Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is experiencing spiritual issues. The director listens and asks questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction develops a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human.
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Spiritual Directors in the Southwest Conference
The Rev. Teresa Blythe is a full-time spiritual director dedicated to helping people discover where God is active in their daily lives and in the world. She is the founder of the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction housed at First UCC Phoenix, and serves as Director of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at Picture Rocks. An ordained UCC minister,Teresa’s spiritual direction practice is open and affirming of LGBTQ persons. Teresa has openings for directees so if you are interested please contact her by phone at 480-886-3828, email firstname.lastname@example.org or online at Facebook or Twitter.
Steven Lloyd Davis MDiv, MSW
”Talking the talk” and “Walking the walk” are often posited as juxtaposed expressions of the Christian life. The Rev. Steve Davis, certified Spiritual Director, UCC pastor for 40 years and Master's level Social Worker, he describes both his orientation to and experience of Spiritual Direction as that intersection where these two expressions (talk,walk) are vitally connected. Interpreting the Spirit's presence in one's life—comforting or challenging—is his orientation to the art and practice of Spiritual Direction.
The Rev. Sue Joiner is program director for Called Back to the Well - a spiritual renewal program for church leaders. Sue is ordained in the UCC and a member of the Shalem Society for Contemplative Leadership. She received certificates from the Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation, the Shalem Institute’s Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program and completed the Soulcraft Year Long Intensive program. Sue loves the wilderness, poetry, good books, great conversations, and beautiful places.
Amanda Petersen, M. Div., an ordained UCC pastor and owner of Pathways of Grace Spiritual Life Center in Phoenix, has experience as a pastor, hospice chaplain, spiritual director, life coach and artist. She has practiced spiritual direction for 21 years and did her training at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. She is adjunct faculty at Hesychia School for Spiritual Direction as well as other programs in the Valley. In addition to spiritual direction she provides supervision for spiritual directors and pastors. Her passion is creating a safe place for people to explore their contemplative walk. Website: www.pathwaysofgrace.com
Sharon became a Spiritual Director after ordination. She uses her training as a way to forge a connection between God and the directee - to see how she can be an intermediary. More a listening heart than a listening ear. She would like to have two or three more directees in the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area. Low fees. First time is free. SDI Ethics followed. Blog: soullinks.blogspot.com
Pat Slentz serves her community as hospital chaplain for Los Alamos Medical Center and as a hospice chaplain. She facilitates the local Ministerial Alliance and previously served on staff at United Church of Los Alamos as a UCC Commissioned Minister. She completed her training for Spiritual Direction through the Stillpoint Art of Spiritual Direction Formation and Training Program at Ghost Ranch. Pat has a passion for ecumenical and interfaith spiritual formation, compassionate listening, and exploration of God’s working in our lives.