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Be sure your expanded listing is in the print version of Seek and Find: A Worldwide Resource Guide of Available Spiritual Directors. All current members of Spiritual Directors International who are available for spiritual direction will be listed in the print version of the Seek and Find Guide. However, if you want an expanded listing, you need to act soon. The deadline is May 1 for making it into the print version. (The print version will mail in August 2007.) Click here for more information on upgrading your listing.

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Most companies strive to be family-friendly. Some brag that they are gay-friendly. But how many are faith-friendly?

Not enough, says David Miller, a minister, author and former business executive. Ford, American Express and Tyson Foods are among the better-known faith-friendly firms.

Read about the movement among business people who want to integrate their religious beliefs and their work here.

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From car parts makers to fast food chains to financial service companies, corporations across the country are bringing chaplains into the workplace. At most companies, the chaplaincy resembles the military model, which calls for chaplains to serve the religiously diverse community before them, not to evangelize.

Read more about the growth of workplace chaplaincy in this New York Times article. [@more@]

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If you have a Web site, and you would like to let folks know you are a member of Spiritual Directors International, here is a handy link you can post. The instructions for posting the link are here. Every hit the Spiritual Directors International gets raises the Google ranking and spreads the word in the world about the ministry of spiritual direction.

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Kathleen FischerOn a sunny spring afternoon, Angela arrived at my office for her first spiritual- direction session. She was a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect, and was frankly a little embarrassed about her prayer life. An oncology nurse for many years, with three adult children and five grandchildren, Angela never felt she had enough time for prayer. At a retreat, she heard others talk about seeing a spiritual director, and it kindled a longing in her for that kind of support. Our initial session went well, and Angela decided to come again. After we had met monthly for more than a year, she reflected: “Spiritual direction is, for me, a place of safety and grace.

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Liz Ellmann, executive director of Spiritual Directors International, reports an inspiring start to the United Kingdom Catholic Network for Retreats and Spirituality conference in Swanwick, England, titled, “Dancing on the Edges: Rediscovering our Spiritual Roots."

Keynoter and Spiritual Directors International member, Valerie Lesniak, PhD, (shown at far left with Tess Rynn, SND) introduced the theme of spiritual director as “dancing, rooted and living on the edge.”

 

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Sr. Anne Attard, RSCJ and Sr. Christine Head On the way to the spiritual direction conference in Swanwick, Spiritual Directors International executive director Liz Ellmann stopped to celebrate the tenth day of Christmas with Sr. Anne Attard, RSCJ and Sr. Christine Head, RSCJ at Blythe Road Hospitality House in London, England.

 

The deep ebony crèche figures at the base of the tree come from Zaire where Sr. Anne ministered for years.  (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

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Hospitality: The Heart of Spiritual Direction
by Leslie A. Hay

In this latest addition to the Spiritual Directors International Series, professional spiritual directors and those in formation programs learn to extend traditional forms of hospitality by living out its deeper meaning as they explore ways in which the spirit of hospitality enriches the spiritual direction experience.

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