The primary calling of every human being is to “become yourself,” to encourage and honor the unfolding and evolving of your own unique gifts, experiences, and presence in the world, and to offer yourself in service to life on this planet as best you can. Your job and your professional roles and responsibilities are more like a “secondary calling” and, at best, do not conflict with your primary calling.
The aim of spiritual direction is to honor your primary calling, to slow down, to reach beneath the surface waters of your life, so that you may connect more fully with your self, your soul, and all of life, and with what many call “the Spirit who dwells within you.” At heart this is a practice of intentional companionship, human being with human being; a compassionate other who bears witness and keeps company with you as you seek to honor your own wisdom in living your life.
Although my own background and training are rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition and in the Episcopal Church, I consider myself a “free-range agnostic” in matters of theology and doctrine, and a “religious naturalist”* in matters of every-day piety. Poetry, music, art, and the natural world, as well as certain aspects of the world’s religious traditions, are primary sources of wisdom and nourishment.
Having relinquished my ordination as an Episcopal priest in order to find a different way forward, I have a particular interest in supporting those who seek their own authentic spiritual path, whether still within or on the margins of traditional religious forms. I know that walking such a path is solitary and at times lonely, and that finding yourself at odds with a tradition where you once fit can be painful and confusing, perhaps especially so for clergy.
Spiritual direction is truly collaborative work: you bring your desire and intention and a willingness to be vulnerable; we meet with curiosity, respect, and compassion. I pledge to listen well, ask thoughtful questions, speak honestly, and honor what you share in confidence. I bring years of experience and plenty of mistakes. I’m neither a spiritual expert nor a guru; rather, a fellow traveler.
One on one conversations, usually once a month, form the backbone of spiritual direction. They can take place either in person or by telephone. Payment for phone sessions is via PayPal; I send an invoice when an appointment is made.
I am happy to offer a thirty minute phone consultation free of charge if you are considering spiritual direction and would like to explore the possibility with me. I look forward to hearing from you by email to arrange a consultation.
- I have borrowed the term “religious naturalist” from the author Chet Raymo, in When God is Gone Everything Is Holy.