Spiritual Directors International

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2015 Emerging Wisdom Educational Events

14–22 April 2015

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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“We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone—we
find it with another.”
                                                                   —Thomas Merton

How will you be inspired and engaged in the inclusive, global learning community of SDI?

Come to Kentucky, where Thomas Merton lived, and find meaning for yourself and in community. Celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Spiritual Directors International and the hundredth anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth during the Emerging Wisdom educational events in 2015.

Merton’s call to wisdom—in the significance of silence, social and environmental justice, and imagination in spirituality—continues challenging us today. Be a part of the learning. Be a part of the visioning. Be a part of the contemplative movement. Be a part of this radically inclusive, global learning community.

You won’t want to miss actively living out our mission together in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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Dan Horan, OFM, will set the stage for the 2015 Emerging Wisdom educational events by delving into heart of Thomas Merton.

Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD, will share wisdom from Thomas Merton that inspires spiritual direction today. Particularly, what can we learn from Merton, as a creation mystic and environmental prophet, about how to live in right relationship with each other and with all of creation?

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan will illuminate the SDI community on the history of Sufi spiritual companionship, highlight universal truths that span spiritual traditions, and share the significance of the Sufi tradition in an increasingly interfaith world.

Brian McDermott, SJ, was a keynote presenter twenty-five years ago, during the first SDI conference. He will share with us how contemplation and spiritual direction have grown and changed. How is spiritual direction being passed down? Who was your mentor? Who are you mentoring?

Krista Tippett will share her passion for spiritual wisdom by addressing the relevance of spiritual direction today. Come be inspired.

While Parker Palmer is unable to join us in person, he will send a special video message to the participants of 2015 Emerging Wisdom educational events. We will spend time with conference spiritual directors, Valerie Brown and Karen Erlichman, visioning together the next twenty-five years of spiritual direction. 

Register today! Scholarships and bursaries are available to SDI members. If you need a scholarship or bursary, please fill out the event scholarship and bursary form. Everyone is welcome to participate in SDI educational events. Come expecting to connect, reflect, rest, and grow.

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