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Art and Practice of Spiritual Direction

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  1. Introduction to the Course
  2. Art and Practice Themes Outline 2021-22
  3. Art and Practice Book List 2021-22
  4. Welcome from Program Mentors
  5. Zoom Links
  6. Assignments and Resources
    11 Topics
  7. Video Pre-work for Session 2: The Circle of Life
    3 Topics
  8. Video Pre-work for Session 2: Theological Presuppositions
    3 Topics
  9. April 10: Session 2 Flow
  10. Labyrinth Gallery
  11. Real Play from April 10, 2021
    1 Topic
  12. Video Pre-Work for Session 3: Supervision
    6 Topics
  13. May 8: Session 3 Flow
  14. Video Pre-Work for Session 4: Interior Movements
    4 Topics
  15. June 12: Session 4 Flow
  16. Video Pre-Work for Session 5: Directing Another in Prayer
    5 Topics
  17. July 10: Session 5 Flow
  18. Video Pre-Work for Session 6: Jungian Psychology and Spiritual Direction
  19. September 11: Session 6 Flow
  20. Video Pre-Work for Session 7: Culture and Marginalization
    7 Topics
  21. October 9: Session 7 Flow
  22. Pre-Work for Session 8: Special Topics in Spirituality
  23. November 13: Session 8 Flow
  24. Pre-Work for Session 9: Discernment
  25. January 7 & 8 Discernment Weekend
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Write reflection paper.

  • Reflection paper due October 21
    • What did you learn about your own culture as we looked at other cultures and the margins?
    • What new understanding about other cultures is most prominent for you? Most challenging?
    • What are the implications of these learnings and understandings for you as a spiritual director?


  • Mentor group meeting with Quads – be prepared to spend a few minutes checking-in about how you are coming along with your presentation for November.
  • Meet with your supervisor
  • Meet with your spiritual director
  • Meet with your directees

This month each of you will work independently to help explore this month’s theme and share your experience and deep interest in an area of spirituality that is meaningful for you.

Download and Read:

Sisters of Mercy – Critical Concerns

Choose a book from your area of interest:

Suggested Titles for Special Topics in Spiritual Direction

Each intern will choose one book of interest to read for November and present their reflections to their Mentor Group

  • Kaleidoscope: Broadening the Palette in the Art of Spiritual Direction – Ineda P Adesanya, editor
  • Crossing to Avalon: A Woman’s Midlife Quest for the Sacred Feminine – Jean Shinoda Bolen M.D.
  • A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants – Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old – Parker Palmer
  • Soul Care in African American Practice – Barbara L. Peacock
  • Howard Thurman Essential Writings – Howard Thurman
  • Spirituality a Very Short Introduction: Exploring the Historical Foundations of Spirituality in the Major World Religions – Philip Sheldrake 
  • Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others –  Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Or, other book of choice (approved by Mentor)


    PRESENTATIONS – You will give your presentation to your own mentor group on Saturday, November 13.

    Presentation Prompts

    • Why did you choose this area of interest? 
    • What are you noticing about your response to the book?
    •  How are you challenged by the book? 
    • How does this area of spirituality connect to the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns?
    • What is emerging in your spiritual journey right now?
    • How do the ideas from the book add to your understanding of companioning another in spiritual direction? 

Prepare a brief 5-10 minute presentation about your book and your responses to the reflection questions. You may give your presentation as a speech/spoken, with PowerPoint, art, or media of choice to share with your mentor group during our next session.