Wellspring, a spirituality blog for Unitarian Universalists, describes writing as a spiritual practice.
When I write to save my soul, it’s not pretty our polished. The pen scrawls across the page as I search for the words that are going to crack my heart open, just a bit, so I can see inside. Some days, the writing is fruitful and I learn the mysteries of god. Other days, it’s more like drinking a strong cup of coffee; I become alert and attend to the trouble in my life with clarity. And some days, I think my writing is the prayer in my soul that needs air and its appearance on the page surprises me more than anything.
In so-called spiritual direction, for example, there is often the temptation to move someone into the light when they are in fact in darkness. However well-intentioned, this is a move into false light; the move itself is a lie, and if not properly discerned can become demonic. If we measure ourselves or others against any false horizon, or use a false horizon for discernment, we are in illusion. Transformation takes place out of our sight by grace and can be measured only by the coordinates of grace.
Though Gallup polls dating to the '50s say young adults are less likely to attend services or say religion is very important in their lives, clergy of all stripes say they are seeing a small wave of young adults who are more pious than their parents.
What's your experience? Are you noticiing an increase in younger directees?
The official Kabbalah Blog of the Bnei Baruch World Center for Kabbalah Studies has posted a three minute video that describes the role of a spiritual teacher in Kabbalah. Rav Michael Laitman, PhD, discusses the role of a Kabbalist teacher and spiritual attainment with European MTV host Eden Harel.
An auto body shop owner and spiritual follower blogs about the value of spiritual direction. He notes that anyone in a ministerial leadership position should have a spiritual director. He also lists some components of spiritual direction that new directees need to be aware of, including:
Spiritual Directors International member, Ron Rolheiser, OMI, was honored for his 25 years of teaching summer courses in theology and spirituality at Seattle University. Coordinating Council member Terry Moran, CSSR, and Executive Director, Liz Ellmann, MDiv, attended a dinner in Ron’s honor. Many spiritual directors in the Seattle area attended Ron’s talk about “Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionaries to Our Own Children.”
Spiritual Directors International member, Ann Winsor, visited Liz Ellmann during her recent visit to
Seattle, Washington, USA for the Episcopal Conference Ministry Conference. Liz and
Ann talked about ways spiritual directors might support young adults in their faith
The Dallas News Religion blog recently reported on a Gallup poll that found, in the United States, confidence in religious institutions is waning.
The confidence level is one of the lowest for institutionalized religion in the 30-plus years that Gallup has conducted the poll. Peaking at 68 percent in May 1975, the figure bottomed out at 45 percent in June 2003.