Intro to the Group Spiritual Direction Process
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.
On Saturday, January 26 from 8:30 to noon, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the 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 try out an abbreviated part of the process in small groups.
Group Spiritual Direction: What Is It?
Group spiritual direction is 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.
Three conditions are essential to the life of the group: members must 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. 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 of quiet-presentation-quiet-reflection-quiet.
The ideal group size is four people with a facilitator working with the group until the group is able to function independently. The group meets once a month in a quiet space for about two and half hours.
If you are interested, please RSVP to Pastor Jan by January 15. You will be expected to read an article in preparation for the day as well as reflect on an Epiphany faith story from your own life.