Spiritual Directors International

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Special Events


The next gathering of spiritual directors and companions in Northern Virginia will be on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207.  Park in the parking lot on Glebe Road, cross 16th Street, come up the stairs into the building and the Gathering Space. There is handicap parking in the lot and a handicap entrance facing Glebe Road.  After crossing 16th street, use the elevator at the Glebe Road handicap entrance instead of the 16th Street doors and take the elevator to the Sanctuary level.

We will have the privilege of hosting one of the founders of SDI, Lucy Abbott Tucker, who will lead us in a workshop she calls "Down the Rabbit Hole, The Wonder of Spiritual Direction."  The workshop will consider three qualities that Alice needed for her journey into Wonderland:  the willingness to be messy, the gift of curiosity, and the gift of courage.  We will consider what these qualities look like and require of our directees and what they invite us to as spiritual directors.  Our time together will include input and discussion. We will be asking participants to donate $5 for this special program.

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Spiritual Directors International, with the support of the Patrick and Anthony Wright Formation and Education Fund is excited to host the inaugural SDI Research Symposium, titled “Spiritual Direction without Borders” to be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne August 21st and 22nd 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Whether you are a student, academic, researcher or practitioner, we offer a collaborative and open space in which to explore research in spiritual direction and spirituality in academic settings. This symposium will allow participates to come together to share knowledge and forge research networks.

The 2019 SDI Research Symposium includes:

  • Keynote presentations each day by David Tacey, on the themes of ‘Spirituality in secular Australia’ and ‘The Spirituality of the Whole Person.'
  • Panel discussions providing themed provocations for researchers focused upon the inherent challenges of undertaking research in the areas of spirituality and spiritual direction in academic settings.
  • Roundtable-style discussions—sharing and debating research on the topic of spirituality and spiritual direction with a diverse range of topics.
  • ·Additional presentations showcasing innovative and thought-provoking theoretical or methodological perspectives.

About the research symposium:

This academically accredited symposium invites researchers in the field of spiritual direction and spirituality to present their findings to the broader spiritual direction community. The project seeks to promote exploration of spirituality and spiritual direction within and beyond the boundaries of current understanding and expression. The symposium will embrace a range of religious traditions and spiritual perspectives while seeking to find a way to accommodate the distinctive nature of spiritual direction within the range of traditions.

Learn more and register here: https://www.sdiworld.org/educational-event/spiritual-direction-without-borders-research-symposium-melbourne-australia

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