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Alcoholism

Guest Author: 
Steven Crandell

Are you new to SDI? Never been to our conference? Visit this webpage to see photos and watch video from the 2018 conference so you can get a sense of what it's like.

 

WATCH: New Contemplative Sally Kingsland describes her SDI Conference experience. She talks about finding her "new tribe."


When we connect, we are complete.

 

The SDI Conference "Seeking Connection - Across Generations" (March 14-17, 2019) is an invitation to create community in a way that creates positive change.

Why attend?

  • Experience a community of integrity.
  • Learn from other generations & traditions.

  • Witness transformative wisdom.

  • Discover through body, place & spirit.
  • Celebrate our global contemplative calling.

  • Be spiritually replenished.

 

What makes this conference an opportunity to grow?

It’s not just the remarkable speakers. It’s not the workshops you can attend ... or  the option to make a spiritual journey … or go on a 4-day retreat ….or to join a full-day seminars to learn in-depth. 

It’s the people.

Guest Author: 
Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares

 

Editor's note: The executive director of Spirtual Directors International, Anil Singh-Molares, wrote a version of this piece for the SDI newsletter "Listen"  earlier this year. The response from our membership was so positive and strong we wanted to share it here in hopes of widening the discussion and hearing more from the community. Please let us know what your answer is below in the comments. (And for context on the above quote -- check out the cool 4-minute video with Rev. Vaccariello.

What is a spiritual director/ spiritual companion?

 

One question, many answers.

The term “spiritual director” has many associations and a long history in the Abrahamic faiths traditions, where it has been closely associated with certain strands of Judaism, with spiritual directors referred to as “Hashpa'ah” or “Mashpai’h,” (depending on the strand); Christian and, much later, in particular Ignatian spirituality; and in the Islamic Sufi path, where the spiritual director is known as a “Murshid.” But even within these traditions there is great (and increasing) variability in how the terms are used, defined, and contextualized. The common approach that they share is that in all of them, the spiritual director is a spiritual companion who looks to engage with seekers in an open and non-judgmental way, steeped in contemplative practice and deep listening, to provide guidance and enable seekers to get closer to God.

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