'Tis the season to center and explore. So let's get started.
Have a look at our latest SDI spiritual journeys. Pull out your calendar (and your atlas!) and click one the images above. Then discern on the possibilities for spiritual adventure - remembering a tenet from one of the world's oldest religions, Zorastrianism:
We worship the creator by celebrating creation.
NEW RESOURCES - SDI is delighted to announce two new resources for our worldwide spiritual companionship community -- "A Portrait of a Spiritual Director" and "5 Principles for Spiritual Direction Training Programs." These documents are the result of months of consultation, discernment and dialogue with members of our community and a great deal of work by an SDI taskforce led by Lucy Abbott Tucker and Christine Luna Munger. Designed as guidelines, these resources are living documents. If you care at all about spiritual companionship, we encourage you to read them and tell us what you think. Each document will evolve in the years to come. Your ideas and insights will help shape that evolution.
WATCH NOW - CONTEMPLATION AS AN ANTIDOTE TO HATE - Rabbi Amy Eilberg will be a speaker at SDI's conference Seeking Connection - Across Generations, March 14-17, 2019 in Bellevue, Washington, USA. She is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. A long-time spiritual director, she is very active working for justice and peace. In this video, she talks about how contemplative practice can help us avoid burnout and turn away from hate, even in contentious times. Watch the longer interview she did with SDI executive director Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares here.
LATEST NEWS -
#SeekingConnection2019 is a chance to build contemplative community with hundreds of spiritual companions. Act now to secure your spot in your favorite conference workshops. (Some have limited space.) Members save $100 off registration. And if you register now, you will save another $100. (Prices rise $100 after Jan. 31, 2019.) Join us.
~Never been to our conference? Visit this webpage to see video from the 2018 St. Louis conference.
SDI DOWN UNDER -- CALL FOR PAPERS: We're inviting researchers to present papers at a symposium entitled “Spiritual Direction Without Borders” to be held in Melbourne, Australia, August 21-22, 2019. We seek to encourage academic research in the area of spiritual companionship and spirituality in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. To learn more and submit a proposal to present, click here. We are deeply grateful for the generous donation of the Patrick and Anthony Wright Foundation, which made this symposium possible.
SDI PODCAST LAUNCH - Next month we will launch a new way for companions and seekers to learn and grow spiritually. The SDI Podcast will offer a wide range of perspectives, stories, and conversations centered on spiritual companionship and spiritual care.
NEW ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY - If you are interested in becoming a launch sponsor for the first 4 episodes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Episodes will be released weekly and permanently hosted - not only on our website but also on numerous podcast aggregators like iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and more..... What is a podcast? Learn more.
$2,500 Matching Gift Opportunity Please give now to help someone deserving (but economically disadvantaged) become a spiritual companion. SDI is delighted to announce a new matching gift: Every donation to the Diversity Scholarship Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,500. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who will add to the diversity of our spiritual direction community - someone who needs financial aid. A donation of any amount helps. Please click here to give.
Wishing you all a very restful, contemplative and uplifting holiday season. May we all find our strength and faith renewed and revitalized for 2019.