“As Anglicans, we believe that God speaks to each of us because the Spirit is still alive and interacts with us – Yes, through the Word; Yes, in worship and in the sacred – but also personally as well… In Spiritual Direction, which is not counseling and not teaching, the spiritual director (someone who is trained) helps us find God’s voice in our own life and to find the path of His working. In sharing your story, in sharing where God seems to be in that story, the spiritual director helps you see where the common threads of God’s work might be, and helps you be open to that thread and respond.” (Fr. Tim Clayton)
“We define Christian Spiritual Direction, then, as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.” (Barry and Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction, p. 8)
How It Works
In your one hour, monthly sessions, the spiritual director helps you to Recognize how God has been reaching into your life during the day, to Articulate what you are experiencing with God, to Pay Attention to what God might be inviting you to do, and then to consider how you might Respond. How great is that!
Several trained spiritual directors live and minister in the North Shore area. Contact spiritual director Wendy Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the list of trained Anglican spiritual directors. As well,
Evangelical Spiritual Directors Network can refer you to directors outside of our congregation, if you desire. Both lists contain personal paragraphs about the directors to help you discern who God might be leading you to pick to help you move more attentively with God in your journey of loving and serving Him.