Group spiritual direction has been an important part of Abbey Way from the very beginning. It has been a way we have deepened in our practice of listening and responding to God and to each other.
When we talk about spiritual direction group, we are talking about a specific process in which people gather together on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life. Healthy vulnerability is fostered as the group members are willing to be open to each other and the Spirit's work within the boundaries of the group process which includes quiet-presentation-quiet-reflection-quiet.
Notably, three conditions are essential to the life of the group:
members agree to commit themselves to an honest relationship with God;
to participate wholeheartedly in the group process through prayerful listening and response;
and to open their spiritual journeys for consideration by others.
During a series of six Sunday afternoons, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the group spiritual direction process. If you have been in a group before, are currently in a group or want to possibly be in a group, this is for you. We will go over the basics together while having an opportunity to partake in the process each time we meet. The group will meet once a month in a quiet space for about two and half hours on six Sundays.
Dates: October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 8
TIme: 12:30-3 PM, Lounge
If you are interested, RSVP to Pastor Jan by September 15. We need at least four people who are willing and able to commit to all six of the meeting dates and times for this to work. Please look over your calendar carefully before replying. The group will possibly be comprised of men and women. Ideally, familial members would have opportunity to be in different groups.