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New Contemplatives Initiative

 Now Open for 2020

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(See the 2018 & 2019 New Contemplatives below)

 

The New Contemplatives Initiative is a container of vocational support and development opportunities for emerging spiritual companions in their first half of life. New Contemplatives enrich the SDI community with new forms and paradigms of spiritual care, bringing their voices to the center of the organization and the broader field of spiritual companionship. Together, we work to weave a web of intergenerational wisdom and practice, and to seek answers to: what is spiritual companionship for our times?

Objectives of the New Contemplatives Initiative:

 ● Bring together young people doing spiritual care work in new ways and in new spaces and provide for them a container to connect and grow together.

 ● Support them in their own spiritual formation and vocational/professional development via the conference itself, mentorship with a seasoned spiritual companion, SDI webinars, on-going community, and more.

● Build a bridge of connection, practice, and dialogue between the New Contemplatives and spiritual care providers of older generations. This will happen at the conference, through 1:1 mentorships, and through the New Contemplatives contributions to the educational and organizational programming of SDI.

 ● Support and encourage New Contemplatives in being contributors to SDI and the field of spiritual companioning through online offerings and content, in-person events, and through SDI’s various publications and communication outlets.

● Help bring the following question into the forefront of our work: What is required of a spiritual companion today, in these times?

SDI seeks candidates that reflect the human diversity of our planet. Some people have asked us what we mean by "diversity." To us, it includes - but is not limited to - a tapestry of spiritual traditions and practices, approaches to spiritual care, ethnicities and cultures, and sexual/gender orientations. SDI welcomes all people to what we call the Public Square of Spiritual Direction. We want our New Contemplatives to be just as inclusive. We also want to encourage promising future leaders in spiritual companionship, people inspired to help us grow our global movement of spiritual care. We welcome spiritual companions, directors, healers, and caregivers who are practicing their calling in myriad ways, and who are also interested in learning from the traditions this organization carries.

The theme of this year’s conference is Spiritual Direction for Our Times: Inward l Outward l Together. The New Contemplatives will play a vital role in the conversation around this central question: what is required of a spiritual companion today, in these troubled and transformative times? Or, rather: What are these times asking of us, as spiritual leaders and companions to others? We want to hear from young spiritual leaders who are already living into these questions.

Those accepted into the New Contemplatives Program receive full tuition to our annual conference, lodging, food stipend, and other forms of community and vocational support.  For full details see the application.

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 New Contemplatives 2019

Please click here to get acquainted with these amazing people who combine compassionate listening with an appetite for social change.

Donors help create the capacity for providing bursary and scholarships for New Contemplatives. If you are inspired by the next generation of spiritual companions and would like to support them, please donate to the New Contemplative bursary and scholarship fund in the secure SDI Store.

 

New Contemplatives  2018

Please click here to get acquainted with these 10 remarkable deep listeners who have answered the call to change the world from within.

Donors help create the capacity for providing bursary and scholarships for New Contemplatives. If you are inspired by the next generation of spiritual companions and would like to support them, please donate to the New Contemplative bursary and scholarship fund in the secure SDI Store.

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