Executive director, Liz Budd Ellmann, is quoted by Women's Press:
One of the goals of Spiritual Directors International, the Washington-state based membership organization of spiritual directors, is getting the word out about what spiritual directors do and are. According to Executive Director Liz Budd Ellman, MDiv, "We are all about reaching out, letting ordinary, everyday people know that spiritual direction-there was a time when it was for the priestly class, only for the religious, pure and pious-is really available for all of us.
By profession, they're Catholic nuns, chaplains, psychotherapists, college professors, meditation teachers, even ordained clergy. How are these "spiritual directors" different from therapists, life coaches and clergy?
So said Mark Twain once. Before he died that is. But even though rumors of his death eventually proved true, rumors of Spiritual Directors International's death are not.
There is another organization in the world, Retreats International, which is closing its doors at the end of this year. Retreats International is not associated with Spiritual Directors International. Spiritual Directors International is growing everyday, and there are lots of exciting plans for the future. So keep praying and working for the spread of the ministry of spiritual direction in the world. Spiritual Directors International is alive and well.
According to an old Turkish Sufi saying, "You can bandage a cut for yourself, but you cannot take out your own appendix." That is, we can learn and grow through our own efforts, but for profound spiritual transformation we need a guide.
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Workplace analysts report that a growing number of American companies are hiring chaplains to minister to their employees, offering counseling services and helping with family crises. Listen to this report by Joyce Russell on a pork-processing plant in Iowa that uses chaplains.[@more@]
Hannah takes her inspiration as a writer from the Pacific Northwest, USA, landscape, where she lives with her husband, two sheep, three donkeys, twelve chickens and a dog on four creekside acres in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Her professional background includes education and hospital administration, from which she is now retired. She completed a course of study in spiritual direction in 2004 and sees directees in her home.
Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann was born in 1943 and was raised in South Africa. She and her husband Alan immigrated to Canada in 1966, where they have lived since. She is a psychotherapist and a spiritual director in private practice in Toronto. From 2001-2003 Jinks trained to become a spiritual guide in a program called Lev Shomea, which means “listening heart” in Hebrew.
Julie is a spiritual director, psychotherapist, and mom. Her love for dance has led her step by step on quite a journey of the soul (and sole). Her article, "God Danced the Day You Were Born" was published in the anthology, Jewish Spiritual Direction, by Barbara Breitman and Rabbi Avruhm Addison. She is on the core faculty of Lev Shomea, a Jewish spiritual direction training program in residence at Elat Chayyim retreat center in Connecticut.