiding Bishop-elect Eaton will be installed October 5 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which will be open to the public. Her official start date is November 1.

Click here to read the entire interview or paste this URL in your browser http://bit.ly/TimeELCA.

Reflection:

How does the new bishop’s acknowledgement of the value of spiritual direction inspire you to bring spiritual direction into your community?

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